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Feana Tu'akoi

Feana_TuakoiFeana Tu’akoi has always loved words. She loves to say them, sing them, read them and write them. She writes both fiction and non-fiction – stories, poems, books, readers, diaries, plays, articles, activities, radio scripts, bios and blurbs – anything and everything! She began by writing short stories for adults (mainly published in magazines) and then branched out to include the children’s educational market. She now writes for the commercial market, too.

Selected bibliography:
  • What Is a Fish?, te reo edition He aha te Ika? (Scholastic 2007).
  • What Is a Reptile?, te reo edition He aha te Ngārara (Scholastic 2007).
  • What Is a Mammal?, te reo edition He aha te Ngoteūû (Scholastic 2007).
  • What Is a Bird?, te reo edition He aha te Manu (Scholastic 2007).
  • What Is an Amphibian?, te reo edition He aha te Kirihātua (Scholastic 2007).
  • Freaky Fish illustrated by Eleanor Meecham [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2008).
  • The Water Fight illustrated by Christopher White (Mallinson Rendel 2008).
  • Jonah's First Day illustrated by Samantha Asri, te reo edition Te Rā Tuatahi Mō (Scholastic 2010).
  • Lest We Forget illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt, te reo edition Kei Wareware Tatou na Kāterina Mataira nga kupu Māori (Scholastic 2011).
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Non-fiction List for What Is a…? series.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2008 Non-fiction Finalist for What Is a Fish?
  • LIANZA Elsie Locke Award 2008 Finalist for What Is a...? series.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Junior Fiction List for Freaky Fish.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Picture Books List for Lest We Forget.

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