30 May 2013
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Cupcake parties, school quizzes, whānau storytelling times, a Parihaka peace celebration and a live Tuatara visiting a library are all part of this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards festival.
Libraries, bookstores, schools and communities around the country are gearing up for a week of colour and fun as the festival celebrates the fantastic books named as finalists in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
The colourful festival promotes the importance of books and reading, and provides inspiration for New Zealand’s future writers and illustrators.
The festival’s national coordinator, Mary McCallum says the festival will see authors and illustrators popping up all over the country.
“Our festival coordinators have taken the stories at the heart of the books and made them come alive for children and families. It’s very exciting.”
To cap off the amazing array of initiatives, two roadshows will ferry bunches of librarians and piles of books to schools and preschools around Canterbury and Marlborough reaching over 3,000 children.
The festival runs from 17 June until the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony in Christchurch on Monday 24 June.
Some festival highlights:
For more information on the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards festival visit: