Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Stories Ring the World
International Children’s Book Day, 2 April 2007

In 2007 New Zealand is the host country of International Children’s Book Day, a worldwide annual event marking Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.

Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, as a member of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), is organising a three-day mini-festival from 31 March to 2 April 2007 to celebrate the event. Activities include:

The International Children’s Book Day poster, illustrated by Auckland author/illustrator Zak Waipara and featuring a “Message to the Children of the World” written by Margaret Mahy (order poster at

Publication of an exciting new anthology called Out of The Deep and other stories from New Zealand and the Pacific (Reed Publishing/Storylines)

The opportunity for schools and libraries to display the ICBD poster, share celebration ideas, and enter an ICBD Competition on the Storylines website

The annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Lecture Function in Auckland on Saturday 31 March 2007

Public readings, Sunday 1 April: city libraries around New Zealand are encouraged to invite children and families to listen to people from many cultures presenting their favourite children’s stories – on the theme of Stories Ring the World

International Children’s Book Day, Monday 2 April: schools and smaller libraries throughout New Zealand are encouraged to hold their own celebrations, using suggestions and resources available on the Storylines website

For further information on the ICBD events and the Zak Waipara poster and leaflet contact
or visit

Participate in New Zealand’s first involvement in
International Children’s Book Day, April 2, 2007!


Anonymous said...

I have adored Hans Christian Andersen's stories, since I was a child. I found one book in particular, The Snow Queen, with really beautiful illustrations.

You should check out their website

Unknown said...

The website link you have at the end of this article doesn't work. It should be I think.

Beattie's Book Blog said...

Thanks nzbookgirl. I have corrected the mistake and it now works fine.