Would you like New Zealand’s top children’s authors and illustrators to visit your school, early childhood centre or library?
Well now’s your chance, as applications are now open to be included on the fabulous 2019 Storylines Author tour route.
Regions covered by the upcoming tour include Tairawhiti Gisborne/East Coast; Otago; Northland; Auckland.
Thanks to the Storylines Charitable Trust, and associated sponsors, every year these inspirational, creative people spend a week visiting selected regions of the country.
They appear in primary and secondary schools, early childhood centres and libraries.
Sessions are wide-ranging: from a workshop or art activity, presentation, book readings or art demonstrations, or the chance to get a glimpse into the life of an author or illustrator.
There can even be public sessions at local libraries where the wider community can pitch their questions to the authors and illustrators. It is a fantastic opportunity for the children, and past experience shows that it inspires a passion for reading, writing and art.
Apply now by visiting the Storylines website www.storylines.org.nz, and go to the ‘Events and activities’ tab. The application form is short and sweet. A tip to increase your chance of gaining a visit – encourage nearby schools and ECE centres and public libraries to also apply.
The tour week’s programme fills up fast! If you have an author or illustrator you’d particularly like to have visit, you can note that on your application.
It doesn’t guarantee you’ll get them, but the organisers try their best to create an awesome tour for everyone.
Author-illustrator, and creator of the award-winning ‘The little Kiwi’s Matariki’, Nikki Slade Robinson, toured in 2017. ‘It was just fantastic to walk into a school and share my work with the tamariki, see their faces light up - they’d be buzzing by the end of the session.
We’d play with words, do some drawing, and have heaps of fun. Having tours like this is working out so well as it takes us to areas where often the kids wouldn’t otherwise have these opportunities.
Previously Storylines would have ‘Family Days’ rather than these tours. Those days were also great, but it meant you had to travel to, or live in, a city to be able to attend. I think we are able to reach and inspire so many more people with the tours.’
So don’t miss out, apply now!