Last week I headed up to Auckland for the launch of the new Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand imprint - Moa Press. The timing was perfect to go and visit the Chaos Before Christmas windows at Smith & Caughey. My amazing publisher at Hachette, Alison Shucksmith, was the perfect tour guide along Queen Street and the windows certainly did not disappoint. The puppeteers have done an incredible job bring Lily Emo's beautiful illustrations to life, in all their glorious colour and detail.
You can read the latest review of The Chaos Before Christmas on The Sapling here.
It was such a thrill to head up to Auckland (alone!!) last week to attend the launch party of the new Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand imprint for YA and adult fiction and non-fiction, 'Moa Press'. This auspicious occasion required a new name for the children's imprint, previously known as 'Moa' to 'Little Moa'. Moa Press is currently open for submissions so if you have something polished send it in! Details on the Hachette website.
Iconic Auckland department store Smith & Caugheys have revealed their 2022 Christmas windows featuring 'The Chaos Before Christmas'. Check out this clip to see behind the scenes.
It's publication day to us, the team behind The Fairies’ Night Before Christmas Activity Book & Ngā Ponimatarau me te Pō I Mua I te Kirihimete He Puka Ngohe – Sarina Dickson, Sarah Greig and Donovan Te Ahunui Farnham.Keep the kids’ busy with loads of mazes, dot-to-dots, games and activities to complete and colour in!
Whitcoulls' Top 50 Kid's Books Includes 'A Stick and a Stone' - Written by Sarina Dickson, Illustrated by Hilary Jean Tapper
Publication Day! 'The Chaos Before Christmas' - Written by Sarina Dickson and Illustrated by Lily Emo
Elroy's story is dedicated to anyone for whom school was a bit tricky and all of those that march to the beat of their own drum, and to the people who love them. Available now at all good bookshops.
So excited to share the cover of my latest picture book - 'The Chaos Before Christmas'. Award-winning illustrator (her last book was Margaret Mahy's The Boy Who Made Things Up!) has done an amazing job of bringing Elroy McChristmas' story and world to life.
'Tis the run up to Christmas
and there is so much to do!
At Elf School we are learning
how we can help too.
Elroy McChristmas and his friends are about to sit their final test before Santa decides the best job for each elf. But when it's time to show off their skills, the classroom erupts into chaos! Can Elroy and his classmates restore calm before Santa arrives?
You can pre-order it here or buy it in all good bookshops from 27.09.22.
Hilary Jean Tapper and I, along with Hachette's Product and Publishing Manager Alison Shucksmith had a wonderful morning at the WORD festival's Great Story Hunt event at Tūranga library this morning. Lots of book chat, lots of happy kids and and cheeky kea!
Hilary and I a are both so grateful to the amazing on-going support from our published, Hachette Aoteotaroa, NZ. The WORD volunteers and the library staff took such good care of us and made the event a breeze.
It was such a honour and a pleasure to be the editor of the School for Young Writers' magazine. Issue 58's theme was 'Food for Thought' and the submissions certainly delivered. It was a tough gig deciding on the final cut of approximately 50 outstanding pieces out of the hundreds sent in for consideration.
Issue 58 was a snapshot of what is currently on our young writer’s minds. They’re thinking a lot about connection, change, relationships, their own place in the world and food!
Writing is a wonderful vehicle for self-discovery, and for understanding others. By knowing the stories of those around us we can more easily bridge the gaps between us. Our young writers are learning the power of writing in expressing their own ideas and emotions, in ways that can be understood by others.
Submissions are now open for Issue 59 - 'It's Only Natural'. For more info visit
Sarina Dickson is a writer, artist and educator based in Christchurch, New Zealand.