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New ‘Magic of Reading’ storybook competition

4 February 2008

New ‘Magic of Reading’ storybook competition for schools
- Winning Auckland or Northland class to publish their own book -

Barfoot & Thompson is launching the inaugural Magic of Reading Storybook Competition in Auckland and Northland primary schools, giving classes the opportunity to have their original story idea turned into a published book, illustrated by rugby hero Keven Mealamu.

The competition aims to inspire student’s creativity, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas and work together, as well as give them an insight into the world of publishing. A New Zealand author will workshop the winning class’ story concept with them and the students will also get to meet Barfoot & Thompson’s Magic of Reading Ambassador, Keven Mealamu, as he reveals his hidden talents as an illustrator.

The published book will become part of Barfoot & Thompson’s Magic of Reading programme at Starship Hospital. This programme provides each child who is admitted to Starship for a night or more their own book to read and take home with them. The new book will also be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Starship Foundation.

Barfoot & Thompson Director Peter Thompson says the competition is a great way to get children involved in the creative process of book publishing, while at the same time benefiting children in hospital.

“The storybook competition is an exciting way to give the children of Auckland and Northland the opportunity to be part of our Magic of Reading programme. Keven is looking forward to having the chance to illustrate a children’s book and we can’t wait to see the final product.”

Primary school classes wanting to take part in the storybook competition need to register. For registrations and further information visit


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