Six children’s literature experts met with the researcher for five sessions of 90-120 minutes. In these sessions each person nominated a New Zealand picture book for inclusion in the collection. They read the book to the rest of the group and then discussed their reasons for nominating the title. Notes from discussions were taken by a field note taker, and were then analysed for themes. After the five sessions, the experts sent in a final list of books chosen from the full list of all nominations which they believed should be included in the collection. Books nominated by five of the six experts were included in the final collection of 22 titles.
An article describing the process of developing the NZBC, and the themes identified in the nomination process will be placed here soon….