Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.
The Margaret Mahy Medal has been given since 1991 for an outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in the field of New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.
“Des Hunt’s greatest contribution is his ability to ‘ hook’ young people into reading through his riveting stories situated in familiar contexts, with characters similar to their friends and families. His school presentations make children feel that books are pivotal to their lives,” says Storylines Chair, Dr Libby Limbrick.
Des Hunt is the author of more than 20 acclaimed children’s and young adult novels, most set in New Zealand with strong environment and science themes.
In her Carnegie acceptance speech, Sally Gardner speaks about her own experience of school and then turns her attention to current education policy. “STOP testing our children into failure.”
The link contains a full audiofile of the Medal announcement followed by acceptance speech.
The Winning Logo for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Festival of Children’s Literature
Many congratulations to Giada Giusti who submitted this striking and winning design to our competition to design a logo for our November Festival of Children’s Literature.
We had 52 entries to the competition, and the National Executive met last Saturday to draw up a shortlist of 5 from which they selected the winner.
Of Giusti’s logo Julia Miller, Chair of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, said, “The Federation was delighted to have so many high quality entries into the logo competition for our exciting Festival of Children’s Literature event to be held at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturday 9th November. The National Executive had a lot of fun viewing and selecting the top five, all of which would have been excellent winners.
The final winner, Giada Giusti, has designed a logo with tremendous visual impact, using simple lines and strong colour and we send her our congratulations.