Bob Docherty, Annemarie Florian and Fiona Mackie have been appointed judges of the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
They have, between them, ninety years of experience working with books for children and they will deliberate on as many as 150 books over four categories: Picture Books, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Young Adult Fiction. They will select five finalists, then a winner in each category. The supreme winner, drawn from the winners of the four categories, will be declared the 2015 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.
It can’t be a boring book when The Boring Book wins a prestigious New Zealand prize for children and young adult books – the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. The Boring Book is also the winner in the Awards’ Picture Book category.
What special Kiwi gift can you give a small prince who is not even a year old? Specially inscribed Picture Books from the cream of New Zealand children’s authors — that’s what.
Prince George will be the recipient of the five finalists’ Picture Books for this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, whose finalists are announced today. Each book has a personal message from the author to Prince George.
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.
“Into the River was the book that stood out for us,” says Chief Judge and author Bernard Beckett.
“Traditionally, books aimed at the top end of the young adult market [ages 15+] have not been a strength of ours here in New Zealand, with most books aimed nearer the junior fiction boundary. We were delighted to see a book that both engaged and respected older readers, with material as subtle as it is honest and provocative.
“We congratulate Ted for his superb book, as well as the other winners and finalists who have shown the calibre of children’s books in New Zealand to be well above par.
“It was great to see new talent emerging to line up alongside more established authors and illustrators,” Bernard Beckett said.
The judging panel also comprised children’s literature expert and author Eirlys Hunter and presenter of Radio New Zealand’s Arts on Sunday programme, Lynn Freeman. Together, the panel handpicked 19 finalists from a field of more than a hundred children’s book entries.
The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards promote excellence and provide recognition for the best written and illustrated children’s books published by New Zealand authors each year.
As the winner of both the Young Adult Fiction category and the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, Mr Dawe received a total of $15,000 in cash prizes.
The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards winners for 2013 are:
Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Into the River*
by Ted Dawe
Mangakino University Press
100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa
by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere
Te Papa Press
Best Junior Fiction
My Brother's War
by David Hill
Penguin Group NZ
ISBN 9780143307174 (paperback)
ISBN 9781742532653 (e-book)
Honour award, Junior Fiction
The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series
by Barbara Else
Best Picture Book
by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop
Best First Book
by Hugh Brown
by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly, Scholastic NZ
NB. Into the River by Ted Dawe is aimed at young adult readers. Given that the book contains some explicit material we advise parental discretion.