Rere Atu Taku Poi!/Let My Poi Fly! By Tangaroa Paul and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbs

Written in te reo Māori and translated by the author, Rere Atu Taku Poi! is a beautifully illustrated story about gender fluidity in a school setting.

Rangi loves doing haka but performing poi is his favourite — even though his classmates say it’s just for girls. When the lead poi performer falls sick before a school performance, Rangi has to take her place.

How will the other students and audience react – ‘Surely a boy can’t lead the poi?’

As Rangi steps on stage, the familiar movements of poi take him from scared and unsure to standing as his authentic self.

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Categories: Picture-Books, New Zealand Children’s Books, Bilingual English-Māori, Children’s books, LGBT, Te Reo Māori.

Reading Age: 8 to 13 years

RRP: Paperback picture-book NZ$22.99

Published in NZ by Oratia Books

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