Sunday, June 3, 2018

New Book Out for Maria Gill

Following on from the success of 'Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes' - still in print after three reprints - Maria Gill and New Holland Publishers have just released 'Earthquakes! Shaking New Zealand'.

'Earthquakes: Shaking New Zealand'  helps young readers 8-12 years old learn what to do in an earthquake, understand why New Zealand has so many, and find out what happened in New Zealand's eight biggest earthquakes. Written and designed to capture its young audience, it has many photographs, a Māori God that pops up in text boxes, interactive symbols, a tongue-in-cheek multi-choice questionnaire, a timeline that runs throughout the book, and lots more.

Available in shops the first week in June 2018.

See an interview with Maria here.

More information on its web page here.

ISBN: 9781869664862
RRP $24.99

Friday, March 9, 2018

Winning Team Releases Anzac Animals book


The winning author/illustrator duo that claimed the supreme children’s book award in 2016 – the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year prize – has again teamed up with publisher Scholastic New Zealand and designer Luke Kelly to produce a follow-up to the award-winning Anzac Heroes. This time they’ve written and illustrated a book about the animals that went to war.

Well-known children’s author Maria Gill and talented illustrator Marco Ivančić have proven they can do it again. Publishing Manager Lynette Evans says that Scholastic New Zealand couldn’t be happier with the response to the book from those who have already seen it. “Maria and Marco are a talented and unstoppable match. Maria’s meticulously researched text combines perfectly with the energy in Marco’s highly realistic illustrations to bring history to life in full colour and absorbing detail. We are privileged to partner with them in creating these timeless and information-loaded books for children.”

Anzac Animals includes the heartwarming stories of the mascots and working animals that helped the Anzacs during World War I and World War II. “There’s a mixture of the sad, funny, and awe-inspiring stories about the animals that went to war,” says Gill. “The tales show how much the animals meant to the Anzacs, and the lengths they would go to save their charges. I picked a wide range of animals, from kangaroos, cats, monkeys, a tortoise and a chicken, to dogs, horses, mules, donkeys, camels and pigeons. Some were found in the battle zones, others purchased from locals, and quite a few brought from home. They all made a difference to the men’s lives and helped them endure the war.” Girls and boys will enjoy reading the captivating stories, as well as poring over the stunning illustrations, photographs and graphics.

With 2018 being the final 100-year commemorations for World War I, the book is a compassionate note to end the anniversary. Gill is touring with Storylines to Christchurch schools from 12-16 March, with Duffy Books to Rotorua schools from 19-23 March, and giving workshops to local schools at the National Army Museum and then onto Napier Schools in the final week of March, including a book launch at Wardini’s Bookshop in Napier at 4pm on Wednesday 28 March.

Media enquiries:
Sophia Broom, Scholastic NZ
+64 9 968 9832

Monday, November 6, 2017

'Abel Tasman' and 'Toroa's Journey' Upcoming Events

If you live in these parts of the country do come along to one (or more) of these book events promoting my two latest books:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Upcoming book events

I'll be promoting my new books and giving talks/workshops at the following events until the end of the year:

Friday 6th October 10am, Remuera Library, Auckland – Pop-up Book Launch Extravaganza with 15 authors/illustrators (Fifi Colston, Gillian Candler, Suzanne Main, Chris Gurney, Nikki Slade Robinson, Jane Bloomfield, Maria Gill and others) including a surprise guest! We’ll be giving sneak peaks of our latest and greatest books. Morning tea offered, giveaways, and signed books available to buy.

Monday 9th - Thursday 12th October, Write Like an Author workshops, Burnside High School, Christchurch

Saturday 4th November 2pm, Dorothy Butler Bookshop, Ponsonby, Auckland – Book launch of ‘Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands’ with Maria Gill. Prizes for the best Explorer costumes!

Saturday 11th November 9.00-12.30pm, Book signing and sales of Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands with Maria Gill

Tuesday 14th November,  Visiting schools in the Nelson region

Tuesday 14th November 4pm, Nelson Provincial Library, Nelson – Book launch of ‘Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands’ with Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic. 

Wednesday 15th November, Visiting schools in the Nelson region

Wednesday 15th November 4pm, Page & Blackmore Bookshop, Nelson – Book signing of ‘Toroa’s Journey’ with Maria Gill. See the 3-metre paper Albatross!

Thursday 16th November, Visiting schools in the Motueka and Takaka region

Friday 17th November 11am, Takaka Library & Museum, Takaka – Book launch of ‘Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands’ with Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic. Prizes for the best Heemskerck ship drawing! 

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November, Book signing and activities at the opening of the new Dutch Museum in Foxton.

Tuesday 21st - Friday 30th November, events (yet to be confirmed) in Sydney and Tasmania

Saturday 2nd December 2.00 - 4.00pm, Abel Tasman Commemoration at the National Maritime Museum, Auckland

Saturday 9th December 9.00-12.30pm, Book signing and sales of Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands with Maria Gill

Thursday 14th December 4pm, Book launch at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 34 Moorhouse Street, Wadestown, Wellington, RSVP