Book Award Festival and Honours for Children’s Literature

After a stressful week of work I gladly enjoyed helping libraries celebrate the NZ Post Book Award Festival week which is held IMG_5370every year. The festival had been held all week with different Libraries holding events, such a story telling and reading, authors signing their books, drawing competitions and dress-ups, and a co-worker and myself decided to volunteer at one of the libraries by holding a colouring competition.

BOOKKIDS11Kids (big and small) enjoyed face painting. Yes yours truly also got coerce into having her face painted. But as you can see these kids really enjoyed themselves. There was also making your own bracelets’, pendants, bands etc… table, along with toy shooting range and our colouring competition. I IMG_5372managed to draw some of the pictures while others were photocopied from printouts. Here are some of the efforts displayed. One of the pictures used was from the book I reviewed for PPBF last

IMG_5386Friday, I need a new Bum. See here.

We also made and iced many muffins to feed the hungry mob, as well there was candy floss and popcorn. Everything was free for the day, to help kids enjoy IMG_5359reading and having fun.

This weekend is our Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Every year New Zealand celebrates the English Queen’s Birthday in the first week of June, and every year there is an announcement of the Queen’s Honours. This year it was lovely to see Betty Gilderdale receiving the NZ Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Honours for services to children’s literature. Here is a lovely article on her in our National Paper… http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11265877

It was interesting to read that one of the pictures I used in our colouring competition (The little Yellow Digger) was not only made into a series by Betty, but it has just celebrated 20years in print and over 400,000 copies. I was amazed to learn that Betty never really intended to write a children’s book and even more amazing that none of the books were published until after she had retired. A wonderful story full of colourful pictures of the book and celebration of the 20 years you will find here… http://www.booksellers.co.nz/book-news/little-yellow-digger-celebrates-20-years-print you will also learn that hubby had no intention of illustrating her books in the beginning and now draws diggers all the time.

Here’s hoping you had a lovely weekend in your neck-of-the-woods.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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11 Responses to Book Award Festival and Honours for Children’s Literature

  1. tinamcho says:

    What a fun day you had, Diane! I enjoyed looking at your photos. I’m sure were a great encouragement to the kids!

  2. Hi Tina! Thank you, yes we did have a lot of fun. One day it will be our books they will be reading and colouring pictures of :)

  3. Jealous! Sounds like great fun was had by all! Looks like you got a little face paint kiss on the cheek too!

  4. Wha a fabulous day for the children. And, I’m sure you had a great time too. I think the Queen would have approved of a literacy day on her birthday. What a wonderful idea! Great photos Diane.

  5. It sounds wonderful! :D

  6. cassam101 says:

    Looks like a lovely event and good after a stressful week.

  7. Darlene says:

    Don’t you just love doing things like this.Just what one needs after a tough week at work.

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