Celebrate NZ Bookshop Day with Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop and Leys Institute Library at Book Feast Children's Book Festival
Featuring some of New Zealand's best children's book authors and illustrators including:
● Stacy Gregg - author of the beloved Pony Club series and now two picture books about Mini
● Sally Sutton - author of fabulous picture books about big machines
(Demolition/Construction/Roadworks) and the gorgeous Mini Wings series
● Heather Haylock - author of the Award winning Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter .
● Toby Morris - author and illustrator of picture books and the recently released graphic book
about the Treaty of Waitangi
● Giselle Clarkson -illustrator of many books including the awesome Gobbledegook anthology
by Joy Cowley. Famous for her illustration of 'Biscuits and Slices of New Zealand'
The day will be packed with bookish activities - story readings, crafts and a special book character hunt.

Come dressed as your favourite book character and win prizes!
Events will be at the Dorothy Butler Bookshop at 1 Jervois Road and the Leys Institute Library on St Mary's Road.
Register now to receive updates on the programme and to be in the draw to win a book prize pack featuring books from festival guests.
Many thanks to Waitemata Local Board for their support of this event.



Painting the Shop Window - from 11am author/illustrator Vasanti Unka will be painting a rainbow on the outside of our shop window (with assistance from passers-by, especially children) & we'll be promoting Who Stole the Rainbow?

Very relevant for a shop that strongly supports the Rainbow community!

Performance Poetry on the Pavement - Abby Irwin, a secondary school student who does a lot of our social media & who is a performance poet, will, with her friends, be doing spoken word poetry on a soapbox.

Four Half-Price Books for Four Hours - We have negotiated with 4 publishers to receive special discount on 4 new & exciting titles that we will sell for half price for one hour only: First title half price from 11am - 12noon; second title half price from 12noon - 1pm; third title half price from 1pm -2pm; third title half price 2pm - 3pm. These will be on a flyer that Abby & friends will give out to people down Ponsonby Road & across the road at Ponsonby Central.


WARDINI BOOKS, Napier and Havelock North

For National Bookshop Day we are creating a series of Five Sentence Flash Fictions with local authors. Their brief is to create a story around the theme of bookshops in five sentences and no more than 100 words. These will then be produced for sale on postcards, illustrated by our artist in residence, Phoebe Wilton-Stuart.

Authors on board are: Mark Sweet, Tina Clough, Sarah Myles, Sophie Siers, Mary-anne Scott, Adele Broadbent and Gareth Ward.

The authors will be at Wardini Books Napier and Havelock North on the big day in order to create collaborative Five Sentence Flash Fictions with members of our reading community.

Fun times!



Meet award-winning children's author, Gillian Candler. Bring the children to have a go at nature-themed crafts, get you books signed and pre-view Gillian's next book "New Zealand Nature Heroes" (available to pre-order).



Join us between 2pm and 3pm to celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 50th birthday. There will be stories, a craft activity, afternoon tea and a take-home bag.

This event is especially suitable for ages 3 to 6 years.

To book, email us at or phone 387 3905

Eric Carle's famous book was first published in 1969 and nearly 50 million copies have been sold world wide.

As well, every purchase on Saturday, October 26th will go in a draw to win a parcel of books worth $100.


SCORPIO BOOKS, Christchurch

Fifteen Staff Picks for $15: Our staff have picked fifteen of their favourite Penguin Random House titles which we will be offering at $15/each on bookshop day only!

We've designed an exclusive Scorpio Books tote bag for bookshop day! Tote bags will be available for $10/each on bookshop day only. Supplies are limited so gte in quick to grab your new book bag

Every year on bookshop day we donate 10% of our daily sales to local schools. Customers are encouraged ot nominate a school when they chek out and we tally up everything at the end of the day and send the schools vouchers.


Award winning, author/illustrator Katie O'Neill (The Tea Dragon Society) will be running a tea dragon drawing workshop in the shop from 11-12pm. Bookings are essential, $10/child. Ages 7+

Nevermoor Birthday Bash! We're celebrating the 2nd birthday of Nevermoor with an all out Nevermoor party. Complete with costume contest, photo ops, readings, activities and cake. Plus, beginning 7th October we will be offering Nevermoor and Wundersmith at $15/each with help from our friends at Hachette, so readers can catch up on this amazing series if they haven't already fallen in love with Mog and her friends.