Tuesday 14 August 2012

Celebrating Margaret Mahy

Children and Parents turned out in their thousands around the country to celebrate Margaret Mahy's books at the 90 participating libraries, two museums and many bookstores.  A big thanks to all who joined in.  Margaret Mahy would have been proud that we enjoyed her books so much. Afterwards, Aucklanders continued their tributes at the memorial service at Auckland Town Hall. 
Here are some photographs from the Margaret Mahy Nationwide Read Aloud:

Bubble magic at Mt Roskill Library

Sher Foley at Mt Roskill Library

Sandra Morris at Auckland Museum

Children draw on Nina Rycroft's mural at Auckland Museum

Tauranga Library

Queenstown Library

Queenstown Library
Ralph McCubbin Howell at Edinburgh Fringe

Ralph McCubbin Howell at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Phillip Simpson at Avondale Library

Thursday 9 August 2012

Celebrating Margaret Mahy

You are warmly invited to attend

Celebrating Margaret Mahy

1936 - 2012

‘Some stories are true and some aren’t’
a gathering to honour and remember Margaret Mahy

Auckland Town Hall on Saturday
11 August at 2.30pm
Doors open at 2pm

Tributes will be presented by authors (Lynley Dodd, Tessa Duder, Dorothy Butler and others), children, singers, readers, and actors from Tim Bray Productions.
This is a free public event and all Margaret Mahy fans big and small are welcome!
Come dressed as your favourite Margaret Mahy character

Hosted by
Storylines Children’s Literature Trust
With the support of the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland

You can download a print version here.

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Activities for Margaret Mahy Nationwide Read

Harper Collins with the permission of illustrator David Elliot have produced a colouring-in sheet for librarians to use Saturday 11th August for the Nationwide Margaret Mahy Read Aloud library sessions.  Big thanks to David Elliot and Harper Collins!

You can download a print version here

Fifi Colston has also produced a craft instruction sheet to make a 'Behind the back of the chair' treasure chest. You can download it from her blogsite: http://fificolston.blogspot.co.nz/ Big thanks to Fifi!

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Margaret Mahy Poster

Please feel free to download this poster to put up in your library, museum or school.  It will help publicise your event for the Margaret Mahy Nationwide Read on Saturday 11th August.

You can download a print version from this site.

Tuesday 31 July 2012

Honouring Margaret Mahy (1936 - 2012)

In honour of this brilliant and beloved author, a group of NZ writers and illustrators are co-ordinating a nationwide read-aloud. There may also be events organised in Australia and other countries.

On August 11, libraries - and other venues - all around the country will host writers, illustrators, and other enthusiasts reading aloud from their favourite Margaret Mahy books. 

Details of each local event will be posted on the Events everywhere page as they are confirmed. 

If you can't make it to one of the library events, create your own (see left), or join in at around 11am on the 11th by reading your favourite Margaret Mahy - wherever you may be!