Just when you thought one of your favourite children's picture books couldn't get any better, here comes the Deluxe version of 'Treasure Beyond Measure'. With more pages, more illustrations and more collective nouns, you'll be truly amazed at all the language and learning that's packed into 32 pages! Buy Now.
Treasure Beyond Measure ticks all the boxes
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.
One Year On!
It's been 12 months since 'Treasure Beyond Measure' was released and what a busy year it's been.
* Unity Books Wellington Children's Book Best Seller
* All first editions sold (2500 copies)
* New deluxe edition launched ( featuring over 150 collective nouns)
* 68 in person school visits
* 53 virtual author visits
* 9 overseas Zoom visits to South Africa, Australia, Vietnam and UK
* Reactions from royalty, politicians and Sir David Attenborough
* Funds raised for Rotokare Scenic Reserve and World Wildlife Fund
* Copies in all Taranaki Schools sponsored by local businesses
* Copies in district libraries across NZ
* Signed by NZ distributor Tikitibu
* Online quizzes
* Book fairs
* Book store signings
* Scavenger hunts
* Radio and podcast interviews
* Newspaper articles
* Magazine features
Let's go Globe Spotting!
While we still can't go globe trotting, let's go globe spotting! 'Treasure Beyond Measure' features small globes for readers to find as they enjoy the conservation themed book. So Helen simply took that idea from the pages and made it real. With permission from New Plymouth District Council, she created a FREE Treasure Hunt around the lake at Pukekura Park. To comply with COVID restrictions, participants registered and were given individual start times. Here are what teams had to say:
"The kids loved it"
"We all learnt new things!"
"So much fun"
"A great family activity"
"Awesome time had by all"
"We really enjoyed it!"
Keep an eye on the Treasure Beyond Measure Facebook page if you'd like to be involved in the more Globe Spotting adventures this Summer.
Virtual Book Tour proves popular
Helen wasn’t going to let a global pandemic get in the way of her book tour. With visits to Christchurch and Auckland schools scuppered by lockdown, Helen took to creating virtual opportunities to share ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ with those stuck at home. Helen chose to open up her tour nationwide to any schools that were keen to experience her entertaining and educational online session. And the response has been remarkable.
“Having presented online to schools across the globe, I’ve tailored the content in such a way that the 50 minute online session is fun and interactive. Everyone leaves knowing something new, inspired to write or draw and motivated to do something positive for the planet” explains Helen. The session is run over Zoom or Google Meet and whilst there is no cost for the session, it is hoped that those involved will consider buying a copy of Treasure Beyond Measure. In addition, schools are provided with a substantial activity pack crammed with book related fun.
Here’s what some teachers had to say about their virtual author visits. If you are interested in a virtual author visit, please contact Helen via this website.
“Thank you so much for today's session. I thought it was great and was awesome how the students were involved with it too.”
“Thank you so much Helen. I have so many kids inspired to do more for the environment. They have asked me to request the book for the library."
“Thank you so much Helen. They LOVED it!”
“It was very well done, very interactive, and educational. The book looks amazing with good themes, illustrations, and literacy rich."
“Thank you once again for all you’re doing to raise awareness and also support our learners during this difficult time.”
“It was perfectly pitched! And the message is so important. This book is a lovely resource.”
“With the book having a variety of different things to learn about including animal group names to environmental issues we face in the world there are a number of possible follow up options for us which is fantastic.”
Let’s get quizzical
Determined to make learning fun, Helen devised a Mad About Animals Quiz for families in lockdown. She ran 6 in total before a change to lockdown levels meant a return to her day job as a Speech Language Therapist. The quizzes attracted families from all over New Zealand and proved some light relief from the monotony of COVID restrictions. To celebrate the end of year, there'll be a final quiz taking place in December. Details will be posted on the Facebook page.
$250 donated to World Wildlife Fund NZ
Book sales of 'Treasure Beyond Measure' during Conservation Week 2021 enabled $250 to be donated to this very worthy cause. WWF-New Zealand exists to protect Aotearoa New Zealand's precious native species and ecosystems and to build a future where people thrive in harmony with nature. Thanks to everyone who bought copies!
‘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.