Announcing the inaugural WaiPRU one day symposium – 24 November 2016

It gives us great joy to announce the Waikato PictureBook Research Unit, to be known as WaiPRU. The aim of this unit is to foster research and appreciation of picturebooks, particularly in educational settings. Each year we aim to host a one day seminar for researchers, authors and illustrators, teachers, librarians, and picturebook enthusiasts. This year the theme is ‘Diversity in Picturebooks’, and it will be held on Thursday 24 November 8.30-5pm at the Hamilton campus of the University of Waikato. Registration is essential, but there is no charge, so if you’re interested in picturebooks, do register here

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author.”

This famous quote from Professor Rudine Sims Bishop (Ohio State University) concerning the potential affordances offered by children’s literature, will underpin our one day seminar entitled ‘Diversity in Children’s PictureBooks’.


  • Upon registration a campus map will be provided to guide you to the location of the seminar which is in Room TT1.05 in the Faculty of Education.
  • Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, and lunch is available to be purchased on campus.
  • Free parking is available on Silverdale Rd, or for a fee of $2 (using ticketing machine) in Gate 3A on Silverdale Rd.