Story of mak­ing a book

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The magic of mak­ing a chil­dren’s book was ex­plained to school­child­ren last month dur­ing National Book Week.

Pukerua Bay author Gil­lian Can­dler vis­ited stu­dents at Windley, Ngati Toa and Ad­ven­ture Schools on June 19 with her award- nom­i­nated book, At the Beach.

Ms Can­dler and the book’s il­lus­tra­tor, Makara man Ned Bar­raud, ex­plained to chil­dren how an idea be­comes a page in a book.

Chil­dren were shown a se­ries of Mr Bar­raud’s orig­i­nal draw­ings for At the Beach, show­ing their changes as con­cepts were re­fined

non- fic­tion and de­vel­oped.

Hav­ing to dis­card text and draw­ings due to space con­straints, and find­ing de­fin­i­tive names for marine species were some of the dif­fi­cul­ties of the year- long pub­lish­ing process, Ms Can­dler said.

At the Beach was a non-fic­tion fi­nal­ist in the New Zealand Post Chil­dren’s Book Awards on June 24.

The cat­e­gory was won by 100 Amaz­ing Tales from Aotearoa by Si­mon Mor­ton & Riria Hotere.

Ms Can­dler and Mr Bar­raud have sold 3000 copies of At the Beach and are work­ing on a fol­low-up field guide to gar­dens, to be pub­lished this spring.

Pic­ture per­fect: Chil­dren’s

book il­lus­tra­tor Ned Bar­raud and author Gil­lian

Can­dler show Porirua school­child­ren how pages of their book At the Beach de­vel­oped. Their visit to lo­cal schools on June 19 co­in­cided with National

Book Week.

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