Dr. Nicola Daly

Nicola Daly

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B. A. (Massey) B.A. (Hons) (VUW) PhD (La Trobe)

About Nicola

I am a senior lecturer in Te Hononga, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education where I teach in the Learning Languages learning area in both the primary and secondary teaching programmes, and in children's literature. The main focus of my research is in the language used in New Zealand children's picturebooks. My research has examined the use of Māori loanwords in New Zealand English picturebooks, and more recently I have begun examining the linguistic landscape of dual language picturebooks. I have also explored the link between national identity and children's picturebooks, work which has resulted in the development of two picturebook collections: The New Zealand PictureBook Collection ( and the New Zealand Pacific PictureBook Collection ( My work has been published nationally in the New Zealand English Journal, Te Reo, Waikato Journal of Education, Set, Early Childhood Folio and Reading Forum; and internationally in the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, BookBird, Children's Literature in Education, and New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship. I have also co-edited (with Christine Helot and Raymonde Sneddon) a book entitled Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms (Trentham, 2014). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 I have worked with a group of New Zealand teachers in India supporting untrained teachers with an organisation called Rata (

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Daly, N. (2018). Cats, blankets and seaweed: Developing empathy in relation to linguistic minorities via children’s picturebooks. In Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research ACLAR 2018 Conference. Conference held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Daly, N., Hale, L., Jackson, A., & Webb, C. (2018). Education in children’s literature: Children’s literature as a discipline at tertiary level in Australasia. In Australian Children's Literature Asociation for Research (ACLAR). Conference held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Daly, N., & Sharma, S. (2018). Language-as-resource: Language strategies used by New Zealand teachers working in an international multilingual setting. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43(8), 15-29. doi:10.14221/ajte.2018v43n8.2 Open Access version:

  • Daly, N. (2018). Understanding the use of Māori and English in dual language picturebooks through a sociolinguistic lens. In Sociolinguistics symposium twenty two. Conference held at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Find more research publications by Nicola Daly


children's literature, picturebooks, sociolinguistics

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Daly, Dr Nicola 4298 nicolad TC.3.32 Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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