What children’s book author Dawn McMillan reads

Children's book author Dawn McMillan.

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Children’s book author Dawn McMillan.

Dawn McMillan is a children’s book author. It’s the 10th anniversary of the publication of his original book, I Need A New Bum! There is now a bilingual edition, Kia Hou Taku Tou! written with Stephanie Huriana Fong.

I read two books at a time. I’m halfway to Still Life by Sarah Winman and I love it. And now I’ve picked up The Mirror Book by Charlotte Grimshaw and I’m captivated. These two stories are so different and no problem for “double dipping”.

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I like to read memoirs and this year’s favorite book is A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville. The memoir of Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of wool baron John Macarthur, in early Sydney is a dance between what might have been true and what was made up. I decided to believe everything.

Picture books are what I love the most. I just bought ATUA: Māori Gods and Heroes by Gavin Bishop. What an incredible job!

Right now, I’m working on a new “Bum” story. What started as a “one-off” crazy idea turned into a series with the Red Pants Boy bringing together friends, family, and new adventures. Also bring together reluctant readers. I believe the love of reading is caught not taught and I was delighted to hear of so many children who have been ‘hooked’ into reading with these books.

Kia pai to kotou panuitanga!

Kia Hou Taku Tou! | I need a new bum! nā Dawn McMillan, nā Ross Kinnaird ngā whakaahua, nā Stephanie Huriana Fong i whakamāori, published by Oratia Media, RRP $19.99.

Grover Z. Barnes