The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award honours Betty Gilderdale
, a lifelong advocate and supporter of children’s literature, through her academic research, work as a reviewer and 30 years' committee service to Auckland’s Children’s Literature Association. Prior to 2000, the award was known as the Children’s Literature Association’s Award for Services to Children’s Literature.
The Award is given for outstanding service to children’s literature and literacy and carries a monetary prize of $2000. The recipient delivers a 40-minute address, known as the Storylines Spring Lecture, as part of the award presentation, usually in November.
Nominations for the award close on 30 September each year.
To make a nomination for the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award, fill in this form
and email it to us
, or print it off and post to us.
The 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children's literature was presented to University of Otago academic Trish Brooking at a ceremony in Dunedin last November. 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 text of her Award address here, or watch a video of her presentation here.
Recipients of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award are: