Kaikoura's kids to learn from top New Zealand authors

Thursday 15 March 2012, 3:29PM
By Paper Plus


Paper Plus Kaikoura is celebrating New Zealand Book Month by teaming with top Kiwi authors to challenge the district’s primary school children - all 500 of them - to collate their very own book, with proceeds from the sales going back into the schools.

New Zealand’s prominent children’s authors including Gavin Bishop, Joanna Orwin, Hayley Pitts and Rachel McRae-Woods will be on-hand at Kaikoura Primary School and St Josephs School to provide handy tips for writing, while inspiring the children to put into words and images, what Kaikoura means to them.

Mark Fissenden, owner of Paper Plus Kaikoura says that New Zealand Book Month is the perfect opportunity to educate the younger generation about the importance of books.

“Kaikoura’s children are eager to learn about what makes their town so beautiful. The authors guiding the children will teach them invaluable reading and writing skills, whilst further stimulating their interest in the region,” he says.

The two largest primary schools in Kaikoura, where the authors will be present, have opened their doors to all other smaller regional schools, as well as to preschoolers and parents, ensuring a wide audience and fantastic learning opportunity for all involved.

Celebrating the value of reading, each educational session will take two hours, after which each class from every participating school will write and draw one chapter within the book, very much a creative effort by all 500 local school kids.

New Zealand Book Month runs throughout March and as part of the “Books Change Lives” campaign, NZBM are offering a $5 voucher on all books over $10. Make sure you head into your local Paper Plus or Take Note store to redeem your vouchers – they’re valid until 31st March 2012.