Did you know that a GREAT children’s picture book is defined by 6 crucial features? And ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ has them all!
• An entertaining well written storyline that provides some educational benefits
• Language that is fun, varied, rich and challenging to help build vocabulary
• An engaging theme with a relevant and thought-provoking message
• Beautiful illustrations that complement and enhance the words on each page
• Predictable patterns of rhyme and rhythm that support literacy development
• Re-readability i.e. it’s a book to revisit again…. and again……. and again!
Indeed, this delightful debut by New Zealand Children’s Author, Helen Griffiths, has garnered favourable responses from authors, celebrities, politicians, royalty and even Sir David Attenborough himself.
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Join the TransTasman Lockdown Safari
Taking place this Thursday 21st July at 1.30pm AEST across New South Wales, let author Helen visit you virtually in the comfort of your home. Entertaining and educational, this interactive Zoom session is perfect for children who love animals and care about the fate of the planet. Helen will share how she accidentally became an author, read her book 'Treasure Beyond Measure' and unpack some of its secrets.
Best suited to 8yrs + and attendees will receive a bonus activity pack of book-related fun! Use the Contact button to receive your exclusive Zoom invite to this 50-minute session scheduled for Thursday 1.30pm 22nd July 2021 (AEST) - numbers are strictly limited.
‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ makes Unity Books Children’s bestseller list upon release
It was a social media post from a friend that alerted author Helen Griffiths to the good news. ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ was a best seller in one of the most prestigious book shops in New Zealand, Unity Books Wellington!! “Never in a million years did I anticipate seeing my independently published book alongside HUGE literary names like Dr Seuss, JK Rowling and David Walliams but there it was - and it certainly didn’t look out of place either!” exclaimed Helen.
Most independent and self-published authors can, at best, expect to sell 250 copies*, but with hard graft, grit and persistence Helen has smashed that expectation with interest nationally and internationally. Having sold out of her first print run, a second edition is expected in July 2021.
A book fit for a future king, a prime minister and a bona fide living legend
As a token of thanks for the impact Sir David Attenborough’s work had had on Helen’s life, she sent him a copy of Treasure Beyond Measure. “When a handwritten old school airmail envelope arrived with a Rupert the Bear UK stamp arrived, I started to shake. The writing looked a lot like my late Grandfather’s.” explained Helen. But upon opening it, she found a short but very precious note. Helen has since had it framed and will remain forever grateful that ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ was appreciated by Sir David himself.
Other notable acknowledgements came from HRH Duke of Cambridge who is well known for his support and patronage of Conservation causes. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also appreciated her copy as did Green MP for Auckland City, Chlöe Swarbrick. TV and radio host Jesse Mulligan described it as ‘THE most beautiful book” and famous Kiwi authors Joy Cowley and Craig Smith have been impressed.
The message of ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ is a global one so it made sense to find a way to share it across the world. One of the positive outcomes of the COVID19 global pandemic was the way in which people embraced Zoom to maintain their connections with others. “There is now more openness to the idea of using technology, so I created virtual author visits.” says Helen. “I’ve been able to share my book online with schools in South Africa, Australia, Vietnam and the UK.”
Helen is currently looking to grow the number of virtual author visits and time difference is no obstacle!
“On behalf of the teachers and students, thank you once again for a fantastic presentation of your book. What an absolute treat! It was so much fun and engaging and the kids loved it! The way you created the space for the kids to learn in a really entertaining way about conservation and saving our planet was just priceless. You got them very excited thinking and talking about how they could do their bit for our earth.”
International School of Cape Town
Spotify Audio Download
Sit back and listen as Helen narrates Treasure Beyond Measure complete with animal sound effects. Its even better with a copy of the book in front of you! Also available of other streaming platforms.