International Children's Book Day
International Children’s Book Day is observed annually on 2nd April, the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. The idea of an annual celebration came from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
Each year a different National Section of IBBY sponsors ICBD. The sponsoring National Section suggests a motto for ICBD. A message to the children of the world, based on the motto, is written by a suitable person such as an internationally-known children’s author. The sponsoring section is also responsible for producing an attractive poster to promote ICBD. In addition, the sponsors encourage national celebrations of the day, such as activities in libraries and schools, special publications, book-related events, and media publicity.
Storylines, in its dual role as the New Zealand Section of IBBY, was the sponsor for International Children’s Book Day on 2nd April 2007. We produced an ICBD A1-sized poster, superbly illustrated by Zac Waipara. The motto we chose was 'Stories Ring the World'. The accompanying message was written by Margaret Mahy in her usual thought-provoking style.
In association with Reed Publishing, we produced Out of the Deep, an anthology of Maori, Pacific Island and Pakeha stories for children – stories that reflect the primary cultures within New
Zealand. This anthology was edited by Tessa Duder and Lorraine Orman, and illustrated by Bruce Potter.