Booksellers

Book Quiz: Sunny, Rainy, Windy, Snowy Weather

Weather. We can’t avoid it. And right now, after six weeks of glorious warm weather that we never complained about, no siree Bob no complaining here, Tāwhirimātea has woken and is wreaking havoc. Let’s see what we all know about…

Dear John: Rugby and astronomical fiction

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington was here once a month to answer your child-related reading questions. He was a top children’s bookseller until his death earlier this month. This is his final column. Dear John, My 12-year-old…

Farewell, Dear John: we miss you already

Like the rest of the New Zealand children’s book community, The Sapling has been rocked by the news that our hero John McIntyre passed away at the weekend. Editors Jane and Sarah wanted to share a few words in respect…

Dear John: a big reader, Pasifika lit & Manga

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington is a top children’s bookseller. He’s here once a month to answer your child-related reading questions. Dear John,Could you please recommend some good chapter books for a thoughtful boy? I can’t keep…

Dear John: Gender identity and stopping boredom

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington is a top children’s bookseller. He’s here once a month to answer your child-related reading questions. Dear John, My 11-year-old has just come out as a trans girl. I’d love to buy…

Taking our Children’s Books to Bologna

UNESCO City of Literature Dunedin were offered an opportunity they couldn’t ignore: to bid to have a stand atthe Bologna Children’s Book Fair earlier this month. Ella West reports. Hall 26, stand B/76 bis – that was Dunedin UNESCO City…

DEAR JOHN: TRAINS, TOUGH GIRLS & KILLING JOY

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington is a top children’s bookseller. He’s here once a month to answer your child-related reading questions. Dear John, My four-year-old son is obsessed with trains, and if I have to read another…

FUTURE WORLDS: GROWING UP IN A BOOKSHOP

Multi award-winning US slam poet Anis Mojgani writes about the things which captivate us as children, the magic and promise books hold, and how it is to grow up in a New Orleans children’s bookshop. The pages of my childhood…