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Books with Annemarie Florian

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IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People) is an international network of people who are committed to bringing quality books and children together.

Recently the 35th IBBY World Congress was held for the first time in New Zealand.

Speakers came from all corners of the earth to share their deep knowledge of the world of story and storytelling; and how stories can reflect, expand and enrich young lives. Enjoyment of this coming together was only marred by the knowledge that a number of our colleagues had been denied entry visas to our supposedly welcoming nation.

The IBBY Honour List -- of outstanding recently published books – was announced at the Congress; and a select range of new publications was also unveiled.

Recently the 35th IBBY World Congress was held for the first time in New Zealand.

Speakers came from all corners of the earth to share their deep knowledge of the world of story and storytelling; and how stories can reflect, expand and enrich young lives. Enjoyment of this coming together was only marred by the knowledge that a number of our colleagues had been denied entry visas to our supposedly welcoming nation.

The IBBY Honour List -- of outstanding recently published books – was announced at the Congress; and a select range of new publications was also unveiled.

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Singing Home the Whale, by Mandy Hager, Random House $19.95

In 2015 this wonderful book was deservedly named the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year; it will forever be a personal favourite of mine.

It features the extraordinary relationship between city-boy, Will, and a young orca, that has become separated from his pod. Linked by Will’s love of singing, the boy and the whale develop a special bond. Set in small-town NZ, and with a compelling exploration of global concerns, this is an exceptionally strong and exciting read for young adults.

2016 IBBY Honour Award : Writing.

 

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The Boring Book, by Vasanti Unka, Puffin Books $24.95

When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds.

But one day they go too far…

Bright and pastel colours depict the innocence and fresh joy when the words escape. These illustrations are a clever mix of gouache and Printshop; great for exploring language, creativity and freedom for 5 to 9 year-olds.

2016 IBBY Honour Award : Illustration.

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Banjo and Ruby Red, by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, Little Hare Books $17.95

Banjo, a good ‘chook dog’, rounds up the chickens each night; but when Ruby Red fails to respond, he cares for her in such a way that her life is saved.

The illustrations accurately depict the Australian countryside story setting; yet are deceptively restrained. They succeed in showing characters’ expressions and emotions with great depth and individuality.

This picture book is perfect for 3 to 7 year-olds who have an understanding of rural life and also for those who are more urban to gain some insight.

2016 IBBY Honour Award : Illustration.

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The First Case (Detective Gordon #1), by Ulf Nillsson, translated from Swedish by Julia Marshall, Gecko Press $19.95

A fun and quirky first detective story for 6 to 10 year-olds.

Someone is stealing nuts from the forest, and it is up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! If only Detective Gordon had an assistant – someone small, fast and clever – to help solve this terrible case. Then he would be able to go back to doing what he does best: thinking, eating cakes, drinking tea and stamping important papers.

Julia Marshall and the great gang at Gecko Press consistently enrich our literary lives by translating and publishing excellent children’s books from around the world.

2016 IBBY Honour Award : Translation.

 

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Nga Ki, by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan, translated from English by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers $19.95

A lively and imaginative picture book that shows the warm and special bond between a father and his daughter and their creative bedtime stories.

The story encourages children from 3 to 7, to use their own imagination, to predict and build their own wild and wacky stories, using playful language.

With the translation of this book into Maori, Kawata Teepa beautifully captures the child’s voice, while also drawing from te ao Maori and te auo hou – both the traditional and modern Maori world – in his use of metaphor and descriptive language. Put it on your list for Father’s Day reading.

2016 IBBY Honour Award : Translation.

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I Am An Artist, by Nikki Slade Robinson, Duck Creek Press $19.95

Nikki Slade Robinson has illustrated over sixty children’s books and readers, including The Little Kiwi’s Matariki, which was named Picture Book of the Year 2016.

This is her newest release – an exuberant delight.

Our beloved Margaret Mahy many times opined that a properly functioning imagination is as essential to growth in childhood as is nutritious food and a warm and loving environment. It’s obvious in this truly gleeful picture book that Nikki Slade Robinson believes this too, and is keen to spread the message.

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