Saturday, March 6, 2021

My latest book

Last month (February 2021) I had a brand new book out... New Zealand Disasters: Our response, resilience and recovery' illustrated by the talented Marco Ivancic and published by Scholastic. As well as revealing the historical, contemporary and just-happened incidents, the book includes what we've learned from the disasters. We wanted to give the book a positive slant. There's also tips on what to do if you're caught in a disaster, what to pack when evacuating, and how to recover. We've also included the important people who help us get through the disasters. Here's a couple of page spreads to show you how cool it is:

The text shows what it was like during the earthquake.

We also say what the country learned from each disaster.
In the Back Matter we showcase the First Responders and Essential Workers

There're also tips on how to Respond, Recover and be Resilient
The snazzy cover designed by Smartwork Creative.

Thanks to the team for helping make the book look so good. The Team: Marco Ivancic (illustrator); Lynette Evans (Scholastic publisher), Penny Scown (editor), Abby Haverkamp (admin), and Smartwork Creative (design team).

Teacher Notes here.

ISNB: 978-1-77543-621-8
RRP $30 (hardback)
Available from all good bookshops including:

Reviews here:
Listen to some interviews on MariaGillChildrensBook Facebook Page.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

New Titles since Kate Sheppard

Eek! I'm a little behind ... since 'Kate Sheppard: Leading the way for Women' I've had these books published:

This book shows the top five most endangered birds, insects, fish, mammals, reptiles, etc
Inside picture 'On the Brink' by Terry Fitzgibbon

'Ice Breaker!' came out in February 2020

Inside illustrations by Alistair Hughes

This year I'm doing a Masters in Creative Writing with AUT. I'm working on a creative nonfiction novel. James George has been my tutor and he's been great! I'm looking forward to reading the other 10 participants' stories when they're finished. Their stories range from poetry, to short stories, to junior fiction and young adult novels, and a memoir.

Next year I have two books coming out with Scholastic so watch this space ... One of them was supposed to come out in August but because of the pandemic, we've delayed it until February 2021. It's called 'New Zealand Disasters and How we Respond' with Marco Ivancic's stunning illustrations. I'll reveal a cover soon.

The second book comes out later. I finished writing it in February and currently chasing up photographs. All I'll tell you at this stage is that it has to do with animals and we've got a totally different style of artwork in the book.  But I'll keep you in suspense a little while longer for this one.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

New Book Out for Maria Gill

Following on from the success of 'Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes' - still in print after three reprints - Maria Gill and New Holland Publishers have just released 'Earthquakes! Shaking New Zealand'.

'Earthquakes: Shaking New Zealand'  helps young readers 8-12 years old learn what to do in an earthquake, understand why New Zealand has so many, and find out what happened in New Zealand's eight biggest earthquakes. Written and designed to capture its young audience, it has many photographs, a Māori God that pops up in text boxes, interactive symbols, a tongue-in-cheek multi-choice questionnaire, a timeline that runs throughout the book, and lots more.

Available in shops the first week in June 2018.

See an interview with Maria here.

More information on its web page here.

ISBN: 9781869664862
RRP $24.99

Friday, March 9, 2018

Winning Team Releases Anzac Animals book


The winning author/illustrator duo that claimed the supreme children’s book award in 2016 – the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year prize – has again teamed up with publisher Scholastic New Zealand and designer Luke Kelly to produce a follow-up to the award-winning Anzac Heroes. This time they’ve written and illustrated a book about the animals that went to war.

Well-known children’s author Maria Gill and talented illustrator Marco Ivančić have proven they can do it again. Publishing Manager Lynette Evans says that Scholastic New Zealand couldn’t be happier with the response to the book from those who have already seen it. “Maria and Marco are a talented and unstoppable match. Maria’s meticulously researched text combines perfectly with the energy in Marco’s highly realistic illustrations to bring history to life in full colour and absorbing detail. We are privileged to partner with them in creating these timeless and information-loaded books for children.”

Anzac Animals includes the heartwarming stories of the mascots and working animals that helped the Anzacs during World War I and World War II. “There’s a mixture of the sad, funny, and awe-inspiring stories about the animals that went to war,” says Gill. “The tales show how much the animals meant to the Anzacs, and the lengths they would go to save their charges. I picked a wide range of animals, from kangaroos, cats, monkeys, a tortoise and a chicken, to dogs, horses, mules, donkeys, camels and pigeons. Some were found in the battle zones, others purchased from locals, and quite a few brought from home. They all made a difference to the men’s lives and helped them endure the war.” Girls and boys will enjoy reading the captivating stories, as well as poring over the stunning illustrations, photographs and graphics.

With 2018 being the final 100-year commemorations for World War I, the book is a compassionate note to end the anniversary. Gill is touring with Storylines to Christchurch schools from 12-16 March, with Duffy Books to Rotorua schools from 19-23 March, and giving workshops to local schools at the National Army Museum and then onto Napier Schools in the final week of March, including a book launch at Wardini’s Bookshop in Napier at 4pm on Wednesday 28 March.

Media enquiries:
Sophia Broom, Scholastic NZ
+64 9 968 9832

Monday, November 6, 2017

'Abel Tasman' and 'Toroa's Journey' Upcoming Events

If you live in these parts of the country do come along to one (or more) of these book events promoting my two latest books: