The Finalists in this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced! It’s time to get your displays up, order your stock and get these wonderful children’s books into your customers’ hands. Congratulations to all the finalists – it’s a great bunch of super books!
The charming Circa Theatre on Wellington’s waterfront will be the venue for the Awards event for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The date is set for 5.30pm on Monday, 8 August.
Entries in the awards close this week (week ending Friday, 26 February), and the judges’ shortlist of 30 titles across six categories will be announced on Tuesday, 7 June.
HELL has reinforced its commitment to getting more kids hooked on books, by sponsoring the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
The newly coined awards unite the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (NZBAT), to create a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage.
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) have announced today that they are merging their respective children’s book awards, setting the stage for even more activity and visibility around books for New Zealand children. Complementing the Awards, Hell Pizza has partnered with the New Zealand Book Awards Trust to sponsor the Hell New Zealand Reading Challenge.
Experts in children’s literature are once again being sought to help judge the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The call for judges opens on October 15 2015 and closes on October 30 2015. The selected judges’ work will begin in November when the first submissions date has passed.
A total of three judges are sought and the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, which governs the awards, is confident that terrific candidates will step forward and be selected. “We’ve always been delighted by the calibre and dedication of our judges,” says Trust chair Nicola Legat.
“It’s a very substantial job which involves hours of work, but they’ve always risen to the challenge because they believe in the power and importance of books and stories written by New Zealand writers for New Zealand children.”
At the beginning of the judging process, I likened the process of judging to be like a vintner looking forward to tasting this year’s vintage. Having tasted, the judges were well-pleased with the quality of the writing entered in these awards this year.
A beautifully told story of hope and promise set in the tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds, spanning issues of environment, conservation and relationships is the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award, in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Singing Home the Whale is also the winner in the Awards’ Young Adult Fiction category.