Order your 2014 storybook

You can now order the 2014 storybook 'Super Sparrow and the Black Cat plus five more heroic tales' for only $15.

The book is a compilation of six heroic tales written by the winners of this year's Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge. This year's book is edited by renowned author John Parker, and illustrated by rugby legend Keven Mealamu and four more New Zealand artists.

All proceeds from the annual storybook competition raises money for the Magic of Reading programme, providing overnighting patients in Starship Children’s Hospital and Whangarei Hospital Children’s Ward with their own book to read and keep. 

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Order your 2014 book

Each copy costs $15 and can be ordered online through PayPal.

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What is the 2014 storybook all about?

Beak and feathers fight teeth and claws when a brave, clever mother fights for her fledglings. Who will win?

Five other wonderful and varied stories - packed with humour, drama, thoughtfulness, and excitement - complete a book that will delight the reader.

Dive in for a riveting read, centred around the theme of heroism: a super sparrow fighting a deadly enemy; a beautiful mare struggling to give birth; a warm-hearted description of everyday heroes; a not-very-brave hero and his feline assistant; a rescue in the jungle; and a new friend standing up against the school bully.

Meet the winners and illustrators from the 2014 competition

Lucy Li was the overall winner with her story ‘Super Sparrow and the Black Cat’. Find out more about all of the winners from this year's competition. Keven Mealamu and four more talented New Zealand artists illustrated this year's storybook.

How can I enter next year?

Visit the Young Authors Challenge website for the latest competition news and updates or email challenge@barfoot.co.nz to be notified when next year's competition launches.

Can I still order the 2012 storybook?

You can order the 2012 compilation ‘The Miracle at Gulls’ Bay' and Six More Super Stories’ from PayPal. The 2012 storybook featured stories by students from Remuera Primary School, Somerville Intermediate School, Bayfield Primary School, Northcross Intermediate School, Northern Health School, Don Buck School and Pukekohe Intermediate School.