Mila’s Books

Our vision is to create endless options of accessible quality Pasifika stories and rich literacy resources across all school levels that reflect our Pasifika values, languages, cultures, and most importantly – our tamaiti.

We aim to create stories that help us and our tamaiti to be seen, heard and valued in the worlds they live in. This is why all our books help to develop cultural confidence, understanding and are – ‘Tusi Faitau for All the Fanau’.

Launching 1st August 2022 – Emeli Sione shares her Dawn Raid story to help us understand the real impact of this dark time in our history. With valuable lessons for all New Zealanders, A New Dawn provides us with hope on our journeys of equality, justice and healing as Pasifika in New Zealand.

KO E PONGIPONGI FO’OU – The Tongan version of A New Dawn Story.

PRE-ORDERS OPEN:
*NZ and Australian pre-orders are available From Lagi Routes from the Pacific HERE
*ebook: Amazon kindle pre-orders HERE
*Amazon paperback will be available from 1/8/22

Tama Sāmoa

RRP $30 NZD

Launched in September 2021, Tama Sāmoa is not just a story of friendship, brotherhood and healing. Tama Sāmoa helps us
all to reflect, reconnect and reunite in better supporting each other as who we are. It is also a story of self-discovery and hope for a new tama Sāmoa code to be created based on real
talanoa and understanding.

TAMA SĀMOA AVAILABLE FROM:

*Within NZ & Australia from Lagi Routes from the Pacific

*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books

*Internationally – One Tree House & Amazon.com

*Ebook – Amazon Kindle & Nook

*Retailers – Contact Upstart Distribution or email us at milasbks@gmail.com

Teine Samoa

RRP $30 NZD

Launched in October in 2020, Teine Sāmoa was our first MG/YA paperback book for Intermediate School and High School students. It explores the cultural and identity challenges for four students and includes student study questions as well as the Teine Sāmoa Project – ideal for the classroom and home.

TEINE SĀMOA AVAILABLE FROM:

*Within NZ & Australia from Lagi Routes from the Pacific

*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books

*Internationally – One Tree House & Amazon.com

*Ebook – Amazon Kindle & Nook

*Retailers – Contact Upstart Distribution or email us at milasbks@gmail.com

Losi the Giant Fisherman

RRP $20 NZD

Losi the Giant was the greatest fisherman across all the moana.
A mischievous and loyal friend to sea creatures and all humans, Losi will always be remembered as the hero who brought taro, the food of the Gods’, to Earth.

AVAILABLE FROM:
*Within NZ & Australia from Lagi Routes from the Pacific

*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books

*Internationally – print & ebook – Amazon Kindle

Mila’s My Aganu’u Series 1

Mila’s My Aganu‘u Series 1 are the first picture books in the world to be written, edited, illustrated, designed and published by an all Pasifika team. Aimed at middle to senior primary school students, these stories were created to engage and teach our tamaiti (children), ‘āiga (family) and faiā’oga (educators) about Samoan cultural elements, values and history.

FALE SAMOA / SIVA AFI TEINE TOA / GRANDPA’S SIAPO
RRP $25 NZD EACH
*NZ and AUS available instore and
online here from Lagi Routes from the Pacific
*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books
*Internationally – ebook and paperback via Amazon

Fale Sāmoa

A highly engaging dual language picture book that helps to develop
readers’ knowledge and
understanding of Fale Sāmoa.

Siva Afi Teine Toa

A unique story where the past meets the present, while showcasing Samoan
cultural values and history through the beautiful artform of Siva afi.
Grandpa’s Siapo

Grandpa is a storyteller and surprises his grandchildren with a Samoan Siapo that tells a very special story about Samoa’s journey to independence.

Mila’s My Gagana Series 2 & 3

Mila’s My Gagana Series 2 & 3 are a set of dual early readers (two books in one) that teach basic gagana Sāmoa concepts while developing gagana and cultural confidence. Released with One Tree House, these stories are aimed at pre-school and junior primary students who will love the fun characters and illustrations.

Isaia Saya + Analia Asks – RRP $25NZD
Sala’s Surprise + Kuso’s Clean – RRP $25NZD


AVAILABLE:
*In NZ and AUS – Lagi Routes from the Pacific and One Tree House
*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books
*Internationally – One Tree House

Lei shares her favourite moments of the year and introduces us to festive greetings in Samoan.
Check out what Petelo sees outside his window as he teaches us about different kinds of transport in Samoan.
Sina has a busy day ahead of her and introduces the reader to everyday greetings in Samoan.
Help Luka find what he is looking for as we learn about the different parts of a house in Samoan.
A story that teaches actions in Samoan.
A story that teaches manners in Samoan.
A story that teachers clothing in Samoan.
A story that teachers body parts in Samoan.

Mila’s My Gagana Series 1

Launched in 2019 with Little Island Press publishers, Mila’s My Gagana Series 1 were our first ever early readers. Uniquely created and inspired by tamaiti, for all our tamaiti, Mila’s My Gagana Series engages readers with basic gagana Sāmoa in a fun and interactive way.

Mase’s Room – RRP $18
Lagi Spies – RRP $18
Malia Shares – RRP $18
Mila’s My Gagana Series Set (All three stories) – RPP $50

AVAILABLE
Instore and online from Lagi Routes from the Pacific

*Schools & Libraries within NZ – Wheelers Books
*Internationally & Retailers – email us at milasbks@gmail.com

Mase’s Room

A story that teaches numbers in Samoan.
Lagi Spies

A story that teachers colours in Samoan.
Malia Shares

A story that teachers the days of the week in Samoan.

Going to Te Papa | Asiasiga ‘i le Falemata‘aga i Te Papa

A beautiful board book for babies, toddlers and their families, featuring measina or treasures from Sāmoa in the collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Published by Te Papa Press, the warm and friendly text in both Samoan and English, and with rich cultural content, it is an excellent learning resource for the home and for schools.



RRP $25.00

AVAILABLE
Instore and online from Lagi Routes from the Pacific and Te Papa Press

*Schools & Libraries, Retailers -contact Te Papa Press or email us at milasbks@gmail.com