School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

Finalists for the NZ Children’s Book Awards announced

Early this morning the finialst titles were announced for the 2016 Children’s Book Awards. These awards seek to find the best books written fro children in New Zealand in the last year. There are 6 categories – Young Adult, Illustration, Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Te Reo Māori. There are also children’s choice awards for each of the 6 categories – finalists that are voted for by children rather than the book award judges.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 8th August. You can find out more about the awards at the Booksellers website.

Have you grabbed your pizza wheel yet? Hell Pizza are one of the big sponsors of the awards. Until stocks last, you can grab a pizza wheel from the library. Get each section clicked for each book you read, and once you have completed a wheel (7 clicks) you can exchange the wheel for a pizza. Yum!

Here are the 2016 finalists:

Junior Fiction:

Enemy Camp by David Hill

From the cutting room of Barney Kettle by Kate De Goldi

Lily Max – Satin, Scissors, Frock by Jane Bloomfield

The bold ship Phenomenal by Sarah Johnson

The girl who rode the wind by Stacey Gregg

 

Non-Fiction:

ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill

Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper by Bob Kerr

See what I can see: New Zealand photography for the young and curious by Gregory O’Brien

The beginner’s guide to adventure sport in New Zealand by Steve Gurney

Whose beak is this? By Gillian Candler

 

Picture Book:

Allis the little tractor by Sophie Siers

Finding Monkey Moon by Elizabeth Pulford

Haka by Patricia Grace

The house on the hill by Kyle Mewburn

Little Kiwi’s Matariki by Nikki Slade Robinson

 

Illustration:

Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper Illustrated by Bob Kerr

Finding Monkey Moon Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

Hush: a Kiwi lullaby Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Much ado about Shakespeare Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

The house on the hill Illustrated by Sarah Davis

 

 

Te Reo Māori:

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi by Kat Merewether

Whiti te Rā! by Patricia Grace

 

July School Holidays – Renaissance Illustration

Have a go at painting like a renaissance artist!

Head along to your local library in the school holidays to find out how artists in the Middle Ages created their masterpieces, and have a go yourself. You might just find yourself painting upside down! Lots of creative messy fun, so wear your old clothes!

Here’s the where and when:Poster Small

Central Library:

Wednesday 9th July, 11am – 12noon

Island Bay Community Centre:

Tuesday 15th July, 10.30am – 11.30am

Karori Library:

Wednesday 16th July, 11am – 12noon

Miramar Library:

Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

Johnsonville Library:

Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

 

Free events for 7–12 year olds – bookings not required.

Writers Week events featuring children’s books, authors and illustrators

The Festival of New Zealand is here! As part of the festival there is a whole week dedicated to books, reading, writing, authors and illustrators – it’s Writers Week!

It’s not just for adults though – there’s some cool children’s books, illustrators and writers that feature in the programme for the week. You might be interested in going along yourself, or have adults, friends and family who are keen. Here are some good picks:

Live Drawing with Leo Timmers – Monday 10th March, Cost $45

Practising illustrators keen to propel their work into hyperdrive are invited to a character development workshop with Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers (Who’s Driving?, Bang), who “gives his larger-than-life characters a rotundity that has them virtually rolling off the page” (New Zealand Listener).

 

 

Kei Reira Ngā Weriweri – Sunday 9th March, Cost $18

Engage all your senses with storyteller and teacher Te Kahureremoa Taumata and learn the translation of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are – possibly by heart.

 

 

 

Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvelous – Sunday 8th March, FREE

Some of New Zealand’s best writers read a quirky mix of tales and poems from a new anthology, The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous. Bring the family to hear Joy Cowley, Kyle Mewburn, Jo Randerson, Dave Armstrong, Antonio Te Maioha and Elizabeth Knox share their magical, funny or provocative stories from this unique new collection for children – a collaboration between Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Whitireia Creative Writing.

Weta Digital Presents the Desolation of Smaug – Saturday 8th march, Cost $18

In this enlightening session, Weta Digital insiders will talk about how they created Smaug and other amazing creatures and environments in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Discover how visual effects artists blend art and science to help translate a beloved fantasy novel into a spectacular cinematic experience, and transform the New Zealand landscape into Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.

 

 

Jack Lasenby – Saturday 8th March, Cost $18

“Responsible adults may read my books, provided they sit an exam afterwards” says Jack Lasenby, one of New Zealand’s most popular children’s book authors. His writing is characterised by its honesty, vigorous language and adventurous spirit. Lasenby will join author Kate De Goldi for an entertaining talk about his award-winning books.

 

 

The Curioseum Overnight Adventure – Friday 7th March, Cost $100

Te Papa is offering a small group of 11 to 13-year-olds the chance to spend the whole night in the museum, exploring its collections and listening to stories by writers featured in the new book The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous. These lucky kids can also write their own fabulous stories and create a book to take home. Dinner and breakfast are included, and on Saturday they can go to any exhibition in the museum for free.

 

Ulf Stark – Sunday 9th March, Cost $18

The author of around 30 books for children and young adults, Ulf Stark credits his mother with helping him to become a writer: “That’s how I came into contact with the great adventurers. Babar tramped around our sitting-room, Biggles flew among the cut-glass chandeliers…” Stark has also written film, TV and theatre scripts and won many prizes in Sweden and internationally. He has been nominated twice for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Enjoy this “Astrid Lindgren of our time” of our time in Swedish, together with his translator and publisher in New Zealand Julia Marshall.

 

 

Check out the family events that are happening in the festival. It’s going to be great!

 

Finalists announced for the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards

The LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) children’s book awards finalists have been announced.

Basically these are New Zealand librarians recognising the best books that have been published for children and teens in the last year.

The awards are separated up into 5 categories: best junior fiction (the top book wins the Esther Glen Medal), best illustration (The winner gets the Russell Clark Award), best non-fiction (the winner gets the Elsie Locke Award), best book written in te reo Maori (Te Kura Pounamu Award), and there is also a prize for the top teen book too.

The finalists for each category have just been announced (check them out below). A winner will be chosen from the finalists in each category, which will be announced at a sparkly awards ceremony on August 5th in Wellington.

Hot fact: The Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction is the oldest book award in New Zealand. It was first awarded in 1945 – that’s 68 years ago!

 

LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal

The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A tale of Fontania by Barbara Else

The Drover’s Quest by Susan Brocker

When Empire Calls by Ken Catran

Red Rocks by Rachael King

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate de Goldi

Lightning Strikes: The Slice by Rose Quilter (We don’t have this in the libraries yet. Check back later)

 

LIANZA Illustration Award – Russell Clark Award

The Dragon Hunters by James Russell, illustrated by Link Choi

Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Gavin Bishop

Kiwi: The Real Story by Annemarie Florian, illustrated by Heather Hunt

Blue Gnu by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Daron Parton

Melu byKyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly

A Great Cake by Tina Matthews

 

 

LIANZA Non Fiction Award – Elsie Locke Medal

At the Beach: Explore & Discover the New Zealand Seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler

Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes by Maria Gill

100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere,

 

 

 

 

Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)

Hautipua Rererangi story by Julian Arahanga, illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Ngā Waituhi o Rēhua by Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

Arohanui by Huia Publishers, illustrated Andrew Burdan (Sorry, we don’t have this one in our libraries yet)

Ko Meru by Kyle Mewburn, translated by Ngaere Roberts, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly  (Sorry, we don’t have this one in our libraries yet)

Taea ngā whetū by Dawn McMillan, translated by Ngaere Roberts, illustrated by Keinyo White

 

Author Nick Sharratt visiting Wellington

Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt will be visiting Wellington in December and will be appearing at the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop to meet his fans and sign books.

Fans of Jacqueline Wilson’s books will know his art – he’s the illustrator behind her awesome book covers. He has also written and illustrated many of his own books. Here are just a few:

 

Meet Nick Sharratt at the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop at 11am on December 1st 2012.

 

School Holidays… What are you going to do?

Wellington City Libraries are running free school holiday activities at libraries around town to celebrate New Zealand Book Month.

 

Design a book cover, learn how to illustrate like a pro, make dog collars for Hairy Maclary, have fun with food and more!

 

No bookings required at these fun family events. Go to the website for session times and locations or call 499 4444.