• Storylines Notable Books 2021 – Junior Fiction Winners Announced

    Ten children’s novels named as Notable Storylines Children’s Literature Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa is pleased to announce ten novels by New Zealand authors for young readers, chosen as Storylines Notable Books 2021. The list, covering novels published from 1 January 2020 to 31 July 2021, is released in conjunction with the Kids’ […]

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  • Sarah Forster – 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner

      Many congratulations to Sarah Forster, winner of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Wellington’s Sarah Forster has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children’s and young adult literature and reading.Christine Young, chair of Storylines Trust says the award acknowledges the work Sarah has done […]

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  • Kiwi authors and books about emotions find favour with our kids

    Every year, Kiwi kids get the chance to vote for their favourite books and Whitcoulls proudly publish the results. Now in its 23rd year, the 2021 Kids’ Top 50 Books List announced today shows the huge popularity of Kiwi authors, books about emotions and those in a series. Whitcoulls received more votes than ever this […]

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  • Call for judges of the 2022 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The organisers of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are inviting expressions of interest from members and followers of the children’s literature community who would like to be considered as judges of the 2022 awards. The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in six categories: Picture […]

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  • Entries are open for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2022

    NZ BOOKLOVERS AWARDS 2022 Entries are now open for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2022 ​ NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2022 We are looking for the best in storytelling – a novel we couldn’t put down. NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2022 Cooking, wine, architecture, lifestyle, home and garden, design, […]

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  • Online Storytimes Aotearoa during lockdown – GUIDELINES FOR LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS AND ECE’S

    DEVELOPED BY THE COALITION FOR BOOKS IN ASSOCIATION WITH PANZ, LIANZA, CLNZ AND NZSA  Guidelines for libraries, schools and early childhood education centres   Schools, libraries, and early childhood education centres are keen to ensure that New Zealand children are still able to enjoy all that a good book has to offer during these unsettling […]

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  • A conversation with award-winning children’s author Maria Gill

    WEDNESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 6.00pm – 7.00pm VENUE: Clock Tower Boardroom Free Join author Maria Gill for a cup of tea and an interactive session on her latest project, a children’s novel about the life of Ernest Rutherford. Maria is currently one of our artists in residence at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora and is […]

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  • Remarkable Animal Stories book launch

    SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2.00pm – 3.00pm VENUE: Great Hall Free No bookings required, come along to the world-first book launch of Maria Gill and Emma Huia Lovegrove’s latest book ‘Remarkable Animal Stories from New Zealand and Australia’ published by Scholastic. Maria Gill will share some of the stories in the book in front of a […]

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  • Tessa Duder is the NZSA 2021-2 President of Honour

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa is delighted to announce that Tessa Duder CNZM OBE is the NZSA 2021-2022 President of Honour.  This prestigious honour is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving NZSA member in recognition of their contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in Aotearoa. Of the award, Tessa says: ” To […]

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  • STORYLINES JOY COWLEY AWARD – open for entries

    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 for an original picture […]

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  • Vale Betty Gilderdale

    We are saddened to hear of the passing on Friday 9 July of a lifelong advocate and supporter of children’s literature, Betty Gilderdale, just days short of her 98th birthday. Generations of children know Betty as the author of the much-loved series of five Little Yellow Digger picture books, which she created alongside her artist husband, […]

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  • Coalition for Books winter reading catalogue – OUT NOW

         Matariki 2021_DigitalCatalogue_click here to view   

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