A New Zealand special

The New Zealand Book Council wants to inspire New Zealanders to read more. Their flagship program Writers in schools provides free writer visits for over 50 000 children every year.

Recently they released an amazing film promoting their interactive section Where books comes to life. The video has had close to one million viewers on youtube so far:

Also, the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award Finalists for 2011 were announced today. A list which makes a good starting point to learn more about contemporary children’s books from New Zealand. Among the finalists in the picture book section we find The Moon & Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) and David Elliot. The winners will be announced in May.

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