I write award-winning factual books for children, about New Zealand nature. I also write blogs and the occasional magazine article. It’s important to me that my books are enjoyed by families, as well as welcomed by schools. I’m pleased to play a role in education outside of classrooms – in lifelong learning.
My books are available to purchase online at www.pottonandburton.co.nz and at all good bookstores across New Zealand.
The “explore and discover” series, illustrated by Ned Barraud and published by Potton and Burton.
- “At the Beach: explore and discover the New Zealand seashore“ published in 2012 – winner of the 2013 Elsie Locke Medal for non-fiction in the Lianza Children’s Book Awards and a finalist in the 2013 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards
- “In the Garden: explore and discover the New Zealand backyard“ published in 2013 – a 2014 Storylines Notable Book
- “Under the Ocean: explore and discover New Zealand’s sea life“ published in 2014 – a 2015 Storylines Notable Book and a finalist in the 2015 NZ Children’s Book Awards
- “In the Bush: explore and discover New Zealand’s native forests“ published in 2015
- “From Moa to Dinosaur: explore and discover ancient New Zealand“ published in 2016 – a finalist in the 2017 NZ Children’s Books Awards
- “Up the River: explore and discover New Zealand’s Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands” published in September 2017.
- “Animals of Aotearoa: explore and discover New Zealand’s wildlife” published in October 2018, named in the Listener Top 50 Children’s Books.
The “Whose …?” series, illustrated by Fraser Williamson and published by Potton and Burton:
- “Whose Beak is This?“ published in 2015- 2016 Storylines Notable Books Award and a finalist in the 2016 NZ Children’s Book Awards
- “Whose Feet are These?“ published in 2017 – 2018 Storylines Notable Books Award
- “Whose Home is This?” published in 2018 – Finalist in New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2019
Notes for Parents and Educators
Each of my books has notes for parents and educators which include more information and activity ideas. There is a link to each of these on the relevant book page on my publisher’s website. To access the notes for a particular book, click on the link for the book in the list above and then go to the Notes for Parents and Educators page.
You can read interviews and articles about my writing here:
- 28 October 2015 on Porirua Library Blog http://www.porirualibrary.org.nz/Services/Children-s-Library/Bee-s-Bookish-Blog
- on page 3 of The Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet Dec 2014 Newsletter: Author Talk: We Chat to Gillian Candler.
- 12 April 2017 on Porirua Library Blog http://porirualibrary.org.nz/Services/Children-s-Library/Bee-s-Bookish-Blog
- The Sapling 10 May 2017 http://www.thesapling.co.nz/single-post/2017/05/11/It’s-a-Fact-There-just-aren’t-enough-non-fiction-books-for-Kiwi-kids
- Backcountry November 2017 Nature for Children interview and reviews
- Magpies: talking about books for children Vol 33 Issue 5 Nov 2018 https://www.magpies.net.au/magpies-magazine-current-issue/
Read my nature blog here at www.explorediscovernature.blogspot.co.nz.
“Sometimes you discover books that you really wish had been available to you as a child. For me, and I imagine, very many others, Gillian Candler’s books about New Zealand’s flora and fauna most certainly fall into that category. ”
Bill Nagelkerke, Magpies: talking about books for children Vol 33 Issue 5 November 2018
“For me, these books have it all. They’re beautiful, interactive, thoughtfully written, include respectful use of te reo Māori, and increase children’s scientific skills and knowledge. Get hold of all three.”
From the review of “Whose Home is This?” Thalia Kehoe Rowden, The Sapling 26 July 2018
“Last night Under the Ocean was launched by Michele Whiting, Principal of Corinna School in Porirua East at the Children’s Bookshop at Kilbirnie, Wellington. Michele said she had test-driven the book in preparation for her launch speech with a group of enthusiastic readers from the school and their comments had more than ticked all the boxes for interest/ accessibility/ look of the book (design) and for general all over AWESOMENESS.”
Around the Bookshops review of Under the Ocean 2 October 2014