Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Grandparents get their own special day
Grandparents now have the chance to be
celebrated just like mums and dads.
Literacy charity Duffy Books in Homes makes
a point of rewarding grandparents who have gone the extra mile. They may have helped with coaching a sports
team, doing maintenance around the school or even simply spending extra time
helping their grandchildren with their reading.
Schools in the Duffy
programme then choose one lucky grandparent to win the Caught Being a Good Grandparent Award. Schools choose their lucky grandparent in
many different ways. Children might
write stories or poems about them or if the choice is too hard then there might
be a lucky draw. They are then
recognised at a special assembly during the week of 5 November.
This year’s award is New Zealand New Millennium, published by Penguin Books.The book spotlights some of New Zealand’s
iconic images between the years 2000 and 2010 and is accompanied by a special
Duffy Books in Homes General Manager, Linda Vagana, says “Grandparents are important
figures in children’s lives so we’re very happy to be able to recognise their
Since the official launch in 1995 with 80
schools, 16,000 students and 14 sponsors, the Duffy Books in Homes programme
has grown to encompass 532 schools, around 100,000 students and 200 sponsors in
2012. More than eight million books have
been distributed to children in low-decile schools since its inception and the
programme now distributes more than 600,000 books annually.