Check your collection management plan and use the information you've gathered about your school community to help you develop an inclusive collection.
When choosing resources for your library’s Māori collection, look for publications in te reo Māori, as well as in the English language about Māori.
Try to source materials for each section of your collection, including non-fiction and reference, fiction, picture books and graphic novels, magazines, newspapers and games.
Include topics or narratives such as:
- biographies of Māori people
- tribal history and pre-European New Zealand history
- history written from a Māori perspective
- the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal
- stories by Māori authors or featuring Māori characters or stories told from a Māori perspective
- articles and stories featuring Māori contemporary life, experiences, and success.
Suppliers of Māori resources
- includes the main publishers for the NZ Ministry of Education's te reo Māori publications
- provides libraries with avenues for sourcing books, magazines and other resources in English and te reo Māori.
Suppliers of Māori resources (pdf, 439)
The National Library staff sometimes review books with Māori content and books in te reo Māori.
Blog: create readers
When choosing resources, think about how you bring:
- Pacific worlds and works into the classroom for Pasifika and non-Pasifika students
- mainstream worlds and works to Pasifika learners in a relevant and meaningful way.
You could include a range of:
- home language materials
- bilingual materials
- information about Pacific Islands and cultures — check that the content represents the perspectives of Pacific peoples accurately
- materials that reflect Pasifika experience in New Zealand
- texts with Pasifika settings, themes or characters, such as picture books.
The New Zealand Pacific Picture Book Collection
Resources for students with print disabilities
The National Library has audiobooks available for people with print disabilities. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction titles. Schools need to register to access the Print Disabilities Service.
Audiobooks and eBooks for students with dyslexia or other print disability
Students supported by the Blind and Low Vision Education Network of New Zealand (BLENNZ) can access the Blind Foundation’s library collection.
Blind Foundation library — youth
BLENNZ Learning Library also has a blog with 'a collection of stories about children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision written by BLENNZ educators for parents, whānau (family) and colleagues'.
Resources for students that have English as a second language could include:
- stories from your students' countries of origin
- information about their countries and cultures.
Look for resources suitable for a range of reading levels, including those of your ESOL students themselves.
ESOL resources — reading resources
Resources for other special interest groups
For students who don’t identify with mainstream cultural groups, for example, LGBT+ students, it’s important that the library and its collections help them find resources and stories that inform without judging and validate their experiences in a safe environment.
Where to find diverse books — we need diverse books.
Out on the Shelves — an online reading resource for rainbow young people.
Diversity — School Library Journal.