The society which is based in Wellington, New Zealand is associated with The National Library of New Zealand . It was formed in 1983 to support the work of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.
In 2005 it was extended to support the National Children’s and Susan Price Collections.
How to view the collections supported by Friends of DNW
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.
See http://www.thesapling.co.nz for ideas and conversations about children’s books
Congratulations children’s author Joy Cowley
New Year Honours 2018 – Citation for Member of the Order of New Zealand
To be a Member of the Order of New Zealand:
COLES, Ms Cassia Joy (Joy Cowley), DCNZM, OBE
For services to New Zealand
Ms Joy Cowley has been one of New Zealand’s most prolific and successful writers since the 1960s and has made a strong contribution to both literature and literacy.
Ms Cowley began her career writing novels for adults and published several such novels during the 1970s, following her debut book ‘Nest in a Falling Tree’ (1967). She is best known for her children’s fiction, which includes the books ‘The Silent One’ (1981), ‘Bow Down Shadrach’ (1991) and its sequel ‘Gladly, Here I Come’ (1994). She has written 41 children’s picture books and has emphasised the need for children to see themselves in the books they read, particularly in their early years. She has been heavily involved in teaching early reading skills and helping those with reading difficulties. In this capacity she has written more than 1,000 reading books to assist in teaching reading and associated skills to schoolchildren. Her books are renowned internationally and are used in more than 70 percent of American schools. She is a patron and former Trustee of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, which supports and promotes the development of children’s and young adults’ literature in New Zealand. She has been widely recognised with numerous national and international literary awards throughout her career, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in fiction in 2010 and the University of Alabama’s Maryann Manning Award for Outstanding Literacy Scholar in 2011. Since being appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 she has continued to write for publication, the most recent book being ‘Helper and Helper’ in 2017. As Honorary President of the New Zealand Society of Authors Ms Cowley delivered the 2011 Janet Frame Lecture.
Joy’s other honours
Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2005
Officer of the Order of the British Empire, New Year 1992
New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
[Thanks to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website]
STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017 went to Wellington’s Maureen Crisp
Wellington teacher, author and literary blogger Maureen Crisp has been announced as the winner
of the 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for outstanding service to children’s literature.
Nicola Daly at the International Youth Library here
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017
Documents relating to the AGM are at About Us > AGM and here
In the Friend’s Display Case: National Library Wellington
Whitcombe and Tombs was the dominant publisher in the New Zealand educational market in the late 19th and early 20th century. Estimated sales of their very popular ‘Whitcombe’s story books’ series, published between 1908 and 1962, were in excess of 12 million copies. Edith Howes wrote fifteen ‘Whitcombes story books’ in all, issued in numerous printings between 1921 and 1957. ‘Where bell-birds chime’ was part of the Dainty booklet series.
Howes’ publications, from the Dorothy Neal White Collection, will be on display outside the Turnbull Library reading rooms through the end of November. — at National Library of New Zealand.
The Singing Fish
Tup looked about. There certainly were anemones everywhere, brown anemones, little gold-and-silver anemones, anemones with blood-red centres and deceiving rims of broken shells and tiny stones, anemones of purple striped with green, of yellow striped with orange; higher up the rocks were dark red blobs that, when the tide came in, would open out into scarlet blossoms like cactus dahlias. And there was this great rose-and-lilac beauty before them, with her greedy arms. Tup looked at her again and realised how near he had been to a struggle for his life.
When completing research for this story, Edith spent months observing the plants and creatures of beaches and rock pools around Wellington and Stewart Island.
Howes, Edith. The singing fish. With illustrations by Florence Mary Anderson.
(London : Cassell & Co.)
1921 (1922 reprint) — at National Library of New Zealand.
The Cradle Ship
Twins Win and Twin are siblings to a new baby and want to know where it came from. They do not believe their grandmother’s tale that it was found under the gooseberry bush. Their parents are more forthcoming and turn a cradle into a ship, and the family sails to babyland to find the answer. Somewhat sentimental and naïve in style when read today, The cradle ship was nonetheless a groundbreaking attempt to introduce children to the facts of life. It was reprinted 18 times and translated into French, Italian and Danish.
Howes, Edith. ‘The cradle ship’. With illustrations by Florence Mary Anderson.
(London : Cassell & Co.)
1916 — at National Library of New Zealand.
The Sun’s Babies
A collection of short stories about plants, animals and fairies through the seasons. This was Edith’s first book, and was so well received that it led to her being made an honorary member of the New Zealand Institute (which later became the Royal Society).
Howes, Edith. ‘The sun’s babies’. With illustrations by Frank Watkins.
(London : Cassell & Co.)
1910 — at National Library of New Zealand.
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P0 Box 12-499, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
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