Cornelia Funke


2009 Nēnē
Award Winner


"You? You read aloud?"
"Yes, every evening. Your mother enjoyed it. That evening she chose Inkheart. She always did like tales of adventure — stories full of brightness and darkness... So we gave you a pile of picture books, sat down on the rug beside you, and I began to read."

"We enjoyed the story," her father went on,

"It was exciting, well written, and full of all sorts of amazing creatures.       Author Funke accepts the 2009 Nēnē Award and
        reads a passage from her book, Inkheart.
Your mother loved a book to lead her into an unknown land, and the world in to which Inkheart led her was exactly what she liked.
Sometimes the story took a very dark turn, and whenever the suspense got too much, your mother put a finger to her lips, and I read more quietly, although we were sure you were too busy with your own books to listen to a sinister story that you wouldn't have understood anyway. I remember it as if it were yesterday. ... and I began reading the seventh chapter. That's when it happened..."
"What?" whispered Meggie. "What happened, Mo?"
Her father looked at her. "They came out," he said.

Text excerpt from
2010 Nēnē Award Ceremony Inkheart Contest Winners
Official Cornelia Funke Web Site with biography, news and pictures
Author Name Pronunciation Guide --German name meaning Spark
Scholastic Biography with links to audio slideshow, video interviews, and movie trailer

Mrs. Virginia Koo, Nēnē Co-Chair
and Maryknoll Librarian,
read Cornelia Funke's Acceptance Letter at the 2009 Nēnē Ceremony

Scholastic "Explore Inkheart" and "Fantastic Fantasy by Cornelia Funke"
Scholastic Video Booktalk with transcript and Unit Plan with reproducibles Reading Guide
Official Movie Website with downloads and music video
Movie Activity Book in pdf
BookWrap Video Interviews
Scholastic Author of the Month site with video interview, full Transcript, and Discussion Guide.
Cornelia Funke Chat Transcript
CTYonline Discussion Guide (go to page 8) in pdf