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2018 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winner

Congratulations Jeannie Skinner.
The 2018 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children’s literature has been awarded to Northland’s passionate advocate for children’s books and literacy, Jeannie Skinner.
Both in her role as Capability Facilitator for National Library’s Service to Schools and as a volunteer for the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust and other children’s books-related organisations, Jeannie has been a leading light in promoting books and reading over three decades through Northland’s public libraries and schools. She has helped organise and promote Storylines and New Zealand Book Council author tours, developed an award for student librarians, as well as running short story awards, quizzes for young people and popular blog post. As an acknowledged expert in children’s books and related professional literature, she was appointed convenor of the judging panel for the 2018 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards.
Jeannie will be presented with her award and present the Storylines Spring lecture on Sunday 2 December at 3pm at the National Library, The Strand, Parnell, Auckland. Light refreshments will be served after Jeannie’s lecture presentation. Seating is limited, so please register your attendance here.
Storylines members are free, with a $15 a head charge for non-members. There is no charge for children. Purchase your tickets to attend here.
Read more about Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award, and previous winners.
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Storylines Awards deadlines

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

- biennial award for illustration by new and unpublished illustrators. See here or the story, Ruru and Kiwi’s Midnight Feast by Clare Scott, chosen by sponsor Penguin Random House to be illustrated plus a storyboard template, plus entry forms and guidelines. Entries close 30 November 2018.
 
2017 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award winner, Lael Chisholm
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The 2018 Storylines Notable Book lists of the best children's books published in 2017 are out. Read the lists here.

 

Presentation of the 2018  Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award is on 2 December at 3pm. Read more here.
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Recent News

Give a gift of books

Storylines members (children's literature experts, including teachers, librarians and readers) have compiled lists of recent titles that they recommend  as you ponder Christmas gift buying decisions.
Read more here from lists that cover Non-fiction, picture books, junior fiction and young adult fiction.
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Storylines Life Member

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Congratulations Wayne Mills

The Storylines Foundation has granted life membership to Kids Lit Quiz quizmaster and Storylines identity Wayne Mills, to acknowledge “his tireless promotion of children’s reading and books for more than three decades, through the Children’s Literature Association, as founding member of the Children’s Book Foundation (including seven years as chair of the Management Committee) and as contributor to the work of the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust and Foundation. Also for his many years’ service as teacher at intermediate and tertiary level, and his enterprise as initiator (in 1991) and acclaimed Quizmaster of the New Zealand and International Kids Lit Quiz”.

Wayne was the winner of the 2008 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal. .
Read more about Wayne.
Read more here about Kids Lit Quiz.

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Notable New Zealand Children's Books

Check out the 2018 list of Storylines Notable Books . The list is a great guide to the best new Zealand children's and YA books published in 2017. The 2019 list, for books published in 2018, will be announced in April 2019.

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Book launch

Storylines patron Dame Wendy Pye recently launched the book Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate Word edited by Waikato lecturer Nicola Daly and Storylines chair Dr Libby Limbrick, with advisory editor Pam Dix. This book is a diverse collection of essays by 12 scholars in children’s literature from the very successful 35th IBBY World Congress 2016 held in Auckland. You can order from www.ucl-ioe-press.com and in Kindle/eBook formats.

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Member-only videos and tip sheets

Storylines members can  receive access to a series of 16 videos, filmed at the 2017 Storylines Writers and Illustrators Hui. The videos provide insights into the creative and writing processes of 16 of our top writers and illustrators.Check out a sample here. Members can access the first videos here. Others will be uploaded during may and June.
The series of "Top Ten Tips" sheets offer pithy and useful advice to aspiring writers and illustrators, andfor teachers, parents and librarians. They're written by leading practitioners such as Bruce Potter and Leonie Agnew among others. Coming: more from writers and Illustrators, plus from educators on getting your child reading and an agent on how to get published.

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CNZ seeks external literature peer assessors

As some of the current literature assessors complete their term soon, Creative New Zealand wishes to appoint new literature assessors to ensure its funding process is representative of Aotearoa’s diverse identities, perspectives and knowledge.

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of funding applications made to Creative New Zealand against specific criteria. They may also be asked to be on an assessment panel and/or meet with other peer assessors to provide funding recommendations to Creative New Zealand senior management and/or the Arts Council.

Peer assessment is a paid role. Payment is usually $45 per application, plus $80 for the round. Attending panel meetings is an additional $150, as required for each round.

External peer assessors for literature have an in-depth understanding of the literature sector and current artform practice. CNZ is also looking for literature assessors who have understanding of international trends and markets.Being a peer assessor for Creative New Zealand provides you with the opportunity to learn about the latest activity in the literature sector. Working with other peer assessors can be a great professional development opportunity, exposing you to different perspectives and potentially widening your own thinking.

Assessors can be nominated by completing the nomination form on the CNZ website and sending it to assessment@creativenz.govt.nz. Self-nominations will be accepted.


 

IBBY NZ project provides books for refugee children

A USD 5000 (NZ$6,633.23) grant from the Yamada Foundation was recently received by IBBY NZ to fund providing books in their own languages to refugee children arriving in new Zealand. Books are shortly arriving from Iran, Singapore, Myanmar, and Palestine in the following languages to meet the needs of refugee children arriving this year: Farsi, Arabic, Tamil, Punjabi, Burmese, Karen, Chin, and hopefully Rohingyan. Books will be delivered directly to the AUT Refugee Education Centre at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.
The goodwill engendered by the Auckland Congress is evident by the widespread interest and support from National Sections in the Yamada project with several offers of donations of books.
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Our Supporters
Storylines would like to thank our major funders and supporters:

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Storylines is supported by the Creative New Zealand Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investments Programme, with funding to assist us in our mission of supporting New Zealand children's and young adult writers and illustrators, and in engaging young New Zealanders with books and reading.


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We also receive generous funding from:
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Other organisations who share our objective of promoting books and reading in New Zealand include:

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National Library of New Zealand


Duffy Books in Homes


Michael King Writers’ Centre


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