NZCYA BOOKS ALIVE EVENTS

BooksAlive

This year an innovative approach to the Books Alive events, associated with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, has been created by LIANZA in response to challenges caused by the pandemic.

Books Alive finalist events and virtual storytimes are being offered online for the first time. We are celebrating and promoting the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalist books, authors and illustrators and publishers to new audiences around the country.

LIANZA has worked with school and public libraries and 2020 finalists to create a series of online events for children, students, parents, caregivers and whanau to enjoy. We hope you take time to view and share a Books Alive event or virtual storytime.

Check out the date that the Books Alive 2020 events go live online.

NZCYA BOOKS ALIVE CALENDAR

Monday August 3

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Books Alive – Matthew Cunningham and Giselle Clarkson
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Join librarians and students from Campbells Bay School, Auckland and Manchester Street School, Feilding as they talk to Matthew Cunningham, finalist author of Abigail and the Birth of the Sun and Giselle Clarkson, finalist illustrator of Joy Cowely’s The Gobbledegook Book

  • Abigail and the Birth of the Sun
  • By Matthew Cunningham, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins
  • Published by Puffin, Penguin Random House
  • Finalist for Picture Book Award
  • The Gobbledegook Book
  • By Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
  • Published by Gecko Press
  • Finalist for Picture Book Award
07

Books Alive – Weng Wai Chan
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Students from Strath Taieri School in Middlemarch get to talk with Weng Wai Chan about her book Lizard’s Tale with the support of their principal and a host librarian from Dunedin Public Library.

  • Lizard's Tale
  • By Weng Wai Chan
  • Published by Text Publishing
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Award for Junior Fiction, Finalist for Best First Book Award
08

Books Alive – Sally Sutton
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Sally Sutton discusses her sixth Miniwings book. Moonlight the Unicorn's High Tea Hiccup with the librarian from Halswell School Library who asks the questions students are dying to know about the series from one of their favourite authors.

  • Moonlight the Unicorn's High Tea Hiccup
  • By Sally Sutton, illustrated by Kirsten Richards
  • Published by Scholastic New Zealand
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Award for Junior Fiction

Tuesday August 4

14

Books Alive – Tina Shaw
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Taupo resident Tina Shaw discusses her finalist book, Ursa with librarians from her very own Taupo District Library. Find out about her writing process, how she got published and what it’s like to be a finalist.

  • Ursa
  • By Tina Shaw
  • Published by Walker Books Australia
  • Finalist for Young Adult Fiction Award
13

Books Alive – Mark Sweet
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The finalist author of The History Speech talks to students from Riccarton High School about the story behind his book and answers some probing questions about writing, being an author and what it feels like to be a finalist in 2020.

  • The History Speech
  • By Mark Sweet
  • Published by Huia Publishers
  • Finalist for Young Adult Fiction Award
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Books Alive – Courtney Sina Meredith
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Courtney Sina Meredith talks with students and librarians at Hamilton City Libraries and Marton Public Library about her writing career and her finalist book: The Adventures of Tupaia. Learn more about this Polynesian navigator and his connections to New Zealand

  • The Adventures of Tupaia
  • By Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait
  • Published by Allen & Unwin with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Finalist for Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction, Finalist for Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Wednesday August 5

09

Books Alive – Stacy Gregg
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Children who love ponies and horses will love to hear Stacy Gregg talk about her finalist book, Prince of Ponies, with the librarian and a small group of keen readers and fans from Kāpiti District Libraries.

  • Prince of Ponies
  • By Stacy Gregg
  • Published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Award for Junior Fiction
24

Books Alive – Kat Quin
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Join Dargaville Library’s "special report" current affairs show with a TV anchor and a reporter in the field talking about Ko Flit, Te Tīrairaka me Ngā Hēki Muna Flit the Fantail and the Mystery Eggs. The studio panel discuss the book and interview finalist author, Kat Quinn, who zooms in from somewhere on the globe.

  • Ko Flit, te Tīrairaka, me ngā Hēki Muna
  • Written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Ngaere Roberts
  • Published by Scholastic New Zealand
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for te reo Māori
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Books Alive – Gavin Bishop and Kimberly Andrews
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Librarians from Hutt City Libraries and Christchurch City Libraries talk to Gavin Bishop about his book Wildlife of Aotearoa and Kimberly Andrews about illustrating Joy Cowley’s book Song of the River. What are the joys and challenges of being an illustrator today?

  • Wildlife of Aotearoa
  • Written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop
  • Published by Puffin, Penguin Random House
  • Finalist for Russell Clark Award for Illustration
  • Song of the River
  • By Joy Cowley, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews
  • Published by Gecko Press
  • Finalist for Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Thursday August 6

28

Books Alive – Belinda O'Keefe
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Belinda O'Keefe talks about her book The Day the Plants Fought Back and answers questions from curious students at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

  • The Day the Plants Fought Back
  • By Belinda O'Keefe, illustrated by Richard Hoit
  • Published by Scholastic New Zealand
  • Finalist for Best First Book Award
06

Books Alive – Michael Petherick
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Michael Petherick's multimedia mash-up comes to life in this Books Alive special event. Librarians from Waipa District Library showcase their acting talents combined with the voices of local Cambridge celebrities in a handful of sketches from the book. Starring world champion cyclist Sarah Ulmer as the voice of the Newtoun School Senior Syndicate Leader; former All Black and Chiefs assistant coach Tabai Matson as the voice of Constable Rutene; Rishi's rap performed by The Breeze Radio Host Camille Guzzwell; and author Michael Petherick in a cameo role as the voice of Steve Vibrant, Art Teacher. All followed by a brief interview with Michael.

  • #Tumeke!
  • By Michael Petherick
  • Published by Annual Ink, Massey University Press
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Award for Junior Fiction, Finalist for Best First Book Award

Friday August 7

10

Books Alive – Melinda Szymanik
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Students at Puke Ariki and Community Libraries, New Plymouth and Christchurch City Libraries Tūranga talk with author Melinda Szymanik about her book Time Machine and other stories

  • Time Machine and other stories
  • By Melinda Szymanik
  • Published by Ahoy! The Cuba Press
  • Finalist for Wright Family Foundation Award for Junior Fiction
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Books Alive – Toby Morris and Janet Hunt
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Toby Morris is an illustrator and Janet Hunt is an author. In this Books Alive event they are challenged by Nelson Public Libraries to speed write or draw a scene from each other’s work. They also talk about what it is like being an author or an illustrator!

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
  • By Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, Translated by Piripi Walker
  • Published by Lift Education
  • Finalist for Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
  • Three Kiwi Tales
  • By Janet Hunt
  • Published by Massey University Press
  • Finalist for Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
16

Books Alive – Selina Tusitala Marsh
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Selina Tusitala Marsh, finalist author of Mophead talks with librarians and children from Nelson Public Library and Tararua District Libraries about her book, her life and how a Poet-Laureate became a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Oh, and how she did the illustrations!

  • Mophead
  • By Selina Tusitala Marsh
  • Published by Auckland University Press
  • Finalist for Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Monday August 10

17

Books Alive – Ross Calman
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Ross Calman discusses his book Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi and answers some questions from two host librarians from Christchurch City Libraries, Tūranga

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
  • By Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, Translated by Piripi Walker
  • Published by Lift Education
  • Finalist for Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
02

Books Alive – Donovan Bixley
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Donovan Bixley entertains a group of students from Blockhouse Bay Intermediate in Auckland with his tale of How Māui Slowed the Sun. Donovan does a reading and answers questions about his book, his career, his inspiration and his hat!

  • How Māui Slowed the Sun
  • Written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley, advised and translated by Darryn Joseph and Keri Opai
  • Published by Upstart Press
  • Finalist for Picture Book Award
03

Books Alive – Ruth Paul
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Ruth discusses the illustration process and the story behind Mini Whinny and offers some fantastic hands-on illustration activities that students explore at Wellington City Library and Tauranga Public Library.

  • Mini Whinny: Goody Four Shoes
  • By Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul
  • Published by Scholastic New Zealand
  • Finalist for Picture Book Award

Image(s) via New Zealand Book Awards Trust