Story of making a book
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