New Zealand Post Children's Book Festival Stamps

This stamp issue was a tribute to the creativity of New Zealand's younger generation.

Issue information

This stamp issue was a tribute to the creativity of New Zealand's younger generation, to their love of books and to their passion for pictures. Each of the 10 winners in the 2002 'Design a Stamp' competition had translated their reading experience into a bold and colourful statement - and as you could see, each displayed the potential for a promising artistic career.

New Zealand Post is delighted to play a part in encouraging young people to both appreciate books and understand the magic of stamps. Our sponsorship of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Festival and Awards is an important part of this work - they are now a popular feature of the literary calendar and recognised as the premier celebration of children's books in New Zealand. The sponsorship reflects the Company's commitment to and affinity with the written word, and our passion for building literate communities and encouraging the pleasure of reading.

Celebrating Words Through Pictures

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but do words in turn inspire pictures? That was the challenge for more than 2,300 schools in the recent New Zealand Post Children's Book Festival 'Design a Stamp' competition.

Primary and intermediate students throughout New Zealand seized the opportunity to design a stamp based on one of the finalists in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Choosing from three categories - picture book, junior and non-fiction - each child or class endeavoured to create a 'mini artwork' to fit the small stamp format.

The remarkable results led to this unique stamp issue. A national competition decided the 10 winners, whose ages range from five years to twelve years and whose homes span the length of the country.

First Day Cover

The New Zealand Post Children's Book Festival Stamps first day cover was a glorious splash of colour. It featured all 10 stamps in the collection, it highlighted in a single setting just how much thought and work went into creating each distinctive design.

Stamp Sheetlet

The stamp sheetlet was a unique opportunity to get a delightful reminder of the natural talent and artistic flair with which so many of our children are blessed. The stamps were also available as a 10-stamp se-tenant block.

Product Listing for New Zealand Post Children's Book Festival Stamps

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Image Title Description Price
Sheetlet

Mint, used or cancelled sheetlet of 10 x 40c stamps.

The individual stamps in this issue were:

Single 40c 'Cardinal McKeefry School - National Winner' gummed stamp.

National Winner
Anna Poland, Cardinal McKeefry School, Wellington
Age12
From Brodie

Single 40c 'Glendowie Primary School' gummed stamp.

First Runner Up
Hee Su Kim, Glendowie Primary School, Auckland
Age 12
From The Last Whale

Single 40c 'Rangiora Borough School' gummed stamp.

Second Runner Up
Jayne Bruce, Rangiora Borough School, Rangiora
Age 5
From Scarface Claw

Single 40c 'Ararimu School' gummed stamp.

Paul Reed, Ararimu School, Auckland
Age 12
From Knocked For Six

Single 40c 'Salford School' gummed stamp.

Maria Rodgers, Salford School, Invercargill
Age 10
From Scarface Claw

Single 40c 'Glendene Prinary School' gummed stamp.

Jessica Hitchings, Ashleigh Bree, Malyna Sengdara and Aniva Kini, Glendene Primary School, Auckland
Age 10
From Grandpa's Shorts

Single 40c 'Gonville School' gummed stamp.

Hazel Gilbert, Gonville School, Whanganui
Age 8
From Which New Zealand Bird?

Single 40c 'Temuka High School' gummed stamp.

Gerard Mackle, Temuka High School, Temuka
Age 11
From The Plight of the Penguin

Single 40c 'Takapuna Normal Intermediate School' gummed stamp.

Olivia Duncan, Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, Auckland
Age 12
From Which New Zealand Bird?

Single 40c 'Ararimu School' gummed stamp.

Teigan Stafford-Bush, Ararimu School, Auckland
Age 11
From Which New Zealand Bird?

$4.00
First Day Cover First day cover with se-tenant block affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $4.50

Technical information

Date of issue: 5 June 2002
Number of stamps: 10
Denominations and designs: 10 x 40c stamps
Sheetlet: $4.00
Se-tenant block: $4.00
Stamps border and first day cover designed by: CommArts Design, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (horizontal)
Paper type: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 50
Perforation: 14 x 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least 10 stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least 10 stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 4 June 2003.