Thousands of children are expected at Auckland Museum this Sunday (August 28) as children get the chance to meet their favourite New Zealand authors and illustrators face-to-face at the Storylines Family Day.
The line-up at Auckland Museum includes author Maria Gill and illustrator Heather Arnold talking about their stunning book The Call of the Kokako, Dee Pigneguy talking about her book Nature''s Techno Tricks, an incredible early introduction to scientific concepts and writer and New Zealand''s queen of all-things craft Fifi Colston.
There will also be live book readings with Katz Cowley, Malcolm Paterson, Sandra Morris and Feana Tu''akoi.
Other events running between 10am and 3pm on Sunday include the Comic Zone where budding cartoonists can meet Ant Sang, the artistic talent behind the Bro''Town boys and comic artist Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville and Milo) before trying their hand at creating their own comic.
Children can also see some of their favourite books made into plays - including Maurice Gee''s Under the Mountain and Lucy Davey''s Out of Bed Fred! - and performed by local schools Owairaka Primary, St Cuthbert''s College, Mt Roskill Grammar, Marist College, Bruce McLaren Intermediate and Newton Central Primary.
For kids keen on craft, Auckland Museum''s Blue Room has plenty to do with the chance to make their own "bookworm" out of MDF and collage materials with the Youthtown art team and nature-based activities with Feana Tu''akoi.
The Storylines Festival was started 18 years ago by one of New Zealand''s best known children''s authors, Joy Cowley, to bring audiences together with local authors and foster a love of reading.
This year''s Storylines Festival has seen local authors and illustrators visiting school classes around the country.
Storylines Family Day is being held from 10am - 3pm at Auckland Museum and the Aotea Centre.
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Storylines Family Day
Sunday, 28 August
10am - 3pm
Auckland Museum & Aotea Centre
To arrange interviews, photography or filming at the Storylines Family Day at Auckland Museum please contact:
021 899 062