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.
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Sarah and Thalia will be talking about the genesis of The Sapling, why they think it was needed and how they have chosen the voices that are represented each month. They will be looking at gender and racial diversity of those who are reviewed or interviewed, and highlighting some of their favourite pieces. Read the Flyer pdf and docx
Wednesday 29 November, 2017
5.30 p.m for drinks and nibbles, 6.00 p.m. talk
Ground Floor, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
(Use the Molesworth Street entrance)
Gold coin donation from non-members appreciated
We look forward to seeing you there
See http://www.thesapling.co.nz for ideas and conversations about children’s books
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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