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Eirlys Hunter on RNZ

Eirlys Hunter is on RNZ talking about some of her favourite media.

In praise of not-sameness: cabbage and cake

Diversity is much talked about in terms of race, gender and so on, but there is another level that is also important: in the current English-language book market, there is much that is the same. Sameness can make us all feel safe, but in our reading business, safeness is the end.

For me, risk-taking and adventure are the heart of good publishing, good book buying (and selling) and good reading; these things all belong together.

A Dinner Fit for Captain Cook: MBAS Tuia Encounters Dinner

Note: There are still tickets! Mercury Bay Area School and Gecko Press invite you to a themed dinner in celebration of the Tuia 250 events commemorating Captain Cook’s visit to Mercury Bay. Food, nutrition and hospitality teacher at Mercury Bay Area School, Joanna Mannington, is organising the event at the Flaxmill Bay campground during September… Read more »

Sat 14 Sept: Featherston Goes Gobbledegook—A Joy Cowley event

Featherston Booktown and Gecko Press are celebrating the joyous new anthology of much-loved poems and stories by Joy Cowley, The Gobbledegook Book, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson. Don’t miss this chance to hear Joy recite gobbledegook poems and stories. There will be books for sale with Mr Feathers Den, Joy and Giselle will be signing and a scrumptious… Read more »

“I like to exploit and stretch an idea until it reaches breaking point”, Leo Timmers

Leo Timmers’ new book, Monkey on the Run, has all the characteristics of his picture books. As an illustrator, Leo asks the reader to look—then look again, and again. He uses collisions, movement, problem-solving, colour and humour in his plot. Here he talks about how Monkey on the Run developed as a story, even demanding new technique.

June competition winner: Read-alouds

The Longest Breakfast Jenny Bornholdt Sarah Wilkins

Thanks for all of your responses to our June read-alouds competition. We’ve built a whole new list of picture books to read aloud.

Classroom read-alouds for all ages

A book read aloud in the classroom can stay with a child for a lifetime. I can still conjure the beautiful Scottish voice of one brilliant reader-alouder from my primary school, forty years later. My children frequently recommend books their teachers have read them—and hunt them down for re-reading. They both went to Te Kura… Read more »

A Reader draws Simon

Belynda’s grandson Charlie (3) adores Simon: Yesterday he sat at the table for ages and then showed me his drawing of Simon. We were all rather surprised as it is the first recognizable thing he has ever drawn!  The power of reading.  Thank you Charlie and Belynda for drawing, sharing and letting us share. Simon couldn’t… Read more »