KA PAI! Cool stuff from around the internet

Every two weeks we compile, for your browsing pleasure, cool children’s book happenings (and peripherally related news) from around Aotearoa, the world and the internet.

An illustration by Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi, who was denied a UK visa to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

Book news from Aotearoa

In events, The Hungry Little Caterpillar comes to the stage! And don’t forget, Storylines is holding an amazing event, launching two new books (complete with magic show from The Great Wardini). Avril McDonald is touring with Feel Brave: Little Stories about Big Feelings. Our monthly essayist, Nina Powles, launches her stunning book of poetry in August. Phoebe Morris, the illustrator of Sky High by David Hill, will launch the book at Ekor next week, a few days before The Curious Ar-Chew by Sarah Grundy (2016 Storylines Joy Cowley Award, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly) will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop. Scholastic NZ is holding a warehouse sale in both Auckland and Christchurch. And our buddy Jane Bloomfield is judging a short story competition

We’re excited to see what the soon-to-be-launched new children’s book publisher, OneTree House, will do! They’ve just launched a crowdfunding appeal to kick things off. 

Listen to The Travelling Restaurant on Radio NZ’s Storytime Treasure Chest! 

And stuff from the farthest reaches of the globe (and internet)…

Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi was denied a UK visa to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Here’s an article about how to get kids hooked on reading. And one about how to get them hooked on poetry. And one that reckons survival stories are the way to do it.

Why children’s book authors should be ruling the world.

Airline easyJet launches flybrary!

Kids’ book experts meet their idols.

The story behind Kalimat, a children’s publishing house in United Arab Emirates.

Editor Jane loves this book so much she has two copies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Junot Díaz has written his first book for kids.

Happy 50th birthday to one of the best books in the universe!

Author Shirley Hughes warns parents not to rob children of the chance to be bored.

The Ministry of Education in Japan is prompting publishers to publish LGBT books for students and teachers.

David Walliams has been the UK’s bestselling children’s author for 100 weeks. What is the secret to his success (and can we have what he’s having)?

The history of the bendable, durable, chewable board book.

Some lists: 11 of the creepiest Goosebumps covers … awesome Asian-American protagonists from YA novels … a list of (possible) reasons why so many kids’ books feature orphans … graphic novels for mighty girls … and great suggestions for first graphic novels.

Here’s info on the movie for Wonderstruck, based on the novel by Brian Selznick. Trailer below:

And lastly, the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time (featuring Oprah!!!!!):