Animals of Aotearoa (HB)

Author(s): Gillian Candler; Ned Barraud

NZ Non Fiction | Animals

Animals of Aotearoa is a must-have compendium for children curious about New Zealand’s wild animals.


Based on the award-winning and best-selling ‘Explore and Discover’ children’s series about New Zealand’s natural history, this book is packed full of illustrations and information about our native animals, both common and rare, as well as many well-known introduced animals. The book includes land and sea birds, frogs and lizards, many kinds of fish and other marine creatures, insects and invertebrates.


This is an essential and beautiful reference book for all New Zealand kids. Children can pore over the pages on their own or read it with an adult, but with such engaging images and fun facts, this is a reference book we will all wish we’d had as a child.

George's Review:


Animals of Aotearoa, another wonderful collaboration between author Gillian Candler and illustrator Ned Barraud, is an informative guide to Aotearoa's native and introduced species.

There are so many creatures to discover, each one beautifully illustrated with an interesting fact about its habitat, appearance and behaviour, as well as a strong emphasis on te reo, and Te Ao Maaori (Maaori worldview). In Maaori mythology, tuatara and mangoo (shark) are brothers, children of Tangaroa, god of the sea. Tokoeka, our southern brown kiwi, means 'weka with a walking stick' in te reo.

There's an abundance of knowledge in this book about our native wildlife to learn and absorb, and this would be a great classroom resource and for those budding nature enthusiasts! For ages 8+.

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Gillian was a secondary-school teacher before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media in Wellington, where she worked on a wide range of publications for children, including books about science and the environment. She currently works as a writer and an educational publishing consultant from her home in Pukerua Bay. Gillian is passionate about understanding and appreciating New Zealand’s wild places, however close to home they might be.


NED BARRAUD is an illustrator with a keen passion for the natural world. For as long as he can remember, Ned has been fascinated by the form and beauty of the insect kingdom, with some of his earliest artwork depicting beetles, shining like jewels.


Ned illustrated all six books in the award-winning ‘explore & discover’ series. He released his first fiction title, Moonman in 2014, and the acclaimed Watch Out for the Weka in 2017.


Ned works at Weta Digital as a texture artist. When he’s at home with his wife, three children and menagerie of pets, Ned enjoys exploring in the garden, discovering new bugs, creating habitats and making wētā hotels.

General Fields

  • : 9780947503895
  • : Potton & Burton Limited
  • : Craig Potton Publishing
  • : October 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 590.993
  • : 108
  • : Gillian Candler; Ned Barraud
  • : Hardback
  • : Ned Barraud