Some of New Zealand’s most esteemed writers, critics, broadcasters and artists have been selected as judges to choose the most outstanding New Zealand books published during 2013.
“We’re delighted with the variety and high calibre of the judging panels for the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards,” Juliet Blyth, the Chair of the Book Awards Governance Group said.
Entries open today for the nation’s most prestigious book awards: the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
Publishers are invited to submit books written by New Zealand authors and published in New Zealand in the last year. E-book entries are welcome as are books submitted by self-publishers. Awards Manager Amie Lightbourne says all entries must meet the awards’ eligibility rules.
“Books entered into the awards need to be widely available to New Zealanders, either on sale in bookstores throughout New Zealand, or available online from two or more leading online retailers”.
A teen novel that begins its dramatic journey on New Zealand’s East Coast has picked up the top prize at this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
Ted Dawe’s book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category. This engaging coming of age novel follows its main protagonist from his childhood in small town rural New Zealand to an elite Auckland boarding school where he must forge his own way – including battling with his cultural identity.
Cupcake parties, school quizzes, whānau storytelling times, a Parihaka peace celebration and a live Tuatara visiting a library are all part of this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards festival.
The festival runs from 17 June until the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony in Christchurch on Monday 24 June.
New Zealand’s most cherished children’s author will be commemorated with the renaming of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards’ top honour.
From this year, the best children’s book will receive the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.
Margaret Mahy’s quirky imagination touched every Kiwi who read one of her books and placed New Zealand’s children and young adult literature on the international stage. She passed away at the age of 76, last year.
An impressive variety of books make up the finalists of this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. And Chief Judge Bernard Beckett says it suggests we have a group of New Zealand writers who are confident enough to pursue their own interests.
Entries are pouring in for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and the judges are already excited at the prospect of reading so many fresh new books for young people.
Children’s literature expert and author Eirlys Hunter and presenter of Radio New Zealand’s Arts on Sunday programme, Lynn Freeman, will join Chief Judge, author Bernard Beckett, on the judging panel for 2013.
Some of our best writers and illustrators take to the streets, parks, libraries and schools all over the country next week in celebration of this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
Twenty of this year’s Awards finalists will visit towns and cities - from Whangarei to Invercargill - from the 7th to the 16th of May. They’ll be entertaining children of all ages; from tiny tots to teenagers with events as diverse as pyjama parties, scavenger book hunts, bi-lingual readings, carnivorous plant competitions and book character dance shows.
Canterbury literary legend, Margaret Mahy and internationally-recognised Dunedin illustrator, David Elliot, have won the country’s most prestigious gong for children’s literature, The New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year Award for their picture book, The Moon & Farmer McPhee