Sleep Little Kiwi, Sleep

Book Author & Illustrator Deborah Hinde
Rights Available World excl. NZ 

Tūī farewell the day with a song, as the sleepy sun tiptoes away. Darkness falls, and little kiwi ventures out in search of kai. Stars shimmer and insects scuttle, but little kiwi must be careful – he isn’t the only one awake in the night forest. Sleep Little Kiwi, Sleep is written in gentle language, full of musicality and soft internal rhyme, and uses many language features to describe little kiwi’s night-time journey through the bush. Illustrated in Deborah Hinde’s trademark gorgeous colour palette, the pictures are crammed full of native New Zealand animals, some familiar and some less well-known. Sleep Little Kiwi, Sleep is the perfect introduction, and lullaby of love, to the wonders of the New Zealand bush.

About the Author
Deborah Hinde is an award-winning illustrator and has worked on over 40 picture books. Best-selling titles include A Kiwi Night Before Christmas (Scholastic NZ, 2003) winner of the 2023 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award and Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too (Allen and Unwin, 2017).


PictureBook Publishing


230mm x 230mm



Picture Book

Age Range
2-6 years

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Frances Plumpton

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This great little book is filled with wonderful descriptive words and alliterations that help engage the reader and give them a real sense of what happens in the bush at night. The connection to our land and culture is evident within the story by the use of native creatures and its inclusion of Te Reo.

Janine Holcroft, Read NZ

The story is sweet, but not the usual lovey dovey bedtime story that is so common. There's a hint of drama, but Hinde manages the gentle balance between excitement and relaxation using gentle language, to match the illustrations. It's lyrical and poetic, lulling those who read it to relax and unwind.

Rebeka Lyall - NZ Booklovers