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Nana's Shed - A Great Kiwi Book for Kids

“Nana’s Shed” is a new New Zealand children’s picture book from New Zealand author and illustrator team, Marie Munro and Rachel Doragh of Wellington.

The book will particularly appeal to Kiwi kids who enjoy building things, creativity and New Zealand plants and animals, activities such as searching for hidden objects, counting in English and Māori, or snuggling up and reading with their parents or grandparents.

Young readers who have just mastered reading will also enjoy the easy flow of its rhyming couplets and vivid, colourful illustrations.

“Nana’s Shed” is a story that reflects Kiwi ingenuity and the can-do attitude of the two little boys who successfully resolve Nana's problem. 


Nana dreams of having a shed in her garden. Despite the passing of time, the parts for the shed lie in a pile on the lawn. Grandson Jacob and his friend, Max, take matters into their own hands. Using some ingenuity, and sort of imagination that makes everything possible, they build the shed that Nana has always wanted!

Marie Munro

Marie has been a writer one way or another all her life. Whether as a teacher, journalist, desktop publisher, editor of her own community newspaper, the Motueka Sun, editor of Nelson's The Leader, or more recently, as a learning designer for the construction industry. However, her real love is storytelling and the time has now come for her to turn the invisible “Magic Story Book” of her classroom years into visible storybooks for the enjoyment of children, parents and grandparents.

Rachel Doragh

Rachel has always had a love of words and pictures and, after studying English Literature and Art History, found a way to bring those interests together in graphic design. She is a mother, part-time school librarian, artist and graphic designer. Rachel is responsible for the vibrant illustrations and book design of Nana's Shed.

Marie Munro

Marie has been a writer one way or another all her life. Whether as a teacher, journalist, desktop publisher, editor of her own community newspaper, the Motueka Sun, editor of Nelson's The Leader, or more recently, as a learning designer for the construction industry. However, her real love is storytelling and the time has now come for her to turn the invisible “Magic Story Book” of her classroom years into visible storybooks for the enjoyment of children, parents and grandparents.

Rachel Doragh

Rachel has always had a love of words and pictures and, after studying English Literature and Art History, found a way to bring those interests together in graphic design. She is a mother, part-time school librarian, artist and graphic designer. Rachel is responsible for the vibrant illustrations and book design of Nana's Shed.

Customer Feeback

“Our copy arrived in the mail today! I have already read it to our daughter three times before bed. I’m not exaggerating when I say that she loves it. When I asked if we should read it again she said ‘Yay, it’s so so so fun!’ It is such a beautiful book! I love how there is so much Kiwiana in it and it flows so beautifully. I had a lot of fun reading it.”
Demelza, parent, Nelson


“Love it more each time I read this little gem. Wonderful creation. Stunning illustrations. A magnificent classic which must be in every primary school and library, asap.”
Kath, university lecturer, Auckland


“Our grandsons were enchanted by this story of two boys, mucking in to build Nana's shed. The illustrations and activities provide another reason to come back to the book time and again.”
Kay, grandparent, Wellington


“…I've read it several times. Love the adventure Max and Jacob go on. Love that it is so interactive and children reading it have the opportunity to find little bugs and things.”
Trish, grandmother and early childhood teacher, Townsville, Australia


“Siyuan loves the story and all the pictures so much. She asks me to read for her again and again before bed. She likes the animals image in the pictures very much, especially cat, dog, frog and spider. If I say a word, she can point out the objects from the last page correctly. I am so impressed about how quickly she learns. Hope more kids can enjoy the book.”
Xiaoxiao, parent, Shanghai


“The story is a positive, satisfying one, of kids doing real work, and doing it well.…I look forward to seeing more from both the author and the illustrator, and my children and I will keep enjoying watching Nana, Max and Jacob work in a garden full of ti kouka and pōhutukawa.”
Reviewer, The Sapling


“This is a fantastic book.”
Anna, early childhood centre director, Wellington

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