UBS News and Events

Summer Reading Catalogue 2020

University Bookshop Canterbury - Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The Summer Reading Catalogue is now available and the stock is in store.  


University Bookshop Canterbury - Monday, June 15, 2020

Matariki is only a couple of weeks away. Share the stories that we have on the shelves with your whanau.  Download an order form here.


I'm a Global Citizen

University Bookshop Canterbury - Monday, June 15, 2020

The I'm a Global Citizen series of 6 books is particularly topical at the moment.  Help your children and students aged 8+ years understand the complicated topics of equality and human rights.  You will find an order form for the whole series here.


2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

University Bookshop Canterbury - Friday, June 05, 2020

It's Children's Book Awards time again

The shortlisted titles have been announced and there are a few that you may not have already picked up for your school.  

See the full shortlist here.

You can find an order form here.  

Activity and Educational Resources

University Bookshop Canterbury - Thursday, April 23, 2020

Some publisher's have resources freely available and we felt that it is appropriate to highlight some of them for you at the moment.  They are educational as well as being great activities for either home or classroom.  Take a look:

Puffin Activity Pack for Under 5s

Puffin Activity Pack for 6-8 year olds

Puffin Activity Pack for 9-12 year olds

Read along with Puffin  Do you Hear a Monster by Raymond McGrath

Funny Kid Peeking Duck by Matt Stanton Activity Sheets

VUP Home Reader 2020

Harper Collins Junior Flyer Term 2 2020

Harper Collins Senior Flyer Term 2 2020

You can order any of the titles mentioned.  Either order via the website, email us or ring on 0800 827 266.

Book Bingo

University Bookshop Canterbury - Thursday, April 23, 2020

Need ideas to encourage children to read more widely?  Try our Book Bingo.  Print the form and get the children to work through it - there is no time limit.  When it's complete they should bring it into the shop personally and they will receive an instant prize and will also go into the draw to become our Reading Superstar of  the Month and receive a $40 UBS Book Voucher.  You can find the Book Bingo form here.

Teacher's Notes

University Bookshop Canterbury - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
We have assembled a list of free teacher's notes that are available from a range of publishers.  They have been written with the classroom situation in mind, but they might be of use to parents as well as teachers in the current COVID-19 lockdown situtation.  They contain a variety of ideas and cross-curriculum activities associated with books.  Check them out here.

Wellbeing in Education

University Bookshop Canterbury - Monday, March 23, 2020

Unfortunately the Wellbeing in Education in New Zealand conference planned for early April in Christchurch and Auckland has been postponed - another victim of Covid-19.  With the country heading into lock-down, it has never been more appropriate to discuss emotional and mental health and wellbeing in conjunction with protecting our physical health.  We had put together a great selection of books to show delegates at the conference, so, to enable us to still share them with you, we have compiled some themed order forms featuring  just a few of the latest titles.  These, and other titles in each category, can also be viewed and ordered on our web site.

50 Fantastic Ideas Series

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers

General Teacher's Resources

Gratitude Journals

Health and Well-Being for Children up to Year 7

Health and Well-Being for Children Year 8+

Health and Well-Being of Educators

Health and Well-Being Teacher Resources

Motivation, Confidence and Growth

Resilience for Children up to Year 7

Resilience for Children Year 8+

Special Needs

We also have an order form for EK Books, primarily for younger children, which indicates the issues that they deal with.  We are still putting some of these titles on the website, but they will be in the general areas, so you may have to search by title.

Children's University

University Bookshop Canterbury - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The University Bookshop, Canterbury, is now a Learning Destination for the Children's University.  Download your UBS Book Bingo Activity Sheet from here.  When you have completed it, bring it into the shop for and instant prize and a stamp for 6 hours in your Learning Passport.

Secondary Educator's Booklists

University Bookshop Canterbury - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

We have produced some book lists that we hope will be of use to secondary educators.  The books listed are all currently available, most in stock in the shop.  They are broadly themed in a way that we hope will fit into curriculum and teaching topics.  If you require quotes, more information, or would like to place an order, please email  If there are any other topics that we can help with, please let us know and we will endeavour to put a list together.

An Inside Look

Classic Graphic Novels

Current Affairs Books

DK Big Ideas

Dyslexia Friendly Books

Empowering Women

Good Reads

Graphic Novels

In Minutes Series

Indigenous Books

Maths Books

NZ History and Geography



Resilience Resources

Reworked Classics


Te Reo Maori Booklist

Visual Explanations Series

30 Second Series

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers

Any school orders that you place before 30 June 2020 with "Secondary Educator's Booklists" in the subject field will automatically receive 20% discount.