The Reckoning

The Reckoning: To write… or to teach?

Novelist Anna Mackenzie reveals a few truths about teaching, teens and the failings of the school curriculum, and explains why teaching creative writing is so important to her. According to perceived wisdom, achievement at the highest level requires absolute focus…

The Reckoning: Kids’ Book Reviewing in NZ

David Hill explains the pain required to gain in the wild world of book reviewing, and offers his reckons about how we could do it better – and why we should. I had an email a while back, disapproving of…

The Reckoning: the state of Kiwi kids’ non-fiction

Gillian Candler argues for more recognition of the importance of New Zealand non-fiction books for children, while at the same time wishing there was another term to describe these bound paper receptacles of creativity, serendipity and juicy, rich morsels. I…

The reckoning: an argument for inclusiveness

There’s a book for every reader, and a time for every book. Mandy Hager explains why sometimes Great Literature isn’t what we need. In 1992 I went to the public library in hope that I might find some picture books…

The Reckoning: Better Laureate than Never

Kyle Mewburn tells us why our children’s writers are so special, and opens a discussion about why New Zealand should appoint a Children’s Laureate. If your orbit has intersected with the local children’s literature scene over the last few years,…