From the Experts

Dr Brent Mawson: Associate Dean Tai Tokerau, Faculty of Education, the University of Auckland 

As an early childhood educator with a particular interest in infants and toddlers I have been most impressed with the manner in which The Bookstart Series, with their focus on warm, loving relationships, have provided opportunities for rich mutual interactions between adults and young children. I look forward to future publications.


Jessie Davison: Speech and Language Therapist, The Champion Centre, Christchurch 

‘Getting to know you’ is a delightful book that illustrates so carefully the growing relationship between a baby and a parent. Each photo demonstrates a shared engagement, which is so important for laying the foundation for communication development. This reciprocal engagement is seen in each page as a stunning story unfolds of a parent getting to know their baby and a baby beginning to trust in the most important people in their world. The words accurately describe the actions that a parent and baby take as they get to know one another during these early days. I would like to commend Annemarie Florian and Heather Hunt for putting together such a beautiful and real book illustrating the beginnings of such a new and special relationship.


Sue Scott: Children’s Librarian, Whangarei Libraries

I really rate the importance of books and libraries to children and their families in our communities; and as children’s librarians, I and my colleagues are often their first encounter with the excitement of learning.  If children can be inspired at any early age to take advantage of everything their community library can offer, then they’ll enrich themselves, and in turn their community will gain.  That’s why I’m so blatantly enthusiastic about these board books.  They’re designed with the babies in mind, so engage them first, with their gentle rhymes and real family photos; and for the parents who must read them over and over again, they offer a lovely range of interesting topics from their present world of parenting to talk about with the babies on their laps.

Whangarei District Libraries proudly initiated the Books for Babies scheme for our community in 2006; and with the ongoing support of other like-minded community organisations, we’re keen to ensure the scheme continues.  With the titles in the Bookstart series to gift as part of our package, our job of engaging babies and their parents, turning them on to books and libraries, is made so much easier.

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