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Storylines is the New Zealand national section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), a non-profit organisation, which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. 
The IBBY National Section consists of a small committee working within Storylines, including members of the consortium. The IBBY committee takes every opportunity to promote IBBY and its activities within the framework of Storylines, such as regular columns in the quarterly newsletter and displays at public functions. It also endeavours to promote New Zealand children's literature in the world by taking full advantage of IBBY's awards, functions and publications. In 2007 the New Zealand Section sponsored International Children's Book Day, including providing a story by Margaret Mahy, and a poster illustrated by Zac Waipara, which were distributed to IBBY member countries around the world.

For more information email the IBBY committee.
Joy Cowley honoured by Ibby

In the 2018 New Year's Honours list, Joy Cowley, Storylines' founding patron, was awarded the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest honour, and becomes one of just 20 people holding this title.
The award is well deserved recognition for Joy's achievements in children's literature  in New Zealand and internationally over many decades.

Joy was also named in early 2018 as one of the shortlisted  authors
for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world's most prestigious international children's book award. The winner will be announced in late March.
Read more about Joy here.

A short film featuring the 2018 HCA shortlist is posted on YouTube and can be easily shared directly from the IBBY website.

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Books for Refugee Children
Storylines recently received a USD 5000 (NZ$6,633.23) grant to provide books for refugee children in their own languages. We have books 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.
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Publication of book from 35th IBBY Congress

Understanding Ourselves and Others through Children's Literature in a Multiliterate World will be published as a book of 12 chapters by  Trentham Books. The book to be available for sale at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens in late August and is also available on pre-order. Contact Storylines chair Libby Limbrick for more information.

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IBBY Honour List

The 2017 IBBY Honour list has been released by IBBY and with the catalogue will be exhibited at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens in August. Kate De Goldi's From the Cutting Room of Barnaby Kettle is among this prestigious list.

You can read the full list here.

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35th IBBY International Congress Auckland 2016
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Congress in 2016 was the big event for anyone interested in young people’s literature and literacy in New Zealand.  Hosted by Storylines, which represents IBBY New Zealand, the Congress was held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, and was  hailed as a huge success.

Read a summary report on the Congress here or the full report to IBBY's international body here.
See some wonderful photos, on our Facebook page here, or a selection of photos taken by Congress delegate Doris Breitmoser here.
Or read about it in CIM Magazine here.
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Support for the New Zealand IBBY National Section:

Storylines thanks the New Zealand Book Council and the following New Zealand publishers for their contribution to New Zealand's membership subscription to IBBY:


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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