New Zealand Book Month

From 2011 to  March 2013 National Library Services to Schools collaborated with New Zealand Book Month, to encourages Kiwis to celebrate books and reading.

Despite an extensive sponsor search New Zealand Book Month was unable to secure the necessary funding to run an impactful national campaign of events in 2015.

To celebrate New Zealand Book Month, the National Library Services to Schools team, in association with Caltex Energy for Learning, distributed $5 book vouchers into schools thoughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Book Month aimed to encourage book ownership wherever possible – based on sound research that shows that children growing up in homes with books receive, on average, an additional three years education when compared with children from bookless homes – regardless of their parents education or financial status.

Here Libby Crawford, one of the ambassador’s for NZ Book Month 2013 talks about the books that encouraged and inspired her to read.

Reading Superheroes competition

In conjunction with NZ Book Month in 2013 we ran the popular Reading Superheroes competition. Launched in 2011, Reading Superheroes acknowledges the impact of reading role models.

View the list of Reading Superheroes for 2013.

View a selection of entries including the winning student entries on Tumblr

Find out more about the Reading Superheroes Competition.

Help your Child Become a Reader brochures

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Caltex Energy for Learning, we produced brochures to help families support and encourage their children to read. These have been translated into Māori, Cook Island Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean and Tokelauan.

Visit our Reading at Home page to download the brochures and to find information on helping inspire and encourage children to read at home.

Our popular Read Aloud guide is also still available for teachers and family members.

Read Aloud Bookmarks

Get ideas for read aloud books and download and print Read Aloud Bookmarks.