Books for kids

 

Hi everyone,

I'm Melisa Sinclair, a NZ author and illustrator, and I want to tell you about my books. They are for preschool and primary school aged children, and great for young readers. The stories and characters are all inspired by my rural life in North Canterbury, surrounded by animals and nature.

 

The books are written in humorous rhyme and the illustrations are all done in watercolour pencil. I transfer the illustrations to the computer where I can work on the layout of text and illustrations together and get them all ready for printing. I publish them under my own label 'blockhill books' and they are available for purchase here.

 

Scroll down and have a look!

Buy all 4 books together at a discounted price!

Buy all 4 books together at a discounted price!

Sometimes it's hard to choose just one. So why not buy all 4!

I am Cat
I am Cat and That is Kitten
Weather or Not
Food is my Favourite
$60.00
I am Cat

I am Cat

I am CAT is narrated by a shamelessly proud feline who is happy to be unique from other animals. The story touches on concepts of self esteem and uses humour to reveal some of the ways in which Cat prefers being himself above all else. With it's simple rhyming text and soft colourful illustrations, the story will appeal to preschool and primary school aged children. The larger size (28cm x 21cm) with the larger font also makes it a great book for early readers.
  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Spine: perfect sewnbound
  • Width: 280mm
  • Height: 210mm
Click the 'view photos' button to see sample images of the story.
$20.00
  book  children  art  gibson  cat 
I am Cat and That is Kitten

I am Cat and That is Kitten

The 'sequel' to I am Cat.
I am Cat and That is Kitten is perfect for children who have just become a big brother or big sister. It explores the topics of siblings and sibling rivalry, learning to share, learning how to get along, and becoming friends. Written in rhyme with humorous illustrations, it demonstrates the feelings an older sibling might go through when welcoming a younger sibling into the family.

For preschool and primary school aged children, as well as young readers.
  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Perfect bound
  • Width: 190mm
  • Height: 148mm
$16.00
Weather or Not

Weather or Not

Weather or Not is a little book about changeable weather, changing your mind, and changing your clothes!

This story covers terms and concepts of New Zealand weather.

It will appeal to preschool and primary school aged children, and is perfect for young readers with its simple rhyming text.
  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Perfect bound
  • Width: 190mm
  • Height: 148mm
Click the pdf link below to see the first few pages.
$16.00
Food is my Favourite

Food is my Favourite

Food is my Favourite is a little rhyming book about a lot of yummy food. Narrated by a very hungry pig who is passionate about eating, the story is full of fruits and veggies, and covers topics like meals, food preparation, and not wasting food. Simple rhyming text and soft colourful illustrations make this a fun book for food lovers.

For preschool and primary school aged children, as well as young readers.


  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Perfect bound
  • Width: 190mm
  • Height: 148mm
$16.00
Fickle climate gets a book in its honour

Fickle climate gets a book in its honour

The notoriously changeable weather in New Zealand is the subject of a newly published book, the first by local author Melisa Sinclair.

Melisa is no stranger to children's literature, having worked in a children's library as well as writing reviews of children's books.

She has been interested in writing from a young age, but says her main credentials for becoming a children's author are simply that she used to be a child, and remembers clearly what used to appeal to her when being read to by her parents.

Weather or Not has colourful illustrations - also by Melisa - and simple text.
March 20, 2013
  melisa  book  media