Dorothy Butler Children

Christmas lights twinkle for booksellers

Jenna Todd told TV3 that Time Out Books was up 7.5 percent for the year, and 12 percent over Christmas, their ‘best ever’; Unity Wellington’s Tilly Lloyd ‘broke all sales records’ for the December month, reported Lindsay Shelton at Scoop. Milford’s The Booklover was up 12 percent for Christmas and Dear Reader in Grey Lynn up 9 percent.

Blitzen Christmas: the Booksellers NZ List of books to read and buy this Christmas

In the spirit of the traditional Yuletide list, your hard working Christmas elves at Booksellers NZ (hic) have compiled a jamboree of bookselling talent to tell you, dear reader, what books to line your Santa sacks with this December. We can’t promise whether the list of books below is naughty or nice or even a fair representation of NZ and international titles, but we can promise you that the books have been chosen by a range of expert Booksellers from Indies and chains alike. We believe this particular ensemble of books is the most diverse and madly brilliant list of the year, but then we have been hitting the eggnog pretty hard.

Booksellers Gift Card: The Gift of Choice

See the map above to find out where you can redeem your gift card.

The Booksellers gift card is sold and redeemed in bookstores nationwide, including many independent bookshops and all Paper Plus and Take Note stores.

Selling Books to Schools: a changing market closes some doors and opens others

The advent of the ‘think global – buy local’ mindset has seen a lot of communities becoming aware of supporting their bookshops. For school libraries, the trend is to buy locally if the bookstore in question has a good range of the children’s, young adult and non-fiction resource titles needed for their shelves. (Pictured: Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie's fantastic range) 
Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie

Celebrating 20 years of Storylines

Wellington Children’s Bookshop owner Ruth McIntyre is looking forward to the buzz and excitement of Storylines Wellington Family Day at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 17 August. “There’s a lot of preparation for it, making sure there’s stock of all the guest writers’ books. But I have a wonderful time on the day. People are really impressed because it is free and so it has a really good vibe,” says Ruth.

The event is obviously good business for the store, who will have at least three staff members on hand as well.

No silver bullets in education – but Reading Together is close!

A time-tested programme of working with parents to stimulate their kids’ reading has teachers The Read has contacted being enthusiastic to the point of being evangelical.