Annual 2 contains all-new material for 9- to- 13-year-olds. The result is a highly original, contemporary take on the much-loved annuals of the past – all in one beautiful package.  Alongside familiar names publishing for children –  Gavin Mouldey, Sarah Johnson, Ben Galbraith, Barry Faville, Giselle Clarkson, and Gregory O’Brien – you’ll find the unexpected, including a new song by Bic Runga, a small-town mystery by Paul Thomas, and a classic New Zealand comic illustrated by new talent Henry Christian Slane.

The editors wanted to throw a completely different kind of publication into the mix, to create something that was both familiar and unexpected.

“We channelled our younger selves: curious, discerning, up for anything. We tried to make a book we wish we’d be given. All the content is commissioned. This meant we were able to achieve a good balance of gender, ethnicity, and rural/urban experiences. We wanted to reach as many kinds of readers as possible.”

Annual is playful and smart and packed with content – a book for the whole family. Readers can also visit the website – – to download additional material and read more about the contributors.

What people said about last year’s Annual:

“Sometimes it feels like it was made in crazy town – but in a good way!”
–    Daniel Lovewell (aged 9) and Gemma Lovewell (aged 11)

“The hero book of the year.”
–    John McIntyre, Children’s Bookshop, Wellington

“What a feast! The great-grandchildren loved it!”
–    Joy Cowley


about the editors

Kate De Goldi has been reviewing and discussing children’s literature on National Radio for the last eighteen years. She works with children and teachers in schools throughout New Zealand, promoting reading and teaching creative writing. She is a regular speaker on children’s litearture at conferences and festivals. She writes fiction for all ages and has published ten books.


Susan Paris has 18 years experience in publishing, and has been editor of the School Journal for over a decade, producing more than forty Journals. Under her stewardship, the School Journal has won Best Publication in New Zealand educational publishing for the last three years. Susan has a long-term immersion in children’s literature, as reviewer and writer. She has written more than forty chapter books for the international education market.


Author:  Edited by Kate De Goldi & Susan Paris
Format:  Hardback
ISBN:  9780473395230
Pages:  152
Published:  Annual Ink - September 2017
Size:  260 x 193 mm

Annual 2

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