Home Sweet Home and Seven Hearty Tales edited by Maria Gill, illustrations by Keven Mealamu and other talented Kiwi artists
I had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge. This year the theme was 'Home Sweet Home' and we had a wide mix of entries from over 1200 children. The eight winners were:
'Home Sweet Home' by Josephine Sim, Cockle Bay School, illustrated by Keven Mealamu
"Mr Cat" by Antoine Ashman, Glenbrook School, illustrated by Tracey van Lent
"My Family, My Home" by Jenna Hainsworth, Beachlands School, illustrated by Erika Pearce
"Black Cat's Venture" by Lucy Li, St Dominic's College, illustrated by Anna Harrison
"Rangi Ruru" by Emilia Finer, Kerikeri High School, illustrated by Jun Arita
"Spotty's New Home" by Caleb Palmer, Elium Christian College, illustrated by Kate Diprose
"The Topsy Turvey Day" by Ben Davies, Patumahoe School, illustrated by Keven Mealamu
"Rodney's Adventure" by Nicola Daria, Royal Oak Primary, illustrated by Jun Arita
Young readers will read charming stories about how turtles got their shell, a lonely cat found a new home, a jellyfish accepted who he was, a cat learned a valuable lesson, a lost owl found his mother, a young prince adopted a dog, a boy survives a crazy day, and a rabbit helps solves a problem for others before solving his own problem. They are delightful examples of creative writing from 8-13 year old authors.
The stories have been illustrated by three full-time artists: Tracey van Lent, Jun Arita and Erika Pearce. As well as Kate Diprose a gorgeous 7-year-old girl who is a patient at the Starship Hospital, ex Silverfern player Anna Harrison, and All Black Keven Mealamu, who finished his artwork while competing at the World Cup. The kids were delighted to work closely with the illustrators and see the finished artwork in the book.
All proceeds go to the Starship Foundation. Buy it at your local bookstore or online.