login login
 f7w1073-439
 

Welcome to Storylines

Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust  promotes public awareness of the importance of reading and books for all children and young adults; ensures children and young adults in New Zealand have access to high quality literature; and supports the writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults in New Zealand. more >

Storylines also operates as the New Zealand Section of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), with responsibility in August 2016 for hosting IBBY's 35th International Congress to be held in Auckland.
 

Coming Up

Lion in The Meadow-946

Storylines Margaret Mahy Award 2016


Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day on Sunday 3 April honours the winner of the 2016 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and winners of other Storylines awards.
​Read more
IBBY girl-762-372

IBBY International Congress
August 2016

Early bird registration, with special rates for Storylines members, is now open.
(Closes 31 March 2016). ​Read more

 ​
toon2
 
andersen 02

2016 Award Shortlist

READ MORE
toon1

 

2015 Storylines Margaret Mahy Award winner

Congratulations to Jill Eggleton, QSO, winner of the 2015 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture award for lifetime achievement and a distinguished contribution to literature and reading. Internationally recognised as a literacy consultant, teacher and author, Jill was presented with the award by Storylines chair Dr Libby Limbrick at a ceremony in Auckland. You can read her address here.

Jill Eggleton 2-397-248


Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award 2015

The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children's literature was presented to University of Otago academic Trish Brooking at a November ceremony in Dunedin.  Presenting the award, Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick (right, with Trish Brooking, left, and Anna Marsich) said that Trish's academic writings and her work on behalf of Otago University's children's writers residency had made invaluable contributions. Dr Limbrick paid tribute to both Trish and the university for maintaining the fellowship (the only one in a New Zealand tertiary institution for children's authors), enabling some 28 authors over 20 years to live and work in Dunedin. You can read the Otago Bulletin Board announcement of her award here here, and the text of her Award address here.
Trish Brooking recieves Award IMG 2523-748-235

Hans Christian Andersen Awards shortlist 2016

IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, which will be presented in Auckland at the IBBY Congress in August this year. Read more here.

andersen 02

Profile of the month: 
Tribute to Dorothy Butler OBE

Storylines and the world of children's books lost a good friend with the death of Dorothy Butler in September 2015. She was aged 90. Eulogies at the large funeral were given by Tessa Duder on behalf of the literary community and Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey representing the Karekare community.

Dorothy's contribution and influence as a bookseller, author, commentator and reviewer are incalculable. She was a founding member of the Children's Literature Association in the 1970s, an active supporter of Storylines for more than three decades and her tireless work for children's literature won her major awards in New Zealand, UK and USA.



Dorothy Butler reading credit Katrina Rees-747-9

Appear in Books Alive August 2016

 2016 Storylines Festival planning is under way. We're looking for schools and groups who'd like to appear in performance as part of the Auckland Family Day, showcasing their favourite New Zealand book or author.
 
Email for more details of what's involved and how you can take part.
Other News

The 23rd Annual Storylines Festival is coming

In August 2016 the Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators is going to be extra big - the Auckland Free Family Day is being held simultaneously with the IBBY World Congress. Bookmark the Festival page and stay updated with what's planned in your regionRead more.


2016 Story Tour applications open

Memo to teachers: three Story Tours are planned for Northland, greater Auckland and South Auckland in August 2016 as part of the Storylines Festival. These popular 3-4 day tours by leading writers and illustrators are offered to schools at no cost. Read more  about the Story Tours, dates for 2016, and how to apply.

IBBY Congress News

Three new speakers have been announced for the 2016 programme:
  • Nahoko Uehashi, HCA author winner 2014, Japan; 
  • Raina Telgemeier, USA, graphic novelist;
  • Gavin Bishop, New Zealand, author/illustrator. 

Read more about the full line up of speakers


  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.
  • Dressed up children at Christchurch Family Day 2010.

ABOUT US

The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 

READ MORE
 

SIGN UP

for  Storylines e-news and updates
Email
Email
 

SUPPORT US

Storylines welcomes support for all its activities and events. Whether as sponsors or as volunteers for Festival events or task groups, your contribution (large or small) towards helping children grow up to love books and stories will be hugely valued ...  
    
READ MORE