Book List: Celebrating Sāmoan language and perspectives

To celebrate Sāmoan Language Week, we've shortlisted a selection of playful, inspiring and intriguing books. 

Children's Books


First Readers in Sāmoan - 10 fun stories with translations in English.


Popular children's picture books The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are translated in Sāmoan.



Tautai: Sāmoa, World History, and the Life of Ta'isi O.F.Nelson.  This biography chronicles the life of a man described as the 'archenemy' of New Zealand and its greater whole, the British Empire. 

Su’esu’e Manogi: In Search of Fragrance. Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan Indigenous Reference. "The Samoan indigenous referece'. Due for release 6-July. Pre-order your copy now. 

Whispers and Vanities: Samoan Indigenous Knowledge and Religion. A collection of essays and poetry challenging assumptions in modern Samona indigenous religion. 

Albert Wendt - award winning poet and novelist

Sāmoan Language Week 2018 Albert Wendt

Ancestry. A collection of short stories exploring the nature of family, tradition and culture. 

Breaking Connections. A fast-paced novel that combines human drama, as we learn the history of the tribe, combined with intrigue as the plot uncovering a killers unfolds.

The Adventures of Vela. Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela.