Awards News

HELL gets more Kiwi kids hooked on books

The HELL Reading Challenge has incentivised young New Zealanders to read more than 2.5 million books!
 
This reading revolution has very likely already been sparked in your local community, with HELL intent on firing up young Kiwis’ passion for literature.
 
Now in its third year, the HELL Reading Challenge has seen 400,000 Pizza Wheels distributed around the country to date.
 

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016

How to make the most of the Book Awards:

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!

Find out who this year’s finalists are here

Venue and Date announced for 2016 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

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 to sponsor new-look Book Awards

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.
 

Leading New Zealand Children’s Book Awards Merge And Hell Pizza Encourages Reading Addiction

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.
 

New Zealand Book Council contracted to administer NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has today signed a contract with the New Zealand Book Council to administer the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2016.
 
The New Zealand Book Council will take over administration from Booksellers NZ, although the latter will remain involved through membership of the Book Awards Trust and by providing financial support.

2016 Call for Judges

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.”
 
Application forms and background information can be downloaded below, or by emailing childrensawards@bookawards.org.nz

Judge's Report, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015

Introduction, by Bob Docherty, convening judge 
 
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.
 

Mandy Hager's Singing Home the Whale wins 2015 Margaret Mahy Book of the 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.