2018 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner announced

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 will be presented with her award at a function in Auckland late in November. Details  to be advised in the November Storylines e-newsletter.

The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award has been given annually since 1990 to acknowledge the ‘unsung heroes’ of New Zealand children’s literature, who have undertaken outstanding work at either a local or national level. It was named in honour of noted Auckland academic and children’s author Betty Gilderdale.


Read more about Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award, and previous winners.