Catlins-based award-winning writer, Diana Noonan, and New Zealand’s best-loved illustrator, and sometime Dunedinite Robyn Belton, have collaborated on a just-released children’s book, launched Friday 15 November 2013 by New Zealand Society of Authors President, and Miller’s Flat resident, Kyle Mewburn. This coincided with the opening of the new Children’s Room & Bookshop at the University Book Shop.
“Children’s books can’t exist without good bookshops to stock them; and of course good bookshops can’t exist without wonderful books to stock,” says UBS Otago manager, Phillippa Duffy. “Neither can exist without children and parents who understand both the magic and importance of reading.”
The Teddy Bear’s Promise, an endearing picture book published by Craig Potton Publishing, encapsulates the essence of growing up, and the warmth of enduring love. Children, parents and grandparents alike will all appreciate the rich and timeless themes in this poignant story of a little boy, a teddy bear and the love which binds families together.
The Children’s Room is an extension of the University Book Shop, increasing their retail area to create a specialised children’s bookshop within their Great King Street shop. It aims to help children grow a love of reading, or to extend the passion for books they already have; and for grown-ups to rediscover the magic of their favourite childhood bookstore. They will be hosting a free story-time every Friday and Saturday in-store at 10.30am on the magic carpet.
“Diana and Robyn are extremely well-respected in New Zealand bookselling and publishing for children and have both been so supportive of The Children’s Room concept,” says Duffy. “I’m thrilled the launch and the opening will occur in tandem as it symbolises the importance of writers, illustrators, publishers, schools and bookstores all working together to create life-long readers.”