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Sending warm, dry thoughts

Dear Christchurch readers

I saw the photos in the news, and heard about your floods. All I want to say right now is that I hope – so much – that you can all stay as warm and dry as possible. If only we could send you a giant blow-dryer for your city.

Snuggle up when you can, and as best you can, and take care.

Johanna

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Celebrate our best authors and illustrators in New Zealand Book Month

NZBM green logo rgb smNew Zealand Book Month starts today and runs for the whole month of March.  It’s the month where we celebrate all the wonderful authors and illustrators that we have in New Zealand.  Here on the Christchurch Kids Blog there will be lots of cool things happening, including:

  • Fast Five Questions with NZ children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, including David Hill, Sherryl Jordan, Diana Noonan and Donovan Bixley.
  • Guest blog posts from Melinda Szymanik and Barbara Else.
  • Lots of NZ book reviews and promotions.
  • NZ book giveaways.

Make sure you check back in March to help celebrate New Zealand books, authors and illustrators.  You can also check the NZ Book Month page on the library website to see what’s happening in Christchurch throughout the month.

Don’t forget to pick up or download your $5-off voucher that you can put towards any book you buy in March.  For more info see the NZ Book Month website.

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2013 Star Authors on the Christchurch Kids Blog

There are only a couple of weeks until our 2013 Star Authors join us on the blog.  We’ve got a great line up of New Zealand and Australian authors joining us this year and I’m sure you’ll make them feel welcome by asking lots of questions.  Here are our Star Authors for 2013:

Which Star Authors are you looking forward to virtually meeting?

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2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Winners

The 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced last week.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Picture Book WinnerRāhui (Te reo Māori edition)  by Chris Szekely; nā Malcolm Ross ngā pikitia; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori and Rāhui (English edition) Chris Szekely; illustrated by Malcolm Ross

Non-fiction WinnerNice day for a war: adventures of a Kiwi soldier in World War I by Matt Elliott; illustrated by Chris Slane

Junior FictionSuper Finn by Leonie Agnew

Young AdultCalling the gods  by Jack Lasenby

Book of the Year – Nice day for a war Matt Elliot; illustrated by Chris Sloane (Non Fiction category winner)

Children’s Choice – The cat’s pyjamas by Catherine Foreman

Best First Book – Super Finn by Leonie Agnew

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Who’s your favourite New Zealand author? Tell us and win!

To celebrate New Zealand Book Month we want to find Christchurch’s favourite New Zealand children’s author.  We have so many great authors, from Margaret Mahy and Joy Cowley to Brian Falkner and Des Hunt.  We want you to vote for your favourite.

All you have to do is enter your details in the form below with the name of your favourite author.  At the end of the month we’ll add all the votes together and name your favourite.  One lucky voter will also win a prize pack of New Zealand books.

Get voting and tell us who is your favourite New Zealand author.  We’ll announce your favourite author on Monday 26 March, 2012.

Christchurch kids’ favourite New Zealand author is: MARGARET MAHY

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New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Finalists

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Join us for New Zealand Book Month

March is the month that we celebrate New Zealand books, authors and illustrators.  It’s New Zealand Book Month  – and we’ll have some special events and competitions to celebrate our fantastic authors and illustrators.  Stay tuned for:

  • Vote for your favourite New Zealand children’s author – everyone that votes goes in the draw to win a New Zealand book pack.
  • New Zealand children’s authors and illustrators answer our Fast Five questions.  Find out how books have changed the lives of our best authors.

There are also lots of other cool events happening in our libraries.  Find out more about our events on the library website.

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My Story: Below the Mountains by Jean Bennett.

Below the Mountains is about fourteen-year-old Amy McDonald, who lives in Lumsden with her mother and her seven-year-old brother, Bruce. Amy’s father is a mechanic in the Milford Road Camps, and she knows that her mother wants to join him there.
One day the McDonalds get a letter from Milford Sound, saying that they have permission to join their father in the camp. They drive to Cascade Creek camp, leaving their home and friends behind. When they arrive Amy immediately realises how dangerous the camp is. It’s freezing cold, and a very fast river rushes past the camp.
They soon move again, setting up camp near Falls Creek. “The camp looks like a scene from a war film,” Amy writes in her diary, a gift from her best friend Mary, now far far away back at Lumsden. “There’s tents and gear spread all along the strip of bush edging the noisy river. Cascade Creek was a holiday camp compared to Falls Creek.” Wind tears through their tents day and night, ash coating everything. Falls Creek is a living hell, and those living there endure fires, snow, wind, rain, avalanches, and earthquakes. Although these harsh conditions threaten to tear families apart, friends are made, and Amy gets a baby sister. But who will survive the horrors of the camp, and who will die trying? Will Amy, despite the odds, ever fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher? You’ll have to read this gripping book yourself to find out.
Below the Mountains is one of my favourite My Storys, because there’s not a single dull or dry moment. Kids who enjoy action-packed books will love it. My favourite character is Tom, because he’s always cheerful, and tries to see the bright side of things. Below the Mountains is set in the Great Depression, and I learnt so much about how desperate a time it really was. I give this book a 10 out of 10, and I think that children aged from 9 to 14 will love it.

By Tierney, 12.

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Winners of the 2011 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards

The winners of the 2011 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards were announced last night in Wellington.  The LIANZA awards are given by librarians for outstanding children’s literature in the categories of junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non-fiction and te reo Maori.  Here are the winners in each category:

Congratulations to all of the winners!  We love your fantastic books.

Have you read any of the winners?  These are some of the best books in New Zealand and you can borrow them all from your library.

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Tena Koe again from Sandy Nelson

HI AGAIN CHRISTCHURCH AND OTHER KIDS:  I do so hope Shaky Town is having a quiet week.

Today I have been thinking about what started me writing. That’s because some of you might be thinking about being writers. I know a girl who lives near Shaky-Town in a little town called Rolleston who loves writing and is thinking about keeping on writing when she grows up. Her name is Fable. I think Fable is a great name for someone who loves reading and writing. If you don’t know what I mean, then you need to find out what a fable is.  If you find out the meaning of fable, please blog it for everyone else – Thanks heaps.

In my next post, I’ll tell you how I ended up writing a book about a boy and a warship. It was a bit of a surprise to me and to people who know me, because I didn’t know much about warships and I love the sea but I love mountains much more.

FOR NOW, I AM GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF MY MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS – This book was my very favourite book for many years, from when I was about 8 or 9 years old and a teacher named Mrs Scott read it to my class when I was a skinny girl with long blonde hair at Pleasant Point Primary School.

This book got me interested in history, an interest I have kept for my whole life, an interest that helped lead me into teaching and writing. Books are powerful!

The Silver Sword – by Ian Serraillier

ISBN 0-14-030146-1

The Silver Sword is about four children in Poland in World War Two. Three of the children belong to one family. The fourth child, an orphan boy named Jan, becomes their friend. The story is about what happens to Jan and his treasures (including a chicken and a silver sword) and to the family. It is an adventure story and a war story and a story about love and bravery. It’s a great book. You should read it but I’ll give you a warning.

HERE’S THE WARNING: The first chapter is not about the children. It’s about the Dad having a scary time. I remember that when Mrs Scott was reading to us I didn’t like the start of the book all that much, but I grew to really, really love it.

The Silver Sword has been published lots of times. Here are two of the covers it has had.  I’m sure you’ll find this book in your library. Remember to ask for help if you can’t find a book you want. Librarians love helping keen readers.

Ka kite ano   From Sandy Nelson

Writer of THE GHOSTS OF IRON BOTTOM SOUND

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Join the fun at the 2011 Storylines Free Family Day

The Storylines Free Family Days are held every year throughout New Zealand to celebrate the amazing, extremely talented authors and illustrators that we have in our country.  This year the Christchurch Free Family Day is being held at Cobham Intermediate School, 294 Ilam Road, Burnside on Sunday 21 August, from 10am-3pm.   It’s a chance for you to meet some fantastic New Zealand authors and illustrators, including:

And some very special guests…

You could get your favourite author’s autograph, listen to them talk about their books and read some of them, or enter the Storylines competition.  It’s totally FREE, so come along with your family and join the fun.  Go to the Storylines website to view the programme or grab one from your library.

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2011 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards

We’ve had the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and now it’s time for the 2011  LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.  The LIANZA awards are given by librarians for outstanding children’s literature in the categories of junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non-fiction and te reo Maori.   Here are the finalists in the Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustration category:

Junior Fiction – Esther Glen Award

Illustration – Russell Clark Award

Non-fiction – Elsie Locke Award

Which ones would you choose as the winners?  Find out more about the awards and the other finalists on the LIANZA website.

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My favourite NZ books – Adele Broadbent

NZ Kid’s Books Rock!

There are sooo many fantastic NZ Authors and books it’s impossible to choose only one, or two or even five!  But, since I can’t fill up the entire blog, I’ll pick a few of my favourites – ‘The Fat Man’ by Maurice Gee. This story is a thriller for kids. It’s intriguing, action packed and you can’t put it down.  Vince Ford’s ‘2Much4U’ is my favourite funny story – true LOL stuff. Ken Catran’s ‘Talking to Blue’ series is creepy freaky for older kids and VM Jones’ ‘Karazan Quartet’ would give Harry Potter a run for his money.

But no matter what you read – enjoy!

Adele Broadbent

Read some books written by Adele Broadbent
Read about Adele Broadbent on the blog

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Let the fun begin – New Zealand Book Month 2011

March is the month that we celebrate New Zealand books, authors and illustrators.  It’s New Zealand Book Month  – and we have some special events and competitions to celebrate our fantastic authors and illustrators.

Here in Christchurch, we are not letting Mother Nature ruin our fun.  Several events that we had planned for New Zealand Book Month are still going ahead and some of our fantastic New Zealand authors are blogging about their favourite New Zealand children’s books.

So tell us what your favourite New Zealand books are.  Just click on Add a comment at the bottom of this post and tell us what you think.  Any Christchurch kids (aged 8-12 years) who comment on the blog during March will go in the draw to win a selection of great New Zealand books.  Make sure you tell us your name and email address so that we can contact you if you win.

This competition has now closed but we’d still like to hear about your favourite NZ books.

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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2011

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Interviews with NZ authors and illustrators

One of the really interesting pages that we have on the Kids website are our interviews with New Zealand authors and illustrators.  You can read interviews with Brian Falkner, Bill Nagelkerke, Fleur Beale, Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley and many more.  You’ll find answers to questions like:

  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
  • What’s the best thing and the worst thing about being a writer?
  • If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

We’ve just added to new interviews with Leonie Thorpe and Julie Folkers so come and check them out on the Interviews with NZ Children’s Authors page.  You can even read some short stories written by some of these authors too.

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Meet great NZ authors at the Storylines Free Family Day

StorylinesIf you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why don’t you come along to the Storylines Free Family Day at the Christchurch Town Hall from 10am-3pm.  It’s a chance for you to meet some fantastic New Zealand authors and illustrators, including:

You could get your favourite author’s autograph, listen to them talk about their books and read some of them, make a cool mask or bookmark, or learn about the world around you in the Factopia Zone.

Who’s your favourite New Zealand author?  What question would you ask them if you got the chance to meet them?

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Interview with Raymond Huber

PhotoOur interview with New Zealand author, Raymond Huber, has just been added to the Interviews with NZ Children’s Authors pages on the library website.  Raymond’s book, a cool story about bees called Sting, was a finalist in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards this year.  Check out Raymond Huber’s answers to these questions and more:

  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
  • Why did you want to be a writer?
  • What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?

Have a look at the Interviews with NZ Children’s Authors pages on the library website to find out more about your favourite New Zealand authors.  You’ll find interviews with Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Lynley Dodd, Jack Lasenby and Gavin Bishop, plus lots more.

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Come along to the Storylines Free Family Day

Storylines logoOn Sunday 15 August from 10am-3pm some of New Zealand’s best children’s authors and illustrators will be heading to the Christchurch Town Hall for the Storylines Free Family Day.  The whole day is FREE and it’s a chance for you to come and meet some of your favourite authors and illustrators, including Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, and the creators of the Wonky Donkey book, Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

As well as meeting all these cool people and maybe even getting your books signed, there are heaps of fun things for you to do, including face painting, creating your own bookmark or mask, and learning about the world around you in the Factopia zone.  Come dressed as your favourite book character and you might even score a spot prize.

To find out more about what’s happening on the day you can grab a programme from your local library or visit the Storylines website.

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