• 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 The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize 2021 offers a unique opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s classic children’s story There’s A King in the Cupboard.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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  • 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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