Author(s): Stacey Morrison
Help your tamariki to korero Māori with this brilliant first words book by Stacey Morrison, gorgeously illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly. My First Words in Māori equips your whanau with the first words you need to speak te reo at home together. With lively pictures labelled in Māori and English, each page introduces the concepts and words children use as they first begin to talk, get to know people and explore the world around them. Designed by Māori language champion and broadcaster Stacey Morrison for parents and tamariki to read together, with plenty of details in the illustrations to point out and name, scenes include: Taku Tinana/My Body, Taku Whanau/My Family, Taku Whare/My House, Wahi Takaro/At the Park, Tatahi/At the Beach, Te Marae/The Marae – and much more! This is the perfect book to bring the Māori language into your home and have fun with the kids on their language journey.
If you’d like to speak the beautiful Maori language with your kids, this is the book to get you started!
Stacey Morrison (Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa) is a radio and TV broadcaster whose projects have spanned 25 years. She is the co-host of the Drive show on The Hits, having previously worked on Mai FM and Flava, and her most recent TV credit was Whanau Living, which included the whole Morrison family on screen, offering lifestyle ideas and projects, all while speaking te reo Maori. Stacey's love of language learning, and desire to understand her heritage language, started as an AFS student in Japan. In 2016, she won Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori Champion Award for te reo Maori. She lives in Auckland with her husband Scotty and their three children, who are proud to speak Maori as their first language. Ali Teo and John O'Reilly are freelance New Zealand illustrators and designers who have collaborated on several award-winning children's books, including Tahi - One Lucky Kiwi (with Melanie Drewery), Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Melu (both with Kyle Mewburn). They live in Tauranga with their son Tiger.