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Melanie Drewery

Melanie_Drewery_1.jpgCreator of the Nanny Mihi series of books, Melanie Drewery  lives with her family on a farm at Ruby Bay near Nelson. She is a writer, an illustrator, and artist. Her work is almost always published in both Māori and English. Melanie strives to introduce te reo Māori in a non-threatening and engaging way.

Selected bibliography:
  • Nanny Mihi and the Rainbow illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Reed 2001).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Garden illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Reed 2002).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Birthday Surprise illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Reed 2003).
  • The Treasure illustrated by Bruce Potter (Reed 2003).
  • Matariki illustrated by Bruce Potter (Reed 2003).
  • Child of Aotearoa illustrated by Bruce Potter (Reed 2004).
  • Koro’s Medicine illustrated by Sabrina Malcolm (Huia 2004).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Treasure Hunt illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Reed 2004).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Christmas illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Reed 2005).
  • Papa’s Island illustrated by Fifi Colston (Reed 2006).
  • Itiiti’s Gift illustrated by Fifi Colston (Reed 2006)
  • Dad’s Takeaways illustrated by Christopher White (Mallinson Rendel 2007).
  • The Grumble Rumble Mumbler illustrated by Josh Smits (Huia Publishers 2007).
  • The Mad Tadpole Adventure illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Scholastic 2007).
  • Tahi: One Lucky Kiwi illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly (Random House 2007).
  • Big Fish, Little Fish (Reed 2008).
  • Jiminy Shows Off (Mallinson Rendel 2008).
  • Stories from Our Night Sky illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin 2009). 
  • Stranger Madness illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Scholastic 2010).
  • Fishing Fame illustrated by John Bennett (Scholastic 2012).
  • Yucky Mucky illustrated by Trevor Pye (Duck Creek Press 2012).
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2004 Picture Books List for Matariki.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2005 Picture Book Shortlist for Koro’s Medicine.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Picture Books List for Koro’s Medicine.
  • White Ravens List 2006 for Koro’s Medicine.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2006 Picture Books List for Nanny Mihi’s Christmas.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Picture Books List for Itiiti’s Gift.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Picture Books List for Dad’s Takeaways.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Picture Books List for The Grumble Rumble Mumbler.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Picture Books List for Tahi.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Junior Fiction List for The Mad Tadpole Adventure.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Junior Fiction List for Big Fish, Little Fish.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2009 Picture Book Winner for Tahi. 
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