Children with a love for reading, stories and art will get the chance to connect with authors, illustrators and storytellers this weekend.

The Storylines Family Day will return to Kerikeri tomorrow, offering a range of activities to entice keen young bookworms.

The event, organised by the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust, aims to foster the love of reading, writing and illustrating, and ensure kids have access to quality literature.

This year's authors include Tessa Duder, Stacy Gregg (author of Pony Club Secrets), Whangarei's Kelly Wilson (author of For the Love of Horses and known for the television series Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, Di Menefy and Janine McVeagh.


The event has a writing zone, an artists in action zone, a range of talks and presentations, book signings, a quiz and workshop zone, and storytelling and facepainting.

Storyteller Michael Joyce will bring stories to life with the help of the audience, while the Far North's Waikarere Gregory will tell Maori creation stories in English and te reo Maori.

Hands-on activities will give people the chance to create hand-made books, put their words to the test in a writing competition and paint murals.

Kids are encouraged to go along in fancy dress as a book character, in pyjamas, as a pirate or a sporting hero.

The event will run from 10am-2pm in the Turner Centre Plaza.