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International Children's Book Day

International Children’s Book Day I(ICBD) s observed annually on 2 April, the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. The idea of an annual celebration came from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Each year a different National Section of IBBY sponsors ICBD. The sponsoring National Section suggests a motto for ICBD. A message to the children of the world, based on the motto, is written by a suitable person such as an internationally-known children’s author. The sponsoring Section is also responsible for producing an attractive poster to promote ICBD. In addition, the sponsors encourage national celebrations of the day, such as activities in libraries and schools, special publications, book-related events, and media publicity.

Storylines, in its dual role as the New Zealand Section of IBBY, was the sponsor for International Children’s Book Day on 2 April 2007. This involved design and production of an ICBD A1-sized poster, superbly illustrated by Zac Waipara. The motto chosen was 'Stories Ring the World'. and the accompanying message was written by Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner Margaret Mahy.
ICBD poster 2007
In association with Reed Publishing, Storylines also produced Out of the Deep, an anthology of Maori, Pacific Island and Pakeha stories for children – stories that reflect the primary cultures within New Zealand. This anthology was edited by Tessa Duder and Lorraine Orman, and illustrated by Bruce Potter.
Out of the Deep


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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