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Liz Pichon In-Store Book Signing - May 11th 2016

Tom Gates 9 Cover Image Liz Pichon

The talented and stylish author of the mega-popular Tom Gates series, Liz Pichon, paid us a flying visit on Wednesday, May 11th to meet her fans and sign copies of her books. Liz is in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers' Festival but managed to find time for quick visits to Wellington and Christchurch.

Tom Gates Event Tom Gates

Here she is signing copies of her books, meeting a real-life Tom Gates and posing by a bookstand of her colourful books. We love the shoes - designed by Liz herself!

Tom Gates Event Tom Gates Event

The 10th Tom Gates story, Super Good Skills (Almost) is due out in June.


Andy Griffiths In-Store Book Signing - Oct 1st 2015

Author of the Treehouse Series and Just! Books

Andy Griffiths 65-Storey Treehouse Cover Image

Photo Credit: Kris Reichl

Andy Signing Andy Signing

Andy Griffiths' visit was a huge success, with the queue stretching around the shop, out the door and down the mall to Rongotai Road!

Andy spent 2-1/2 hours signing copies of his books, chatting to his fans and posing for photos.

Andy Queue Inside Andy Queue Outside


Finding Monkey Moon Launch - July 15th 2015

Finding Monkey Moon Cover Image Finding Monkey Moon Launch

We celebrated the launch of Finding Monkey Moon, written by Elizabeth Pulford and illustrated by Kate Wilkinson, on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015. About 100 of Kate's friends and family joined in the festivities for her first published book, a gorgeous story about Dad and Michael going on a Monkey Moon hunt at the park after they discover that the precious bedtime companion is missing.

The photos show Kate reading an extract, signing copies of her book and also pictured with her literary agent Frances Plumpton and John and Ruth. Photos by Robyn Jane Photography.

Finding Monkey Moon Launch Finding Monkey Moon Launch Finding Monkey Moon Launch

Finding Monkey Moon Launch Finding Monkey Moon Launch

Photos by Robyn Jane Photography 0211182646 


Dav Pilkey In-Store Book Signing - May 19th

Creator of Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

Pilkey PosterDav Pilkey Book SigningCaptain Underpants 11 Cover Image

About 200 excited Captain Underpants fans turned up for Dav Pilkey's in-store book signing on May 19th.
Dav has sold over 70 Million copies of his Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books worldwide.
Dav chatted with the kids while he signed and drew illustrations in their books and happily posed for photos.

Dav Pilkey SigningLiam's Signed Book


Stacy Gregg returns to The Children's Bookshop

Stacy Gregg meets fans at The Children's BookshopThe Princess and the Foal Cover ImageThe Island of Lost Horses

Stacy Gregg, whose novel about a young Princess Haya of Jordan, The Princess and the Foal, is pictured here with some of her avid fans during her book tour to promote her new novel, The Island of Lost Horses.

The Princess and the Foal was shortlisted in the junior fiction category of the 2014 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. The Island of Lost Horses also focuses on a true story, the mystery of how a group of Abaco Barb horses got to an uninhabited Caribbean island.


Twisty Tales

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Book launch for Twisty Christmas Tales - an anthology wriitten by a range of New Zealand authors, and published by Phantom Feather Press. Pictured are illustrator Geoff Popham with co-publisher Eileen Mueller.

Contributors - Shelley Chappell , Michelle Child, William Cook, Debbie Cowens, Joy Cowley, Denise Cush, Marion Day, Simon Fogarty, Dave Freer, Peter Friend, Jan Goldie, David Hill, Tim Jones, Charlotte Kieft, Lyn McConchie, Eileen Mueller, Jeena Murphy, Lee Murray, Robyn P, Murray, Lorraine Orman, A.J. Ponder, D.M. Potter, Dan Rabarts, Darian Smith, Kerrie Anne Spicer, Anne Wilkins, Sophie Yorkston.



Ethan the Incredible Book Launch

Author Jacqui Simpson signs booksIllustrator Philip Webb signs books

Written by Jacqui Simpson, signing above, and illustrated by Philip Webb, also signing above, Ethan the Incredible is the story of a brave boy who battles dragons and saves princesses.

Dedicated to Ethan Wyman of the Kapiti Coast, a 10-year-old who dreamed of working at Weta Workshop but died several years ago of a brain tumour, the book was launched by his father Damon.


Māori Art for Kids' Book Launch

Norm HekeJulia Noanoa


There was a fantastic turnout for the book launch for Māori Art for Kids in early November 2014. The author/illustrator team of Norm Heke and Julie Noanoa, above, spoke about the origins of the book, while Paora Tibble (below left), from Te Papa, launched it and Pauline Esposito, national sales manager of Craig Potton Publishing, described how it took the publishing team just two minutes to decide to publish the book.

Māori Art for Kids comprises 15 fabulous art activities for kids to do, based on the 15 featured contemporary artists and their works.     




Mr Awesome returns: Derek Landy Book Event

Derek Landy takes a selfie with a fan dressed as Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, visited Wellington on October 3rd, 2014, and captivated his audience with a one-hour talk filled with the humour that makes his books so popular. He answered questions and signed books for two hours after the talk, chatting and joking with each of his fans. Several fans came in impressive costumes, and we had prizes for some of them, plus giveaway bags to take home. Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Save the Children Fund.

Derek Landy with a fan dressed as Tanith LowDerek Landy meeting fans

Derek Landy meets the Wellington Sanctuary fansFans dressed up as Skulduggery Pleasant characters for the event

Jacqueline Harvey in Wellington

 Jacqeline Harvey meets fans in our store

Jacqueline Harvey, author of the Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose books, visited Wellington on September 3rd, 2014, and wowed her school audiences with a lively talk about writing and her life in Australia. She also met fans and signed copies of her books at The Children's Bookshop after school. 


 Jacqueline Harvey gives a talk