The congress of the International Board on Books for Young People brought the cream of international literacy experts, authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers and publishers to Auckland's Aotea Centre for a four-day event that concluded with the Storylines Family Day yesterday.
|The New Zealand Publishers stand (above), which benefited|
from the enthusiastic presence of IBBY volunteer
Coline Rouge (right)
The congress gave an opportunity to meet with delegates from around the world, as well as the strong contingent of local children's books advocates.
A highlight for us was escorting renowned Brazilian illustrator Roger Mello on behalf of the congress organisers, and seeing Roger in a session on book illustration with Australian illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft and local illustrator Zak Waipara.
|Top: Zak Waipara (right) with Bronwyn Bancroft|
Below: an image from Māui - Sun Catcher
Saturday evening's gala dinner included presentation of the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Awards, the most prestigious awards inchildren's literature.
|Cao Wenxuan delivered a brilliant acceptance speech|
|Oratia publisher Peter Dowling (right) with legendary US educational publisher Kent Brown at the gala dinner|
|MC Miriama Kamo (left) toasts congress directors Rosemary Tisdall (centre) and Dr Libby Limbrick|