Betty Albertina Gilderdale New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for her services to children's literature.(née Harrington; 26 July 1923 – 9 July 2021) was an English-born children's author from New Zealand. She received the
|Born||Betty Albertina Harrington|
26 July 1923
|Died||9 July 2021(aged 97)|
|Alma mater||University of London|
|Notable awards||Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award|
(m. 1949; died 2013)
Gilderdale was born on 26 July 1923 in London and emigrated to New Zealand in 1967. In 1949, she received a BA in English from the University of London. The same year, she married Alan Gilderdale, and the couple went on to have four children. Between 1969 and 1981 Gilderdale taught at the North Shore Teachers’ College, at the Auckland College of Education from 1981 to 1985 and at the University of Auckland in the Department of Continuing Education. She lived on the North Shore in Auckland. Gilderdale died on 9 July 2021, aged 97, having been predeceased by her husband in 2013.
- The Little Yellow Digger (Scholastic, 2009)
- The Little Yellow Digger at the Zoo (Scholastic, 1999)
- The Little Yellow Digger Saves the Whale (Scholastic, 2001)
- The Little Yellow Digger Goes to School (Scholastic, 2005)
- The Little Digger and the Bones (Scholastic, 2009)
In 1990, she compiled the short story collection Under the Rainbow: A Treasury of New Zealand Children's Stories.
Gilderdale is the author of The Seven Lives of Lady Barker: Author of Station Life in New Zealand, a biography of author Mary Anne Barker. She is also the author of Sea Change: 145 Years of New Zealand Junior Fiction and Introducing Margaret Mahy.
In 2012, her autobiography, My Life in Two Halves was published.
Honours and awardsEdit
In 1994, Gilderdale received the Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award for her contribution to children's literature. In 1999, she won the New Zealand Children's Literature Association's Award for Services to Children's Literature. The following year, the award was renamed in her honour to the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award. The Little Yellow Digger won the 2003 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book. A Sea Change: 145 Years of New Zealand Junior Fiction received the PEN Award for best first book of prose.
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- Gilderdale, Betty (1996). The Seven Lives of Lady Barker. Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman. ISBN 1869532899.
- Gilderdale, Betty (1982). A Sea Change: 145 Years Of New Zealand Junior Fiction. Longman. ISBN 9780582717756.
- Gilderdale, Betty (1987). Introducing Margaret Mahy. Puffin Story Books. ISBN 9780140322606.
- Gilderdale, Betty (2012). My Life in Two Halves. David Bateman. ISBN 9781869538323.
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