Ruth Paul

Children’s Books for Christmas – the best gift

I am probably not alone in this industry in saying the single most exciting present I unwrapped from beneath the Christmas tree each year was the rectangular one: especially if it looked like it had more than one book in it. Mum was a bit iffy with her clothes choices for my Christmas gifts, but she was pretty spot on with books that would appeal to me. My very first Terry Pratchett was a Christmas present, age 14, which made me aware of a whole different branch of publishing. Imagine how excited I was when I realised that Maskerade was book 18 of a whole, and ongoing, series.

'Families Reading Together' the theme for Travelling Books

Literacy Aotearoa and New Zealand Post are celebrating five years of Travelling Books with more than ten thousand brand new books to be given away for free next week.
 
From Saturday, volunteers from Literacy Aotearoa will be out on the streets in towns and cities around the country promoting adult literacy and handing out books to members of the public. No money changes hands, but readers are asked to enjoy the books and pass them on to another reader.
 

Storylines 2014 Notable Books List

The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the 2014 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's and young adult novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2013).
 
The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 29 March.
 
Storylines Notable Picture Books 2014
Books for children and/or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)

Doing The Business — The Sunday Seminars at The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington

The Sunday Seminars are an initiative we came up with to keep our name in front of the literary community, and to connect with those who want to become writers and illustrators.

Ruth and I had been discussing the challenges booksellers face, and the opportunities there were to go into areas we haven’t previously been involved in.We knew from the number of people who call on us with their ideas/manuscripts/printed books that there is a huge thirst for information to learn how to write, and the process involved in becoming published.

Winners and Finalists 2008

Book of the Year
Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Best First Book
Out of the Egg, Tina Matthews (Walker Books)

Children's Choice
The King’s Bubbles, Ruth Paul (Scholastic New Zealand)

Young Adult Fiction Winner
Salt, Maurice Gee (Penguin)

Honour Award
The Sea-wreck Stranger, Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)

Junior Fiction Winner
Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Picture Book Winner
Tahi – One Lucky Kiwi, Melanie Drewery, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Random House)

 Honour Award
To the Harbour, Stanley Palmer (Lopdell House Gallery)

Non-fiction Winner
Which New Zealand Spider? Andrew Crowe (Penguin)

Honour Award
Reaching the Summit, Alexa Johnston & David Larsen (Penguin)

Finalists

  • Salt, Maurice Gee (Penguin)
  • The Sea-wreck Stranger, Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)
  • Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful, Brigid Lowry (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves, Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • Zillah, Penelope Todd (Longacre Press)
  • Dead Dan's Dee, Phyllis Johnston (Longacre Press)
  • The Dumpster Saga, Craig Harrison (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • The Mad Tadpole Adventure, Melanie Drewery & Jenny Cooper (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • My Story: Sitting on the Fence, Bill Nagelkerke (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
  • The King’s Bubbles, Ruth Paul, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Out of the Egg, Tina Matthews (Walker Books)
  • Rats! Gavin Bishop (Random House)
  • Tahi – One Lucky Kiwi, Melanie Drewery, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Random House)
  • To the Harbour, Stanley Palmer (Lopdell House Gallery)
  • A Mini Guide to the Identification of New Zealand Land Birds, Andrew Crowe & Dave Gunson (Penguin)
  • Reaching the Summit, Alexa Johnston & David Larsen (Penguin)
  • Weather Watch New Zealand, Sandra Carrod, Karsten Schneider & Richard Gunther (Reed New Zealand)
  • What is a fish? Feana Tu'akoi (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Which New Zealand Spider? Andrew Crowe (Penguin)

Awards Ceremony 2008

The awards ceremony for the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards was held on the evening of Wednesday 21 May at the Wellington Town Hall.

 

Enchanted Forest

The entrance to the Wellington Town Hall was transformed into an enchanted forest, complete with toadstools, fairylights and a pathway made from the jacket covers of the 2008 finalist titles.