Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books
Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books
Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books
Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books
Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books
Aroha's Choice - Wildling Books

Aroha's Choice

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We can all have down days when we just aren’t happy, and it can be difficult to think of good things. These days are important because without them, we wouldn’t appreciate the good days as much. However, if we are having lots of down days and they don’t go away, or lots of days filled with negative thoughts in our head, that is when we need to get to work making new pathways that will leave us feeling better.

As Aroha says, ‘Thoughts are not facts, they are just words in my head.’

This book is all about showing how we can affect how we feel, and ultimately the life we live, by becoming aware of our thoughts and changing them if we need to. This book I wrote for my youngest son who tends to think more pessimistically, to help him understand that our thoughts are powerful and can leave us feeling great or terrible. I wanted him to understand that HE has the power to change his thoughts. This is something I wished I learned at a much younger age.

This is a powerful and complex topic that we recommend for kids aged eight years through to teens, and perfect for a lot of us adults too.

I had to build new pathways when I was a young adult. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but also one of the most important. I had used my unhelpful and harmful pathways for a long time. My days were filled with negative thoughts and there wasn’t any happiness. But a very special lady call Trish helped me change that. Slowly, bit by bit, I built new tracks that led me to the wonderful life I have now. (I am so lucky to make books to help share all the things I learned.) It changed my life from emptiness and despair to hope and contentment, from darkness to light.

Our brains are like supercomputers that help us make sense of the world we live in. They help us think, learn, and do all sorts of amazing things. In this story, Aroha learns that she can create pathways in her brain to lead her to different outcomes. It is all about what thoughts she chooses to focus on. The more we practise noticing our thoughts and ensuring we have plenty of good ones, the stronger these pathways will become. Pathways that we create using good thoughts will lead us to a happier and more content life.


“Aroha’s Choice supports children (and adults) to understand how our neural pathways can create automatic ways of thinking and behaving. It beautifully explains that if our thinking is holding us back, we have the power and capacity to reform it in ways that uncover our strengths and develop our self-confidence. I would love a world where children recognise when their thinking needs to shift from disempowered to empowered, and they knew how to do it. This book is an inspirational start.” – Anna Mowat has a background in psychology, and as director of Real Collective, she works across many national projects that support children’s wellbeing.

Paperback - 40 pages

Size: H210mm X W225mm 

Recommended Age: 8 years - 100+ 


It is important to us to use packaging that does not add to plastic waste issues that we have in the world.  We use cardboard boxes that can be re-used in your garden as a great weed mat whenever we can but due to a huge number of our books getting water damaged we have had to opt for a recycled plastic option for some books. We also use a brown eco tape which can go into your compost.


Free urban/residential delivery NZ wide on all orders over $70. 

Free rural delivery NZ wide on all orders over $100

Orders under $70 to urban/residential addresses, shipping is $6.95 NZ wide. 

Orders under $100 to rural addresses, shipping is $9.50 NZ wide (ps.  the actual cost to us for rural sends is $15!! so we subsidise this shipping as much as we can). 💕

We will dispatch your order within 1-3 working days and you will receive an email confirmation with tracking details.  

Orders are shipped and tracked via Post Haste couriers and expected delivery within NZ is 1-3 working days, 3-5 working days for rural deliveries.

Please do NOT provide a PO Box address as Post Haste do not deliver to them. 


Orders to Australia are sent via either NZ Post which is either a semi-tracked or tracked option depending on the weight of your order. The heavier the weight the tracked option kicks in. It is either standard international airmail or Australian Post E-Parcel which is tracked and both charged at a flat $12. We heavily subsidise the shipping to Australia. If you order an item that is a pre-order or out of stock, your order will be sent altogether when all items are in stock. 

Estimated delivery timeframe to Australia is 6-15 working days. 
Ongoing reduced airfeight and offshore processing congestion are causing delays to many destinations, so the timeframe above is estimated only.

Rest of the World

Orders are sent via NZ Post which is non-tracked standard international airmail charged depending on the amount of books/weight.
Expected delivery to 10-20 working days. However, since Covid 19 deliveries are taking a lot longer than usual, some up to 20-30 working days.
Ongoing reduced airfeight and offshore processing congestion are causing delays to many destinations, so the timeframe above is estimated only.

Returns Policy

Wildling Books wish all our customers to receive their products in perfect order. If there is something wrong with the product you have received or if your delivery is not correct, please contact us immediately at If you send us an email, please include as many details as possible including your order number and photographic evidence of any damage, and in some cases a photograph of the packaging itself. Please ensure you keep your delivery until the return process is complete.

No refunds, returns or exchanges will be processed unless contact has been made about any issues within seven (7) working days of receipt of your item. We may be able to extend this time under special circumstances, but please make contact as soon as you notice any problems so we can remedy the situation for you. We do not refund purchases on the basis of changing your mind.

There are no refunds or returns available for ebooks or printables, so please choose carefully when ordering. We may ask for you to return the product in which case, we will refund the value of the purchased product, but we do not have to refund the value of the shipping. If you are required to return the product, you must pay for the shipping to return the goods and this must also be arranged by yourself. The goods are your responsibility until they reach our office. Please ensure you pack the return safely to prevent any damage to the products or boxes. New Zealand customers are protected by the Consumer Guarantees Act.

Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Barbara Timms
Beautiful book. Lovely illustrations. The words are meaningful and easily understood.

My grandson now carries the mantra. Thoughts are not facts, they are just words in my head. He tries to choose the right path. It has helped a lot. Thank you.


Fast delivery fantastic books

A lovely book

A lovely kind message to encourage young people to believe they have the power to change and manage their thinking and emotions.


I can't review as they were gifts

Aroha's books a wonderful!

thank you it is the perfect book needed visually, just what i wanted.