Welcome to the World of Donovan Bixley
Join award-winning author and illustrator Donovan Bixley to discover and learn about the fascinating and fabulous forest birds of Aotearoa - including moa, tui, kakapo, whio and so many more!
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Publication Date: 28/06/2022
Have fun with these Donovan Bixley activity sheets!
Help friends find their hats and sunscreen so they can play outside on this activity sheet.
We are surrounded by shapes - can you see all the shapes in these pictures?
Vroom Vroom, Things that Go can be very noisy! Put this puzzle together and then make the sounds of each machine.
Have a really keen eye? Try to spot the difference!
Do you know a budding artist? See how they do at drawing a dog.
Road trips are fun! How about designing a caravan to go on adventures in?
Cheet cheet cheet! Pīwakawakas are fun to watch, but how about colouring one of your own?
My Kiwi Christmas
It's Christmas time! Let's create some Christmas cheer with Donovan Bixley's My Kiwi Christmas.
From Santa (Ko Hana Koko) to Christmas Tree (Rakau Kirihimete), decorations (He Whakarakei) to dessert (He purini), come explore Christmas with these brightly coloured illustrations and bilingual text.
My First Board Book: My Body
When you look in the mirror what do you see? Eyes, ears, nose, mouth and more. Learn the words for parts of your body and practice in both English and Te Reo Māori with this vibrant board book.
My First Board Book: Under the Sea
What can you see Under the Sea? A ginormous whale (tohora) or a tiny scallop (tipa)? Under the Sea is a fun and engaging adventure that is perfect for Kiwi kids!
My First Board Book: A Day at the Beach
What can you see on a day at the beach? A sandcastle (pa kirikiri), some waves (ngaru), or a lifeguard (kaikauhauora)? A DAY AT THE BEACH is a fun and engaging seaside excursion that is perfect for Kiwi kids!
My First Board Book: A Day at the Zoo
Learning animal names in English and Te Reo Māori is fun and interactive with this vibrant board book from award-winning illustrator Donovan Bixley.
The Christmas Looky Book
If you loved Donovan Bixley's bestselling LOOKY BOOK, you will adore THE CHRISTMAS LOOKY BOOK - a hilarious 24-page festive puzzle book with hours of quality fun for readers aged five and up.
My First Board Book: Shapes
A wonderfully illustrated Donovan Bixley board book for learning shapes in both English and Māori. Including the circle (porowhita), diamond (taimana) and stars (whetu).
My First Board Book: Things That Go
A wonderfully illustrated board book for learning machine names in both English and Te Reo Māori, featuring a fire engine (waka tinei ahi), a train (tereina) and the essential one . . . a digger (wakakari).
The Wheels on the Bus
"The wheels on the bus go round and round…"
Everyone knows the song. But now the bus is going around beautiful New Zealand and its passengers you just might know: kiwi, penguin, tuatara, fantail and many more. Come along for the ride!
Old MacDonald's Farm
"Old Macdonald had a farm — e-i-e-i-o…"
Everyone knows the song. But now the farm and animals are in New Zealand and old Macdonald has a Swanndri and gumboots. Donovan Bixley’s illustrations depict the
beautiful New Zealand landscape — with farm animals!
The Looky Book
The Looky Book is a puzzle book mostly for young children with 11 different puzzles all with colourful New Zealand landscapes, birds and animals.
Find the numbers with the crazy All Black lambs, spot the difference: the mischievous keas have changed around somebody’s campervan, find the animals hidden deep in the bush, match the farmers to their animals.
My First Board Book: Colours
'Ma is white, whero is red.'
Learning colours is fun and interactive with this classic Kiwi tune with Māori vocabulary.
The iconic Kiwi song, Ma is White, is given the Donovan Bixley treatment and made into a wonderful first board book. The book also includes additional colours not covered in the song, so readers can can expand their Māori vocabulary.
My First Board Book: Animals
Learning animal names in English and Māori is fun and interactive with this vibrant book featuring species native to New Zealand.
Featuring cow (kau), horse (hoiho) and sheep (hipi), but also bat (pekapeka), gecko (moko papa) and morepork (ruru). Perfect for Kiwi kids.
About Author & Illustrator Donovan Bixley
Donovan Bixley ONZM has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his books in 31 countries and 18 languages, including Te Reo Māori. He has won awards for both his illustrating and writing and won the Children's Choice award in 2013. In 2021 he became an Officer of the Order of New Zealand. With over 100 books published, his unique style of illustration brings delight and joy to readers both young and old. He lives on the crater's edge of the greatest volcanic eruption in human history (also known as Lake Taupo, in New Zealand).
Music fills his spare time alongside his wife and three daughters.