ERIC Number: ED447491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
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Thirty Years of New Zealand's Children's Literature (1970-1999).
Mills, Wayne F.
In 1970 New Zealand had a small output of just 15 titles in children's literature. But much has happened over the last 30 years to ensure that New Zealand literature for children has an established footing: authors known and unknown have been encouraged to write, and publishers have been encouraged to seek the highest production standards. This paper explores some of the significant developments in children's literature in New Zealand. The paper first considers the establishment and conferment of various children's book awards. It then discusses organizations such as the Children's Literature Association, founded in 1969 with the express aim of promoting the best books for children, and the New Zealand Children's Book Foundation, which began in 1990 and has grown and expanded to promote its national ideal of literacy and good literature. The paper also discusses the annual Storyline Festival and the Writers in School Scheme, designed to allow both primary and secondary schools the opportunity of having New Zealand authors. It considers children's books in different genres during the 1980s ("a time of growth") and the 1990s (an average of 101 titles a year). The paper stresses that it will be important for the future of New Zealand in the 21st century that not just the serious readers keep literature alive. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand