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Children and books-752Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa...

...promotes awareness of the importance of reading and books for all children and young adults; ensures children and young adults in New Zealand have access to high quality literature; and supports the writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults in New Zealand. There is broad scope under the Trust Deed by which Trustees and the volunteers who support Storylines can achieve these primary aims.


The Friends of Storylines Ngā Pou o te Whare Tamariki o Aotearoa  is Storylines membership organisation, enabling individuals and organisations to actively support Storylines' work, through payment of membership fees, volunteering or other means.

Since 2001, Storylines has operated as New Zealand’s national section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), working with a consortium and supportive publishers, who assist with the cost of IBBY membership. Through IBBY NZ Storylines provides 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, in Auckland in August 2016.
 

People

New Zealand Icon, author and Member of the Order of New Zealand Joy Cowley and educational publisher Dame Wendy Pye are patrons and active supporters of Storylines.

Up to nine Trustees with governance responsibilities oversee activities which include an annual national series of Story Tours, publications, awards and events.

The Trust employs a part-time executive officer and an events manager/administrator who work closely with an elected volunteer management committee of between eight and 20 members. 
 

Activities

Storylines is well-known for its annual national Storylines National Festival Story Tour, the annual Storylines awards offered to published and emerging writers and illustrators of children’s books, and the annual Storylines Notable Books awards. There are also three awards honouring achievement in the field of children's literature.  

Storylines' publications are now entirely online, including a monthly e-newsletter and the annual Margaret Mahy Lecture and the Betty Gilderdale Spring Lecture, the Trust's annual report and summaries of Storylines awards.

Funding for Storylines' activities comes from Creative New Zealand, Foundation North, Auckland Council, other major community trusts, corporates, local bodies, publishers and other sources. Income is also raised from Storylines membership fees and fund-raising events.


Affiliations

Storylines seeks and maintains partnerships with publishers, booksellers, Read New Zealand Te Pou Muramura, 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.

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).

New Zealand Icon, author and Member of the Order of New Zealand Joy Cowley and educational publisher Dame Wendy Pye are patrons and active supporters of Storylines. Up to nine Trustees with governance responsibilities oversee activities which include an annual national series of Story Tours, publications, awards and events.
 

Contact

For more information or to contact the Trust, email GIllian Wess, Executive Officer.
 

ABOUT US

Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature

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Storylines welcomes your support for all its activities and events. Whether as a volunteer or sponsor for annual events or specific activities, your support (large or small) towards helping young New Zealanders love books is greatly appreciated.
    
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