• International Children’s Book Day April 2

    Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.   Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme […]

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  • IBBY Announces the Shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards includes Joy Cowley

    IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People is proud to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious international children’s book award:   Authors: Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Eiko Kadono from Japan, Joy Cowley from New Zealand and Ulf Stark from Sweden. Illustrators: Pablo Bernasconi from Argentina, Linda Wolfsgruber from Austria, Xiong Liang from China, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Igor Oleynikov from […]

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  • $10,000 Annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing – opens Jan 3 2018

    Mark 3 January 2018 in your calendars, writers of Australia and New Zealand, because that’s the date entries open for the $10,000 Annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing. Full details and the entry form are here. Submissions open 3 January and close 2 February, 2018.  The Text Prize aims to discover great […]

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  • James Norcliffe Selected as 2018 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

    Christchurch-based writer James Norcliffe is to be the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Norcliffe has published nine collections of poetry, a short story collection and ten novels for young people. As an editor he has had long involvement with the literary magazine, takah? and has edited anthologies of poetry and young people’s writing. He’s also served as […]

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  • OneTree House reveal 2018 catalogue

    In May 2017 OneTree House announced the formation of a new, New Zealand children’s publisher and today reveal their 2018 catalogue here. The titles emanate from a wealth of award-winning talent, and present picture books, junior fiction, middle fiction and young adult novels, from authors such as Kyle Mewburn, Mary-anne Scott, Brian Falkner, Tina Shaw, […]

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  • Signals 2017 Launched

    The Michael King Writers’ Centre launched the sixth issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 9 December at the National Library in Parnell. The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this year’s Young Writers Programme, as well as its alumni. Over 190 pieces were submitted […]

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  • Experienced judging team appointed as entries open for 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      As entries open for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced a very experienced panel of judges.   National Library schools facilitator Jeannie Skinner will convene the English language panel, which also includes author Maureen Crisp, reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair, author […]

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  • Thirty-four excellent kiwi kids’ books ripe for reading – The Sapling’s picks

      Children’s book website The Sapling has released its inaugural Best Books List over the past week, listing 34 homegrown books that cover every reading interest and genre published in New Zealand. ‘Since launching in March, we have read or paid others to read almost every single book published in New Zealand. While even we […]

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  • The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing – Tessa Duder

    Keynote speech – Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, 6 October 2017 Once upon a time – about 1978 – a young mother of four was struck in the middle of the night with an idea for a children’s novel. A sailing adventure! A family in peril! Would they survive the night?! This was […]

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  • Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

    Nominations have been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for […]

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  • TWO WHITE RAVENS FOR NZ

      A huge congratulations to author Melinda Szymanik, illustrator Donovan Bixley and publisher Scholastic NZ for Fuzzy Doodle and David Elliot and publisher Otago University Press for Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath being selected as 2017 White Ravens! Each year language […]

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  • New Survey Finds That Almost 400,000 Kiwis Are Not Reading

    MEDIA RELEASE A new survey into New Zealanders’ reading habits confirms not only are we a nation that loves to read – we devour an average of 20.6 books a year – but also a nation that loves to read our own stories. Almost 50% of Kiwi adult survey respondents read at least one book […]

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