400,000 New Zealanders did not read a book last year. 40% of us operate below the level of literacy needed for day to day life.

We want more New Zealanders to read more. New Zealand’s literacy rates directly impact on our future prosperity and well-being. We want to grow a nation of readers.

The Book Council helps grow the next generation of readers by delivering programmes in schools to encourage students, especially the most disadvantaged students, to read and write.

We run campaigns to encourage New Zealanders to read, research our reading habits and barriers to reading, and advocate for the importance of reading.

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Smither, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Smither is a poet, novelist and short story writer. Her numerous collections of poetry have been published alongside several novels and short story collections. Her poetic style is considered idiosyncratic while it moves

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