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A bountiful annual bursting with delights for young readers
Annual 2 contains all-new material for 9- to- 13-year-olds. The result is a highly original, contemporary take on the much-loved annuals of the past — all in one beautiful package. Alongside familiar names publishing for children — Gavin Mouldey, Sarah Johnson, Ben Galbraith, Barry Faville, Giselle Clarkson, and Gregory O’Brien — you’ll find the unexpected, including a new song by Bic Runga, a small-town mystery by Paul Thomas, and a classic New Zealand comic illustrated by new talent Henry Christian Slane.
The editors wanted to throw a completely different kind of publication into the mix, to create something that was both familiar and unexpected. ‘We channelled our younger selves: curious, discerning, up for anything. We tried to make a book we wish we’d be given. All the content is commissioned. This meant we were able to achieve a good balance of gender, ethnicity, and rural/urban experiences. We wanted to reach as many kinds of readers as possible.’
Annual is playful and smart and packed with content — a book for the whole family. Readers can also visit the website — www. annualannual.com — to download additional material and read more about the contributors.
Susan Paris has 18 years’ experience in publishing. She has edited the School Journal for 12 years, producing more than 50 journals. She has written Ready to Read titles and more than 40 chapter books for the educational market, both New Zealand and overseas.
Kate De Goldi has been discussing children’s literature on RNZ for the last 18 years. She works with children in schools throughout New Zealand, promoting reading and teaching creative writing. She writes fiction for all ages.