David Riley


One of the best things I like about teaching, is finding ways to encourage young people who don't have a strong English literacy background.

I was lucky to have been brought up with books and reading, but I know that many young people have not had that kind of upbringing for different reasons.

I love to write material that will show them that reading can be interesting, fun and inspiring. I also want them to know that they can become good readers. Sometimes, especially with boys, it's just a matter of finding something "cool" to read to get them started.

From that foundation young people can then go on to write their own stories, whether it be in the form of novels, plays, lyrics, poetry etc.

Young people have amazing stories to tell. They just need that encouragement to know they have important things to share and the confidence to believe they can share their stories too. It's great that they see me publishing my writing because then they can see it's achievable for them too.

I have written seven books.

I grew up in the suburb of Mangere, in South Auckland, New Zealand. I attended Viscount Primary, Arahanga Intemediate and Mangere College [seek the heights!]. I played schoolboy rugby league for Manukau [the mighty Magpies!]

I attended Auckland University and gained a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology. I also have a Diploma in Teachng from Auckland College of Education.

I am a teacher at Tangaroa College in Otara, South Auckland, NZ. I taught English for 12 years. For three of those years, I led the department. I am now the Head of Dance and Drama.

Where to find David Riley online

Where to buy in print


Reading Warriors
Exciting sports biographies for young people.


Jammin' with Steven Adams
Series: Reading Warriors. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,130. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
Jammin’ with Steven Adams is the amazing story of how a troubled young man from small town New Zealand, achieved his dream of playing in the best basketball competition in the world … the NBA! Learn how you can achieve the impossible through the power of hope. ‘I achieved my dream by being committed - in the classroom and on the basketball court.’ Steven Adams
Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams
Series: Reading Warriors, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,450. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams is the incredible story of how a determined and humble young man became a champion in three different sports . . . and one of the most sought after athletes in the world! Learn how Sonny did it and how you can achieve your dreams through hard work too.
Steppin' with Benji Marshall
Series: Reading Warriors, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,070. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Sports & Recreation / Football
Steppin' with Benji Marshall is the inspirational story of how a young man from a small town overcame huge challenges in life to become an NRL Premiership winner, a World Champion, an All Star and one of the best rugby league players in the world. Learn how Benji did it and how you can achieve your dreams too, no matter what struggles you're facing.