John McIntyre - Cheerleader of Children's Literature

Friday 23 June 2017

Co-owner of Wellington's Children's Bookshop,  John McIntyre died in early June after a long illness.

Describing himself in a recent interview with Radio New Zealand as a  "cheerleader" for children's literature, McIntyre and his wife Ruth started the bookshop in Kilbirnie in 1992.

A former primary school teacher, McIntyre was passionate about creating a place where children felt welcome and where he could put good writing into the hands of young people, especially boys who he felt often needed non-fiction and adventure books to keep them interested.

A past judge in the NZ Post Book Awards, he also reviewed books every fortnight on Radio New Zealand, held Friday night storytime at his shop and donated books to the Women's Refuge.

"Having heard John Mcintyre speak on several occasions I am left in no doubt that we have lost a wonderful, ardent advocate for children's literature in New Zealand and one who always insisted to children's writers that "good enough isn't good enough," says Takaka Branch Librarian Tish Potter.