WOW! That certainly made my day! Paper Plus have lots of other great Christmas shopping recommendations on their social media accounts.
Super exciting news here at Fairies HQ! This week 'The Fairies' Night Before Christmas' is number 1 on the New Zealand bestseller's chart! Hooray!
32-page full colour guide featuring over 100 of the best children’s books chosen and reviewed by booksellers. Read the guide here.
Produced by the Australian Booksellers Association, Kids’ Reading Guide has been the leading children’s book catalogue for over 20 years. The guide covers the best books for young readers of all ages, from Baby & Toddler through to YA.
This year the welcome is from Ursula Dubosarsky, author of many outstanding books, both for children and young adults, and also the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-2021.
Hachette Aotearoa NZ, Smith & Caughey, Sarah Greig and I are all thrilled to share with you that 'The Fairies' Night Before Christmas' has been brought to life with amazing animated puppets for the Smith & Caughey christmas window display for 2021.
Seven Sharp interviewed us for the fairies' television debut. You can view the clip here.
Children and their families can visit the windows while observing safe social distancing practices and from next week Auckland shops may open under level 3, step 2. And who knows, they might switch to the traffic light system any day now as they close in on the target of 90% double vaccinated rate.
There were so many people involved in bringing this festive project to fruition and I know I can speak for us all when I say we whole-heartedly hope this brings some festive seasonal cheer to the hearts of Auckland's children, and to the young at heart.
There was a big rush on the books after the show aired, selling out in some places but more stock is winging its way across the Tasman and should be back in shops next week. There are still copies available online at Smith & Caughey.
Here's a wee sneaky peek at what's coming tomorrow! Can't wait to show you more detail. Can you guess where the picture was taken?
Click here to download the printable pdf for your treasure hunt checklist.
Whether you're out for a tramp, or walking around your neighbourhood, keep an eye out for some of the items our family find in A Stick and A Stone.
Show Hachette what you've found!
We'd love to see all the treasures you picked up while walking. Tag @HachetteNZ on social media or email us at email@example.com.
Hilary Jean Tapper and I were so excited to be asked to run a fun session for Christchurch's famous Word Festival. Our session was part of The Great Story Hunt to be held at Turanga Library (possibly the world's best library!?) Unfortunately Covid19 and lockdown postponed the event and now with our continuation at level 2 in the South Island unfortunately our session can no longer be held. Several other events for adults can go ahead though so check out the program if you're in town.https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/
As part of the Bookshop Day 2021 celebrations illustrator Hilary Jean Tapper decorated the windows of the newly opened specialty children and young person's bookshop 'Telling Tales'.
Smells have always been evocative to me, and smells based in nature are always the most appealing and memorable. The smell of rain on hot concrete, freshly cut grass and a warm tomato straight from the vine on my grandfather’s garden are all smells that have followed me into adulthood with the power to allow me to instantly travel through time and revisit people and places long gone.
Last weekend I visited Scorpio Book’s new children and young person’s specialty bookstore, ‘Telling Tales’. Of course its visually appealing, the layout is roomy, lots of space to wander along the shelves, each book obviously handpicked and perfect. But the smell…oh the smell. Notes of wood, paper, ink and possibility, hope and adventure. Each volume a tiny world waiting to find its reader.
This visit was even more special for me because at the moment I have two titles of my own in stores. I can say wholeheartedly that that experience is all you think it might be. It feels a little bit like leaving your child with someone else for the first time. You’re giddy with the freedom and excitement of walking away, but you also want to stay and explain every detail and expectation. Did you do enough, is it ready, will it be loved?
Like a lot of businesses bookshops need our support more than ever now. So this Saturday (and every other day!) I encourage you to make a special visit, either in person or online and maybe even start your holiday season shopping, or treat yourself.
'A reader lives lives a thousand lives before he dies' George R R Martin
Sarina Dickson is a writer, artist and educator based in Christchurch, New Zealand.