Books and reading change lives. Writers shape our culture. We spread the word.
Our mission is to champion the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.
We are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading because we know the difference this makes to young lives. OECD research shows reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success.
Our Writers in Schools programme takes Kiwi writers to 400 schools in New Zealand, and touches the lives of over 40,000 school kids. We reach out to children in rural and low-decile areas, creating unique opportunities for them to meet Kiwi authors and illustrators, often for the first time.
Throughout the school year we also tour a variety of writers and illustrators away from their home region, so that schools can benefit from hosting someone they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Our Speed Date an Author events create the opportunity for aspiring young writers to receive tuition from some of New Zealand’s best poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators.
In the clip below, our Chair Peter Biggs explains why the work we do is so important, and shares some moments from one of our Speed Date an Author events in Dunedin, UNESCO City of Literature.
Want to help us change kids’ lives? Join us and support the work we do here.
BOOKS SHAPE THE WORLD
Books have always shaped the people who shape our world.
Armed with this insight, Colenso BBDO and the New Zealand Book Council joined forces to create a print and poster campaign that reminds people of the power of the written word with the goal of changing how digital natives view great pieces of literature in an online world.
Each of the three executions features the familiar library card and bares the signature of important and culturally significant individuals who’ve been influenced by that particular book.
“Our mission is to champion readers, writers, and books in New Zealand – and this campaign is going to help. We’re incredibly excited about this idea and as this is only the beginning of what we see its full potential to be,” said Catriona Ferguson, CEO of the New Zealand Book Council.
“Everyone that worked on this campaign is passionate about reading, and are thrilled to think some of that might rub off on people who aren’t” said Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman of Colenso BBDO.
In June 2015, Cannes Lions, the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry, recognised and awarded this year’s most exciting creative ideas across 16 categories, covering everything from traditional print and film communications to technology and product design.
Advertising agency Colenso BBDO in partnership with The New Zealand Book Council scooped three silver lions in the Outdoor category for their Book Shape the World campaign.
Want to help spread the word? You can download the posters here.
Book Council News
Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Maori with storytelling and live performance
On Wednesday 29 July, City Gallery Wellington will be joined by a stellar line-up of musicians, writers, speakers, artists and actors for Toi te Reo. The evening event, celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Maori/ Maori Language Week, will include Tangata Korero mo Te Reo (True Stories Told Live) and a special performance by Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) and Tola Newbury (from the film, Pa Boys).
The theme for this year’s Maori Language Week is nga matua/parents— how parents foster and nurture the language at home. This is explored through Nga Tangata Korero mo Te Reo. True Stories Told Live is the New Zealand Book Council’s version of The Moth. Storytellers have between eight and ten minutes each to speak on the theme. No notes. No readings. No questions. Just true stories that promise to inspire, entrance, and entertain.
Toi te Reo’s storytellers include: Shannon Te Ao, whose work, two shoots that stretch far out, is currently on show at City Gallery; Te Kahureremoa Taumata, singer, songwriter and storyteller; Apirana Taylor, writer; Paora Tibble, writer and te Reo Maori translator; Suzanne Tamaki, fabric artist; Reuben Friend, curator; and the National Library’s Ati Teepa.
Following the storytelling, musician Mara TK and performance artist and actor, Tola Newbery (Pa Boys) present a new work, The Collective Prophet. This collaborative performance project incorporates movement, beats, and songs in both te Reo Maori and English.
All exhibitions will be open late for this family-friendly event along with supper treats from Zibibbo and cash bar.
5-10pm: Supper treats from Zibibbo and cash bar
6.30pm: Nga Tangata Korero mo Te Reo in the auditorium
8pm: The Collective Prophet performance– Mara TK with Tola Newbery.
Presented in partnership with Wellington City Council and the New Zealand Book Council.
For more information, please contact publicist, Olivia Lacey – Olivia.email@example.com | 04 801 4258
The New Zealand Book Council, the country’s leading charity connecting NZ writers with kiwi kids, is touring acclaimed children’s poet Paula Green around six rural Northland schools from 20th–24th July. This includes three low decile schools: Onerahi School, Manaia View School, and Ohaeawai School.
Each school will receive a specially tailored poetry experience with Paula. She will inspire students to write their own poetry by brainstorming poems with them, building confidence in their writing, and helping them to find their unique voice.
The rapport she builds with the students during the physical visit will be followed up by three Skype sessions per school, which will help the students develop their work.
The New Zealand Book Council will also support Paula to inspire Northland school librarians at two School Libraries Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) meetings in Whangarei and Keri Keri during the week.
This is a unique opportunity for schools to enjoy meeting and working with one of our top poets.
The New Zealand Book Council thanks UNESCO for supporting Paula Green’s tour.
For more information please contact Lynette Hartgill, Programmes Manager at the New Zealand Book Council 04 801 5546 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Zealand Book Council is proud to support KidsFest 2015 by sponsoring four creative workshops for children aged 8–13, which will be delivered by WORD Christchurch this July.
The Book Council’s mission is to champion the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.
“We are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading because we know the difference this makes to young lives. OECD research shows reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success.” – Catriona Ferguson, Chief Executive.
Kidsfest is an annual festival of events designed especially for children. It first started in 1992 to entertain and stimulate children during the winter school holidays.
Originally held in Christchurch, it now reaches out to much of central Canterbury with events also held in Banks Peninsula, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts.
Sponsored by the Book Council, WORD Christchurch will run four creative workshops for kids aged 8-13 during KidsFest this July:
- The Magic of Words: a fun poetry workshop with Doc Drumheller from the Christchurch School for Young Writers.
- Choose Your Own Adventure: a story-writing workshop with children’s author (Red Rocks) and WORD Christchurch Literary Director Rachael King.
- Creating Comics: Who’s the Star? A comic-making workshop with author and cartoonist Sarah Laing focusing on inventing characters.
- Creating Comics: Your Wonderful World: a comic-making workshop with author and cartoonist Sarah Laing focusing on world-building and setting.
For further information and interview enquiries please contact:
Marianne Hargreaves email@example.com
Catriona Ferguson firstname.lastname@example.org
NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 Winners
The winners of the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced at a ceremony at Wellington’s Government House on 13 August. The Awards promote excellence and provide recognition for the best written and illustrated books for children and young adults published by NZ authors each year.
Talking Books Podcast: SECOND NOVELS
Is a second novel a troublesome undertaking? Our Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson discusses this question with Courtney Sina Meredith, Robert Glancy, Anna Smaill, and Mark Broach. They also review two 2015 second novels – The Antipodeans by Greg McGee and In the Neighbourhood of Fame by Bridget van der Zijpp.
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