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Sharon Holt

sharon holt at work 2016-546Sharon Holt lives in Hamilton with her husband and a cat called Dora, who isn’t much of an explorer. Sharon’s exploits have included navigating in car rallies, learning to fly planes before she could drive a car, and travelling in a jeep to a remote Bolivian village while suffering from food poisoning.

She chose her career as a children’s book author at the age of seven and finally remembered that dream at the age of 40. Realising she didn’t have a moment to lose, Sharon started sending stories to publishers immediately. Since then she has had many books, stories and articles published by educational and trade publishers. For several years her passion and full-time job was writing and publishing her award-winning Te Reo Singalong series of picture books with CDs. The books are now published by EduMaxi. Sharon is still involved with writing and marketing the books, as well as performing Te Reo Singalong shows with her husband Alan. She also presents te reo Māori pronunciation workshops and teaches pronunciation online through her Te Reo Māori Challenge Facebook page.

Selected bibliography:
  • It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Allen & Unwin 2006)
  • Sabotage! The Diary of Rowan Webb, Auckland, 1985 [My Story] (Scholastic 2008)
  • Your Mother Didn’t Do That! illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books 2009)
  • No Survivors: The Diary of Jackie Simms, Hamilton, 1979 [My Story] (Scholastic 2009)
  • Maranga Mai! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2012)
  • Kei te Peke Ahau illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2012)
  • Anei Ke! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (Writing Bug 2012)
  • Me Haere! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2013)
  • E Hia Nga Moe? illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2013)
  • Matariki illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • He aha tēnei? illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • Whai Mai illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • Mahi Tahi illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2015)
  • Kōrero Mai illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2015)
  • Te Wairua o Waitangi illustrated with photographs by Sophie Holt and others (The Writing Bug 2016).
  • Kia Ora illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2016).
  • Taku Mōkai illustrated with photographs by Sophie Holt (The Writing Bug 2016)
  • Te Taiao illustrated with photographs by Rachael Hale-McKenna (The Writing Bug 2017)
  • Ngā Āhua illustrated by Josh Morgan (The Writing Bug 2017)
  • Kōrero Māori ai au illustrated by Claudia Gadotti (The Writing Bug 2018)
  • Ka Maumahara Tonu illustrated by Jasmine Bailey (The Writing Bug 2018)
  • He Mīharo Te Manu illustrated with native bird photographs (EduMaxi 2018)
  • Haere Tonu illustrated by Miles Lawford (EduMaxi 2018)
  • He Huarākau illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher (EduMaxi 2019)
  • Picture Dictionary illustrated by Sarah Loughran, Miles Lawford and Stephanie Thatcher (EduMaxi 2019)
  • Ngā waka aituā illustrated by Francesca da Sacco (EduMaxi 2019)
  • Kua tae mai te Pō illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher (EduMaxi 2019
  • Te Haerenga illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher (EduMaxi 2020)
 
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction Shortlist for It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction List for It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Picture Books List for Your Mother Didn’t Do That!
  • Māori Language Awards 2012 Finalist for the Te Reo Singalong series.
  • Māori Language Awards 2013 Winner for Te Reo Singalong series
  • Māori Language Awards 2014 Finalist for Te Reo Singalong series
  • CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 Winner for Best Te Reo Resource
  • CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 Winner for Teachers' Choice Award
 

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