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Children and books-752Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust 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. Read more

Storylines also operates as the New Zealand Section of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People).

Author Joy Cowley and publisher Dame Wendy Pye are patrons and active supporters of Storylines. Eight Trustees with governance responsibilities oversee activities which include an annual national festival, publications, awards and events.

The Trust employs a part-time Executive Officer and an Events Manager/Administrator who work closely with an elected Management Committee of about 12 members.  

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

The Storylines Trust's membership arm is the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation, open to parents, families, librarians, teachers, authors and illustrators, booksellers, publishers and others working or interested in children's and young people's literature and literacy. Trust and Foundation members work in a voluntary capacity on the various specialist committees that undertake Storylines’ work.

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

Storylines' publications are now principally 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. Links are also provided to other literary organisations and international awards.

Storylines also seeks and maintains partnerships with publishers, booksellers, the New Zealand Book Council, 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. Bookchat groups provide members with an opportunity to discuss classic and new books.

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).

Since 2001, Storylines has operated as New Zealand’s national section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), providing 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, to be held in Auckland in August 2016.


The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 



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Storylines welcomes support for all its activities and events. Whether as sponsors or as volunteers for Festival events or task groups, your contribution (large or small) towards helping children grow up to love books and stories will be hugely valued ...