Monster book sale aiming for more than 40,000 books

Taranaki Toy Library’s annual book sale is coming up later this month. Taranaki Community News caught up with organiser Hannah White to find out about her favourite childhood stories.

Hi Hannah! Thanks for chatting with us. You’re organising a pretty rad event. What can you tell us about it? The Children’s Monster Book Sale is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Taranaki Toy Library- it is in its fifth year running.

Our belief is that of re-homing books, sustainability, encouraging childhood literacy and imagination and raising funds for our wonderful Taranaki establishment!

That sounds pretty cool! How many books do you end up with for the sale, and have you had any favourites that you have collected so far this year? 
Last year the number of books at the sale was roughly 40,000. This year we are either hoping to match that or better it, in terms of numbers.

There have been some amazing donations coming through, ranging from easy-to-read books with great illustrations for toddlers, to science-based books packed full of information about earth, dinosaurs, space etc, as well as loads of wonderful books for teens!

What was your favourite book when you were a kid?
I found this a tricky one to think back, though I loved books like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (and continue to love reading it to my two boys)

I had a thing for the Goosebumps series as a pre-teen, when I really started enjoying to read, that was a proud moment for me haha!

If you could meet any children’s author from history, who would you pick and what would you talk about?
Good question! It’s tough, there are so many great authors and illustrators out there, even as an adult I get inspired when I come across an amazing kids’ book.

I love the Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler series (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom etc) they’re a winner. Kate Knapp and her Ruby Red Shoes series are great – her illustrations and writing style are awesome and evocative. In terms of historical authors, I would say Roald Dhal-  a kooky genius in my books!

Why should people come along to the Children’s Monster Book Sale?
It would be wonderful to have kids come through our sale and pick books that really interest them and excite them about reading and learning. It’s about continuing the cycle of sharing both books and knowledge within our great community here in Taranaki. We hope to see you there!

Children’s Monster Book Sale is on September 20 and 21 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Fitzroy. For more information click here.