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Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award

2018 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 was presented with her award and presented the Storylines Spring lecture on Sunday 2 December at 3pm at the National Library, The Strand, Parnell, Auckland.

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Jeannie presents her lecture National Library colleagues honour Jeannie with a waiata.
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Jeannie Skinner with Betty GIlderdale after her presentation Betty Gilderdale (centre) with past Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award winners Frances Plumpton, Jeannie Skinner and Rosemary Tisdall


The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award honours Betty Gilderdale, a lifelong advocate and supporter of children’s literature, through her academic research, work as a reviewer and 30 years' committee service to Auckland’s Children’s Literature Association. Prior to 2000, the award was known as the Children’s Literature Association’s Award for Services to Children’s Literature.

The Award is given for outstanding service to children’s literature and literacy and carries a monetary prize of $2000. The recipient delivers a 40-minute address, known as the Storylines Spring Lecture, as part of the award presentation, usually in November.
Nominations for the award close on 31 August each year.
To make a nomination for the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award, fill in this form and email it to us, or print it off and post to us.
Betty Gilderdale at the 2018 award presentation

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2016 Betty Gilderdale Award

The 2016 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children's literature was presented to Rosemary Tisdall at a ceremony in Auckland on 11 December. Storylines Trust chair Dr Libby Limbrick paid tribute to Rosemary's long service to children's literature and welcomed her to the podium to present the Spring Lecture. Betty Gilderdale then presented Rosemary with her Award.You can read the text of her Award address here.
Storylines Trust chair Dr. Libby Limbrick, Betty Gilderdale and award recipient Rosemary Tisdall
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Recipients of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award are:


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