Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand | Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa

Profile

Melanie Koster

Born on the wild West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, Melanie was brought up in a book-loving, story-telling family. She lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch with her family of artists, inventors and tinkerers.

Melanie has been shortlisted six times for the Joy Cowley Award and was the winner of the award in 2022. She is the author of three picture books and her writing has been published in The School Magazine (Australia). Melanie works as a Kaiāwhina Kaiako / Teacher Assistant at a local primary school, where she enjoys helping young writers hone their craft.

MelanieKoster

Selected bibliography:

  • Tama and the Taniwha, illustrated by Monica Koster (Scholastic 2023)
  • Ko Tama me te Taniwha illustrated by Monica Koster, translated by translated by Pānia Papa (Scholastic 2023)
  • Milly Maloo and the Miracle Glue, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic NZ 2011)
  • The Reluctant Little Flower Girl, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Mallinson Rendel 2008)
  • Feeding the Eels (The School Magazine, Australia)
  • Boy in the Garden (The School Magazine, Australia)
  • The Rememberator (The School Magazine, Australia)

Awards:

  • Shortlisted, NZ Booklovers Award 2024 for Tama and the Taniwha, illustrated by Monica Koster (Scholastic)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2023, Te Reo Māori for Ko Tama me te Taniwha illustrated by Monica Koster, translated by Pānia Papa (Scholastic)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2023, Picture Book list for Tama and the Taniwha illustrated by Monica Koster (Scholastic)
  • Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2022 for Tama and the Taniwha

Other Resources:

Sign Up

for Storylines e-news and updates

E-News and Updates