Last week I spent the week out on the road with two awesome librarians, Saskia Hill and Susan Dodd, as part of the Canterbury NZ Post Children’s Book Festival Roadshow. We decided that this year, we wanted to talk about and read the finalist books to as many children as we possibly could over the course of the Festival week. We battled heavy rain, flooding, horrible traffic and a flat tyre to deliver our Roadshow to the kids of Canterbury. We visited 11 schools, 13 preschools, presented 2 Books Before Bedtime Pyjama Parties and read to over 6000 children over the course of the week.
Part of our programme was performing Margaret Mahy and Gavin Bishop’s wonderful picture book, Mister Whistler. I danced around as Mister Whistler, while Saskia read the book and got the kids interacting with the story. Here’s a couple of photos of my performance.
It was an awesome experience and something that we hope to repeat again next year. These were my highlights of the week:
- Dressing up as Mister Whistler and dancing around while taking my clothes on and off.
- Giving away heaps of copies of Kyle Mewburn’s Melu and Rachael King’s Red Rocks to kids all around Canterbury and seeing their faces light up.
- Seeing kids so eager to answer questions about the finalist books so they can win a bookmark.
- Meeting lots of enthusiastic teachers and librarians who love books.
- Reading and talking about books with kids of all ages and doing it all with one of the coolest people around, Saskia Hill.
Here is a small selection of our photos from the week:
Best of luck to all the authors and illustrators on the shortlist for the awards. I’m really looking forward to going to the awards ceremony here in Christchurch tonight. I’ll be live Tweeting from the event so if you want to know the winners first, follow me – @zackids.
Rachael King’s fantastic children’s book, Red Rocks, was recently named as a finalist in the Junior Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Since then, it has also been named a Storylines Notable Book and been nominated in the Best Youth Novel category for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards (for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing).
Thanks to Random House New Zealand I have 3 copies of Red Rocks to give away. All you have to do to get in the draw is enter your name and email address in the form below. Competition closes Sunday 5 May (NZ only).
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Adrienne, Cushla and Lynley.
Tina Matthews is a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards with her book, A Great Cake. I’m a huge fan of Tina’s books, which she both writes and illustrates. This video is Tina reading her wonderful book, and she tells me that there will be more videos to follow of her other books.
The finalists in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced this morning. There is a great selection of books this year, by some of our best authors and illustrators. I think that the picture book and junior fiction categories are particularly strong and the judges have got a huge job ahead of them. I’m aiming to read all of the finalists before the week of the Festival this year so I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each book here. I’m also the Canterbury coordinator of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Festival and we’ve got some great events in the pipeline.
What are your favourites?
- A Great Cake, written and illustrated by Tina Matthews
- Melu, written by Kyle Mewburn and illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
- Mister Whistler, written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Gavin Bishop
- Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum, written and illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton
- Remember that November, written by Jennifer Beck and illustrated by Lindy Fisher
- The ACB with Honora Lee, written by Kate De Goldi and illustrated by Gregory O’Brien
- The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else
- My Brother’s War by David Hill
- Red Rocks by Rachael King
- Uncle Trev and His Whistling Bull by Jack Lasenby
Young Adult Fiction
- Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran
- Into the River by Ted Dawe
- The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager
- Reach by Hugh Brown
- Snakes and Ladders by Mary-anne Scott
- 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere
- At the Beach: Explore and discover the New Zealand seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Chandler
- Kiwi: the real story by Annemarie Florian and Heather Hunt
- Taketakerau, The Millenium Tree by Marnie Anstis, Patricia Howitt and Kelly Spencer