The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand supports and promotes the development of children’s and young adults' literature in New Zealand.
Author Joy Cowley and publisher Dame Wendy Pye are patrons and active supporters of Storylines. Eight Trustees with governance responsibilities oversee activities which include an annual national festival, publications, awards and events.
The Trust employs a part-time Executive Officer and an Events Manager/Administrator who work closely with an elected Management Committee of about 12 members.
Funding for Trust activities comes from Creative New Zealand, corporates, major community trusts, local bodies, publishers and other sources. Income is also raised from membership fees and fund-raising events.
The Storylines Trust's membership arm is the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation, open to parents, families, librarians, teachers, authors and illustrators, booksellers, publishers and others working or interested in children's and young people's literature and literacy. Trust and Foundation members work in a voluntary capacity on the various specialist committees that undertake Storylines’ work.
Storylines is known for its annual national Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators and the annual Storylines awards offered to emerging writers and illustrators of children’s books. There are also three awards honouring achievement in the field of children's literature.
Storylines' publications are now principally online, including a quarterly newsletter and, posted on the website, the Year Book which includes the annual Margaret Mahy Lecture and the Betty Gilderdale Spring Lecture, the Trust's annual report and summary of Storylines and other awards. Links are also provided to other literary organisations and international awards.
Storylines also seeks and maintains partnerships with publishers, booksellers, the New Zealand Book Council, the New Zealand Society of Authors, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, Booksellers New Zealand, the Publishers Association of New Zealand, libraries, schools and other organisations with interests in literature and literacy education for children. Bookchat groups provide members with an opportunity to discuss classic and new books.
Affiliated children’s literature associations and/or individuals are active in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty (Bookrapt: The Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association), Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth, Wellington (the Wellington Children's Book Association), and Christchurch (Painted Stories, formerly known as Te Tai Tamariki).
Since 2001, Storylines has operated as New Zealand’s national section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), providing a voice and presence for New Zealand children’s books and authors in the world's major forum for children's literature. After ten years' active membership, IBBY New Zealand was chosen to host the 35th biennial International Congress of IBBY, to be held in Auckland in August 2016.