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Whats the Story November 2011


ISSN 11750189: Volume 10: Issue 4: November 2011.

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. ~  Robertson Davies.

As we’re now only weeks away from the end of term, Christmas and the end of year… it’s time to reflect on our year and look forward to the future.

~ Annie, Storylines editor.

New Zealand IBBY (under the auspices of Storylines) wins bid to host the 2016 International IBBY Congress.
Earlier this year Storylines was informed that IBBY NZ was successful in its bid to host the IBBY International Congress in 2016. The bid was put together for Storylines by The Conference Company, under the guidance of Christine Young (at the time our Executive Officer) and Rosemary Tisdall, a member of the Storylines Management Committee and a Storylines Trustee.

IBBY International Congresses are very exciting events, usually attracting over 400 delegates from many of the 70 countries who are members of IBBY. Although the Congress is five years away, planning is starting now with a Steering Group meeting for the first time in early November.

We are fortunate to have the experience and wisdom of range of excellent people prepared to be part of the Conference Steering Group. The steering group includes Noel Murphy from the New Zealand Book Council, Anne de Latour (representing the Publishing Association of New Zealand), Diana Murray (Publishing Manager of Scholastic Publishing), Mary Sangster (representing Booksellers New Zealand), Katie Haworth (Commissioning Editor at Penguin); Peter Dowling (Managing Director of Oratia Media and a Storylines Trustee); Ann Cooper (coordinator of IBBY NZ), Rosemary Tisdall, and myself.

Our first task is to firm up the date in 2016 (probably late August or September) and to select the venue. One idea that may be explored is to hold the Storylines Festival at a time adjacent to the Congress so that visitors to New Zealand can experience a Family Day. We will keep members informed of developments as planning progresses.

~ Dr Libby Limbrick, Chairperson, Storylines.

Kawe Mate for Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira.
Dame Katerinas kawe mate. On Sunday 9 October the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library and Te Puna Wananga, The University of Auckland, hosted a kawe mate | memorial function for Kahurangi Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira. Members of Dame Katerina’s whanau were present to honour her life and work, along with representatives from Auckland University, Storylines and Te Ataarangi, a community language learning movement she co-founded.
Dame Katerina, who passed away recently, will be known to many for her extensive work in language revitalisation and children’s literature. Her novel Makorea was the first full-length novel written entirely in te reo Maori. She was also an artist and illustrator, featuring in the first exhibition of contemporary Maori art in1958, and a tireless educator. Dame Katerina, a teacher herself, has been called the mother of Kura Kaupapa Maori, and was lead author of the immersion movement’s founding document, Te Aho Matua. She was also a founding member of Te Taura Whiri and a recent recipient of the Linguapax Award. 
In 2007 Dame Katerina won the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children’s literature.  Throughout her lifetime she also won several children’s literature awards for books she had either written or translated. More details of these honours are listed in the profile of Dame Katerina on our website. 

Dame Katerina is also a featured author in the Storylines’ Literature Live series of short videos on New Zealand authors and illustrators.  This video was played to appreciative attendees during the memorial function.

~ Helen O’Carroll, Storylines Management Committee.
Storylines Festival update. 
Now that the Festival is over, and most of you have caught up on your sleep, planning has already commenced for the 19th Annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators 2012. Don’t forget to mark these dates in your diary:
18 – 26 August 2012:
  • Saturday 18 August – Dunedin Family Day.
  • Sunday 19 August – Wellington and Christchurch Family Days.
  • Monday 20 – Friday 24 August – Auckland Story Tour.
  • Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August – Northland Story Tour.
  • Saturday 25 August – Northland Family Day and Auckland Workshops.
  • Sunday 26 August – Auckland Family Day.

I would also like to thank you all for your contribution to the Festival this year, whether it was big or small. Without your help, and the assistance of many other volunteer throughout the country, many children (and adults) would not have the chance to meet and talk with their literary heroes. So a VERY BIG THANK YOU!
To see the wonderful events that we achieved this year nationwide, the Festival Report documents the eight-day Festival week, which commenced in Dunedin. 

We hope to see you again next year, and remember if you would like to join one of the regional committees to help with the finer details, then let me know and I can put you in contact with the appropriate Regional Coordinator. Having new members is always welcomed as we always have so much to do.

See you next year.
~ Vicki Cunningham, Storylines Events Manager.

People who inspire literacy: Amanda Chapman.
Amanda Chapman with two students. Amanda is Literacy Centre Co-ordinator and Academic Dean Years 7 and 8 at De la Salle College, a Catholic Lasallian secondary school in South Auckland.

She runs the Literacy Centre which is central to the school’s literacy strategy and focuses on developing the reading, writing and comprehension of students in years 7 and 8, a total of over 300 students a week.

Walking into the Literacy Centre is like walking into a warm, comfortable home full of books, student work and interesting artefacts, many relating to books the students have read, or are reading. However, the heart of the centre is Amanda herself whose energy and enthusiasm for books, reading and the students she teaches is outstanding.


How would you describe your relationship to books and reading as child and young adult?

I’m a hoarder, have always loved books and collected them. The pictures were always important to me and visual aspect of books still impacts on me. If I have enjoyed reading a book, I enjoy giving it to someone else to read as well.

Is there a book/author/ reading experience that had a particular impact on your life? What made it so significant? 

When I was a little girl my mother took to a bookshop in Queen Street to meet Dr Seuss. He drew a picture for me and signed it which I still treasure. I’ve got lots of his books. I always buy them when I see them. I love his use of rhyme and language.
Eric Carle was another favourite because of his amazing artwork which always fascinated me along with his simplistic storylines. Brown Bear Brown Bear is my favourite you never get tired of reading it, no matter how old you are.

Who encouraged you to take an interest in books and reading?

My mother.

What encourages you to promote books and reading to today’s young people? 
Sheer enjoyment and pleasure are what the most important – seeing them entering other worlds and learning new and interesting things. Helping them to understand that reading is a pleasure and a privilege that everyone can enjoy. The only cost is your time and effort. You can do it by yourself and requires no equipment. 

What has been the most successful book or reading promotion you have used with young people?

Reading Boyznbikes by Vince Ford. From the first sentence we were into it. The boys like New Zealand stuff, books about places and topics they can relate to. Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee was another one. We could go to the top of One Tree Hill and see 14 volcanoes. The boys wrote to Maurice Gee and got a letter back acknowledging their interest and questions – was great for them to get a response from a real author.

What advice would you give someone who wanted create a reading environment in their home / centre?

Read to them and with them – create a space that’s visually pleasing and comfortable. You need to know books (all kinds of books) and select those that are relevant to children’s age, interests etc. It is important in the Centre for us to be organised and have systems that work.
We run a Homework and Breakfast Club where the boys are able to attend and use all the facilities of the Centre like the computers and printers, reference books, glue, felts, or just get some assistance with their homework. For some students this can be a social time where they might just play with the games like chess, Connect Four or the PS2. As an added incentive, we always offer delicious food which makes it more attractive for the boys and participation numbers higher. I believe that it is important for the boys to develop positive experiences around the Literacy Centre and their learning needs.

Can you remember a librarian during your childhood/youth?

No, but I remember the Mangere East Library and Mrs Christie who was my standard one teacher and read to us every day. I remember her reading Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlotte’s Web – all these books I have read to many of my own students over the years. I think I can remember all the books she read us.

Which literary character would you ditch your life for and run away with?

Can’t think of anyone I would ditch my life for.

As a child which literary character did you most want to be?

The Cat in the Hat – I love cats and I love magic.

Were you a Magic Faraway Tree fan?

~ interviewed by Helen Schwarcz, Storylines Management Committee.
Do you know someone who has inspired you – or others – in the world of children’s literature and literacy? Maybe another school librarian? Or a public librarian? Or one of those special teachers, who share their love of reading. Let us know about them!

News out and about:
Jabberwocky Children’s Bookshop in Auckland is under new management, Sean and Rhonda Kelly. Find out more on their website.

Auckland Libraries, along with Manukau Institute of Technology, are running writing workshops with Robert Sullivan – ‘Writing the Heart’. Find out more on the Auckland Libraries’ website.

Do you have any news you’d like to share? Let us know! 

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