• Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2021 – Entries are now OPEN

    The Storylines Joy Cowley Award was established in 2002 when Storylines contacted Scholastic New Zealand, one of Joy’s publishers, asking them to join with Storylines in creating an award that would recognise the exceptional contribution Joy Cowley has made to children’s literature and literacy in New Zealand and internationally.   The Storylines Joy Cowley Award […]

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  • AWARDS SHORTLIST PACKED WITH BOOKS THAT OFFER KIWI CHILDREN THE ESCAPE OF STORIES

    If ever there was a time that children needed the escape of stories, 2020 is it. Today’s announcement of the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults reveals an abundance of incredible storytelling for Kiwi kids to immerse themselves in.   The finalist books open their pages to make room […]

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  • BookBubble podcast: Kyle Mewburn

    Stacy Gregg and Nicky Pellegrino continue their BookBubble podcast series with an interview with Kyle Mewburn, the transgender author of children’s picture books. Kyle Mewburn’s impending autobiography tells the emotional and powerful story of her journey to realising her true self as a transwoman. In this episode of Book Bubble, the author of picture books […]

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  • Now is the time to invest in the creative arts

    From STUFF  Paul Millar | Guest writer Opinion The prime minister yesterday announced a package including $25m to ‘provide artists whose projects are funded by Creative NZ with jobs.’ An even more substantial investment in the creative arts will help drive our post-Covid recovery, argues Paul Millar. When Covid-19 forced the postponement of the popular international literary festival […]

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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery

    29 May 2020 Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Hon Grant Robertson Hon Carmel Sepuloni A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19.   Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million […]

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  • Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize back for 2020

    Hachette NZ and The Margaret Mahy Estate are delighted to announce the return of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for a second year. The 2019 Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize was a great success with over 140 expressions of interest and many fantastic submissions. Winner Sarah Greig’s beautiful re-illustration of The Boy with Two Shadows will […]

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  • 2020 TEXT PRIZE FOR YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN’S WRITING – SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

      Text is delighted to announce that seven manuscripts have been shortlisted for the 2020 $10,000 Text Prize for young adult and children’s writing… The winner of the 2020 Text Prize will be announced in an online event on Wednesday 20 May.   THEREFORE I AM by Miranda Luby Sarah is determined to leave her […]

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  • Australia Reads receives $100K in federal funding, announces Reading Hour date change

    The Australia Reads campaign has received $100,000 in funding from the federal government, it announced today.   Chair of the Australia Reads committee, Hachette ANZ CEO Louise Sherwin-Stark, said the government support would ‘significantly amplify our campaign on the benefits of reading and motivate all Australians to get back into a regular reading habit’. The […]

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  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2020 – virtual flyer now available

    Storylines Notable Books List 2020     The 2020 Storylines Notable Books List, for the highest quality books in five genres published during 2019, is now available online.   It is compiled by the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust from over 110 entries from publishers by expert panels of authors, teachers, librarians, academics and parents. […]

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  • Nosy Crow’s Free Digital Book for Kids About COVID-19 Takes Off

    from Publishing Perspectives  by Olivia Snaije With Axel Scheffler’s illustrations and Hugh Bonneville’s narration, Nosy Crow’s ‘Coronavirus: A Book for Children’ has been downloaded more than 700,000 times. Illustration by Axel Scheffler for ‘Coronavirus: A Book for Children,’ Nosy Crow Editor’s note: At this writing, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center indicates that the United […]

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  • CLNZ launches new contestable funding round – Open April 15-Closes April 29

    Applications are now open for a Special Round of Contestable Fund Grants, with $120,000 available to apply for.   Copyright Licensing New Zealand is running a Special Round of its Contestable Fund Grants in order to support short-term projects that have arisen or been developed to respond to the changed environment in the New Zealand […]

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  • New campaign celebrates Kiwi men and what they read BLOKES vs BOOKS

    New campaign promotes Kiwi men as readers A new online campaign launching on April 12 will focus on New Zealand men and their reading habits. In these days of staying home to stop the spread of Covid-19, there’s never been a better time to crack open a good book, or listen to a story. Blokes […]

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