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2015 Barfoot & Thompson Storybook for Starship

2015 Barfoot & Thompson Storybook for Starship

Kids helping Kids - Students publish storybook to help kids at Starship in the eight Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge.

The creative writing of young New Zealander's has been published into a new book titled 'Home Sweet Home & Seven Hearty Tales and is now on sale raising funds for Starship.

Purchase the 2015 storybook for $20 here.

The children's colourful storybook features imaginative tales by young authors aged 7 - 13 years old, alongside illustrations by some of New Zealand's favourite amateur and professional artists.

Artwork by rugby legend Keven Mealamu, who put the finishing touches on his illustrations while in the UK in between Rugby World Cup 2015 training and matches, features on the cover along with pictures by netball star Anna Harison, painter Tracey Van Lent, Japanese artists Jun Arita, designer/artist Erika Pearce, and seven-year-old Starship patient Kate Diprose.

All proceeds from the annual storybook competition raises money for the Magic of Reading programme, providing overnighting patients in Starship with their own book to read and keep.

Keven Mealamu signing book Barfoot 2015 Story Book Cover
Barfoot 2015 Story Book Cover

The cover of 'Home Sweet Home & Seven Hearty Tales' illustrated by All Black legend Keven Mealamu

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What is the 2015 storybook all about?

Themed 'there's no place like home', the stories are a heart-warming mix of tales about the importance of family and belonging, and were chosen from more than 1,1000 entries.  The young authors then underwent a creative writing workshop with renowned children's non-ficton writer Maria Gill, who mentoried them and helped prepare their stories for print.


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