Join the fun at the 2011 Storylines Free Family Day

The Storylines Free Family Days are held every year throughout New Zealand to celebrate the amazing, extremely talented authors and illustrators that we have in our country.  This year the Christchurch Free Family Day is being held at Cobham Intermediate School, 294 Ilam Road, Burnside on Sunday 21 August, from 10am-3pm.  It’s a chance for you and your children to meet some fantastic New Zealand authors and illustrators, including:

And some very special guests…

Your children could get their favourite author’s autograph, listen to them talk about their books and read some of them, or enter the Storylines competition.  It’s totally FREE, so come along with your family and join the fun.  You can download the programme from the library website or grab one from your library.

NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Canterbury festival

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Festival – which starts on Monday – is  a great chance for you to find out more about this year’s finalists.

In Canterbury we have a fantastic programme of events, including storytelling at the Christchurch Farmer’s Market and a tour around the native bush of Riccarton Bush on Saturday 14 May. There’s also school visits by author, Kyle Mewburn, and some cool competitions that you can enter.  Your school might even be celebrating by joining The Big Read on Wednesday 11 May.  Make sure you enter our festival competitions for your chance to win some of the finalist books.

For more details about the Canterbury Festival, which runs until 17 May, check out bethere.co.nz.