Creative Writing


League in Libraries - Rīki i ngā Whare Pukapuka

Creative writing for tamariki

League in Libraries - Rīki i ngā Whare Pukapuka

Established with the aim of improving literacy achievement in primary schools, League in Libraries encourages children to rediscover the enjoyment of reading and literacy as essential life skills through the support of engaging mentors and role models.

Drawing on the Warriors' celebrity status to persuade children that reading is not only an important life skill it's also cool. The programme incorporates a writing competition where students are invited to submit stories about their favorite Warriors for judging.  The best primary and intermediate age student has their work professionally illustrated and published.

Eight winning classrooms attend a library afternoon in their region where players help them complete literary activities and give out reading resources and league souvenirs.

Results have been very positive, suggesting more children are reading, and improved literacy especially for children attending low decile schools.

To date, League in Libraries has published 12 young authors and created meaningful connections with 10,368 children across 324 schools. Our goal is to grow this participation by 15% p.a., thereby delivering a sustained lift in enjoyment of reading and literacy levels across the national primary school population.



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