May TBR – Reading Books by Pasifika Writers: Support Pasifika spaces like Ruru Reads

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To support Pasifika spaces, check out Alec’s post on Pacific Islander erasure in the book community, which highlights how Pacific Islander voices are often left out of AAPI and Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Readers can support Pasifika voices in May through their spaces such as Pasifika spaces via Our Stories – Tala mai le Moana compiled by Lani Wendt Young, Pasifika Tales and the updated resources below.

Update: Back in 2017, Alec Te Pohe collected these useful Pasifika lit resources:

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

Ministry of Education Pasifika and ESOL resources

HUIA Publishers

Pacific Island Books

The following is a short list of local library books by mostly Māori writers because Aotearoa is nearby Australia. Tentative May TBR:

Books by Māori writers:


*Feel free to read some great Pasifika books from the lists above!

2 thoughts on “May TBR – Reading Books by Pasifika Writers: Support Pasifika spaces like Ruru Reads

  1. What a wonderful tbr, these sound all amazing! Some day I will Black Marks, been on my list a while! It’s always a bit difficult to get at these books over here, but I found the publisher Huia on Scribd and have added some to my tbr: Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa by Tina Makereti, also Bugs and Nga Waituhi o Rehua. Have you read any of them?


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