• Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize: Entries open

      Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand and the Margaret Mahy Estate are delighted to announce the return of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for a third year. The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize 2021 offers a unique opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s classic children’s story There’s A King in the Cupboard. Working […]

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  • Storylines celebrated the winners of its major awards at a special event in Auckland on Sunday 28 March

    2021 Storylines award-winners honoured At the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day, recipient of the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Award for lifetime achievement in children’s literature, Julia Marshall, gave the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture.Her lecture outlined the genesis of and influences on her publishing company Gecko Press, but more importantly, perhaps, looked at the […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 4 launches with Kyle Mewburn

    “I said well, I’m going to write. So I sat down and decided to write. I wrote full-time, I wrote eight hours a day, every day, six days a week, seven days a week. For a year and a half.” Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and eclectic writers. Working full-time as […]

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  • Storylines shortlists announced for 2021 – winners announced March 28

    Shortlist – Storylines Gavin Bishop Award   We’re pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award, presented in association with Penguin Random House: Jessica Lowry, Rose Northey, Rose-Mari Smith, Sarah Trollē, Amir Vollweiler, Charlotte Warman. Congratulations. We look forward to announcing the winner on 28 March. The winner of the 2021 […]

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  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for 2021 awarded to publisher Julia Marshall

    Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa Julia Marshall has been selected as the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner, for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature, and will be presented with her medal and deliver the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture on 28 […]

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  • Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books

    An online bookstore, Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books, has been launched to link New Zealand authors and illustrators creating books for children and teens with book buyers and young readers around the country. The brainchild of Wanaka author Kate Gordon, the bookstore went live mid-November with eight founding authors who have written an array of […]

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  • Book Aid International’s Year of 2020: 867,567 Books sent to refugee camps in 19 Countries

    HOME Read Publishing Perspectives here January 13, 2021 By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Solar lamps as well as hundreds of thousands of books were in play in 2020 as Book Aid International’s logistics team and donor-publishers got books to refugee camps as well as libraries.   Eunice Eyi Dotse, a student in Ghana, studies with […]

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  • Judges announced for 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults  

    11 December 2020 An esteemed academic, a noted author, an experienced bookseller, a school librarian and a public librarian, as well as three respected proponents of te reo and te ao Māori, have been selected to judge entries in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Palmerston North school librarian Alan […]

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  • NZ title in 2021 IBBY International Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities.

    Outstanding New Zealand title   Of Course You Can, written by Karen Hinge and illustrated by Nicky Sievert (published by One Tree House) has been chosen as one of the 2021 IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. This bilingual story is presented in English and Te reo Māori and focuses on […]

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  • Call for nominations for Te Awhi Rito – Reading Ambassador for NZ

    The establishment of Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young adults was announced in August by Prime Minister and then-Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern. The founding partners have since then worked to develop the processes and protocols that govern the establishment and ongoing delivery of the role. Appointment […]

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  • NZSA member Joy Cowley joins Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi whānau

    Celebrating our 2020 Whakamana Hiranga the Icons at Government House December 1, 2020 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi guests come together at Government House to celebrate three exceptional artists as Whakamana Hiranga Icons; Dr Sandy Adsett MNZM, Sam Neill DCNZM OBE, and Joy Cowley ONZ DCNZM OBE, who this year joined a living circle of […]

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  • Children’s Short Story Competition – TAF2020

    How are your children’s mystery short stories coming along? We’ve already received entries from the Huon Valley and interstate, but we’d love more from Australia, New Zealand and all around the world. Please spread the word – the competition is for all young writers under the age of 16. Remember – entries are due in […]

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