2015 storybook for Starship

Orders are now open for the 2015 storybook ‘Home Sweet Home and Seven Hearty Tales’. The 2015 storybook is available for $20 a copy and will be launched on 11 November. Pre-orders will be sent out from 12 November.

What is this year's storybook about?

Clever turtles, a heroic rescue cat, a lost rabbit and a very special dog are just a few of the characters starring in this charming collection of stories, written by the eight winners of this year's Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge.

These varied and exciting tales are full of laughs, lessons and a bit of luck, all with the heart-warming theme of 'there's no place like home'.

The book was edited by renowned author, Maria Gill, and illustrated by rugby legend, Keven Mealamu, plus several other talented Kiwi artists.

All proceeds from the sale of the storybook go towards The Magic of Reading Programme. This provides overnighting patients in Starship Children's Hospital and Whangarei Hospital Children's Ward with their own book to read and keep.

Order your 2015 book

Each copy costs $20 and can be ordered online through PayPal.

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Our 2015 storybook authors

The Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge short story competition, now in its eighth year, gives winners the chance to become real-life published authors.

Our 2015 supreme winner was Josephine Sim, who wrote the title story 'Home Sweet Home'.

Out of over 1,100 entries received from primary and intermediate aged authors from across Auckland, we selected eight gifted young writers' stories to be a part of this year's storybook.

Winning entries were selected based on their use of the theme 'there's no place like home', the development of their characters and settings, and the positive messages that their stories told.

Read more about our 2015 winners

Josephine Sim
Our 2015 supreme winner, Josephine 
Sim from Cockle Bay School

Previous storybooks

You can still order last year's storybook 'Super Sparrow and the Black Cat plus five more heroic tales'. 

Also available is the 2012 storybook 'The Miracle at Gulls Bay and Six More Super Stories'.

About the Starship Foundation

The Starship Foundation is a for-social-profit organisation that is committed to raising more than $6 million annually to ensure every New Zealand family has access to world leading healthcare and experiences.

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