• 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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  • Oratia Media has won the BOP Bologna Prize 2021 for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year, Oceania.

    Fantastic news this morning — Oratia Media has won the BOP Bologna Prize 2021 for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year, Oceania.   Oratia Media wins BOP Bologna Prize as Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2021 Independent Kiwi publisher garners international award at the world’s largest children’s book fair West Auckland publishing house Oratia […]

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  • CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST GIVES CREDIT TO YOUNG READERS’ EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

    10 Jun 2021 From a field of 166 entries, the 28 finalists in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are announced today. Across six main categories, these books offer the nation’s young readers a tasty smorgasbord of titles, packed with meaty themes and addictive plot lines. “The diversity of ideas […]

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  • STORYLINES NOTABLE BOOKS AWARDS – call for entries – closes August 15

    STORYLINES NOTABLE BOOKS AWARDS About the Awards Since 1999 Storylines has produced an annual list of outstanding books for children and young people published by New Zealand authors and illustrators during the previous calendar year. This annual lists of Storylines Notable Books ensures that children, whanau, teachers, librarians and the public are all made aware of the large […]

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  • A Reflection on 18 months as NZSA President: “A call-out to all writers: come gather round, we need your support . . . “

    BY MANDY HAGER    MAY 4, 2021     I’ve been a member of NZSA for around 30 years, joining before I published my first book, filled with pride when I could transition from ‘associate’ to ‘full’ membership. Although health and time constraints have meant I’ve rarely attended branch meetings or events, I’ve always read the […]

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  • Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador – Ben Brown

    Find out about the new role of Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people. The first Reading Ambassador announced on 4 May 2021, is Lyttelton writer Ben Brown. Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) writes children’s books, non-fiction, poetry and short stories for children and adults. Born in […]

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  • Bologna abandons physical events to go digital only

    Published April 9, 2021 by Mark Chandler The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has cancelled this year’s physical events and will go digital-only owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which will run alongside new general trade publishing strand BolognaBookPlus and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair, had already been postponed from its usual April dates to run […]

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  • Māori stories and language at the heart of publisher’s 30-year succes

      Steph Matuku,  Apr 14 2021 Māori book sales ‘booming’ New data shows that Kiwis are increasingly interested in books about te reo Māori and te ao Māori. Huia Publishers has been a trailblazer for publishing for 30 years, committed to providing a platform for Māori voices and perspectives. Robyn Bargh founded the business in […]

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  • 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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