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Award-winning publisher Mila’s Books joins the hub

Mila’s Books publishes quality stories and literacy resources that reflect Pasifika values, languages, and cultures. Their multilingual collection of titles covers all school levels, develops cultural confidence and understanding in their readers, and ensures that children can be seen, heard and valued in the worlds they live in. Well-designed and playfully illustrated, Mila’s Books are ideal for classroom use. In 2022 their young adult title, Tama Sāmoa, won a Storylines Notable Book Award.

Dahlia Malaeulu is the powerhouse behind Mila’s Books. A Samoan New Zealander and award-winning author, she is a passionate educator who seeks to develop cultural confidence amongst tamaiti (children), fanau (families) and faiā‘oga (educators). In her three years running Mila’s Books, she has been able to share the stories of over 90 first-time Pasifika authors across Aotearoa, demonstrating commitment to advancing Pasifika storytelling by Pasifika people. In 2020 she was recognised with a Pasifika Women in Business Award and in 2022 was granted an Emerging Pacific Artist Award by Creative New Zealand. She works closely with the Ministry of Education and is a board member for national advocacy body Read NZ Te Pou Muramura.

Visit the listing for Mila’s Books in the Directory.