Resource: Pacific Islander Books

Every now and then someone tells me that they want to read more books by Pasifika authors, but they just can’t find any. That is why I decided to put together a list for readers looking for more Pasifika books. Below you will find databases that list Māori and/or Pacific Islander books and lists of Māori and Pacific Islander books.


Writers Files – New Zealand Book Council

Huia – Authors

Tales from Pasifika

New Release Pasifika

NZ Pacific Picture Book Collection


Book Lists

Our Stories – Tala mai le Moana

Hawaiian and Pacific Islander

Why Aren’t You Reading Brown?

Tina Makereti: five Maori and Pasifika favourites

Māori (and Pasifika) writing in 2017: Thalia Kehoe Rowden recommends 22 picture books that feature Pasifika and Māori children 

Milestones in Māori picture book publishing

Popular Pacific kids’ books

Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications – A sample list of 150 non-fiction books

Ten Books: Pacific Fiction

Literature of the Pacific: Samoan Literature

Literature of the Pacific: Māori Literature

Literature of the Pacific: Pacific Island Literature

List of Native Hawaiian Authors

“Native Hawaiian #Ownvoices:” The Non-Fiction Edition

3 On A YA Theme: Hawaii


Please let me know if you have any resources to add to this list.


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