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New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards Winners 2011

The winners of the 2011 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday evening, 18 May 2011.

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.

Nikki Kaye, the Member of Parliament for Auckland Central was the keynote speaker for the awards, which saw 11 books take home titles. The full list of winners are... 

Picture Book Category Award Winner and New Zealand Post Book of the Year
The Moon & Farmer McPhee
Margaret Mahy & David Elliot
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-406-4 hb RRP $36.99
Target age 4+

Non-fiction Category Award Winner

Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front
Leon Davidson
Text Publishing Company
ISBN 978-1-92165-607-1 pb RRP $25.00
Target age 13+

Junior Fiction Category Award Winner

Finnigan & the Pirates
Sherryl Jordan
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-927-9 pb RRP $19.50
Target age 7+

Young Adult Fiction Category Award Winner

Fierce September
Fleur Beale
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-328-9 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 12+

Best First Book Award

Best First Book Award Winner

Hollie Chips
Anna Gowan
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-931-6 pb RRP $18.50
Target age 8+

Children's Choice Awards

Children’s Choice Award Winner - Overall winner and Children's Choice Picture Book Category Winner

Baa Baa Smart Sheep
Mark Sommerset & Rowan Sommerset
Dreamboat Books
ISBN 978-0-9864668-1-6 hb RRP $29.99
Target age 3+

Children's Choice Award Non-fiction Category

Who's Cooking Tonight?
Claire Gourley & Glenda Gourley
Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN 978-0-14320-542-5 pb RRP $36.00
Target age 12+

Children's Choice Award Junior Fiction Category

Hollie Chips
Anna Gowan
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-931-6 pb RRP $18.50
Target age 8+

Children's Choice Award Young Adult Category

Smiling Jack
Ken Catran
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 978-1-86950-812-8 pb RRP $23.50
Target age 12+

2015 Winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are as follows: 

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award

Singing Home the Whale

by  Mandy Hager

Penguin Random House

 

Picture Book Award

Jim’s Letters

by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper

Penguin Random House

Junior Fiction Award

Monkey Boy

by Donovan Bixley

Scholastic New Zealand

Non-fiction Award

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill

by Debbie McCauley

Mauao Publishing

Best First Book

Māori Art for Kids

by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke

Craig Potton Publishing

Maori Language Award

Ngā Ki

by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Huia Publishers

(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

Children's Choice Award Winners

Picture Book 

The Anzac Puppy

by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles

Scholastic NZ

9781775430971

Junior Fiction

The Island of Lost Horses

by Stacy Gregg

HarperCollins

9780007580262

Non-Fiction

The Letterbox Cat & other poems

by Paula Green & Myles Lawford

Scholastic NZ

9781775432234

Young Adult Fiction

Night Vision 

by Ella West

Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781743317662

Download the winners' promotional poster here

Finalists for 2015 Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are:
 
Picture Books
 
Construction
by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Walker Books Australia
I Am Not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic New Zealand
Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random House
Keys
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Huia Publishers
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
 
Non-Fiction
 
Ghoulish Get-Ups: How to Create Your Own Freaky Costumes
by Fifi Colston
Scholastic New Zealand
Māori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill
by Debbie McCauley
Mauao Publishing
The Book of Hat
by Harriet Rowland
Makaro Press/Submarine
Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life
by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
Craig Potton Publishing
 
Junior Fiction
 
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand
by Leonie Agnew
Penguin Random House/Puffin
Dragon Knight: Fire!
by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Monkey Boy
by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg
HarperCollins
The Pirates and the Nightmaker
by James Norcliffe
Penguin Random House/Longacre Child
 
 
Young Adults
I Am Rebecca
by Fleur Beale
Penguin Random House
Night Vision
by Ella West
Allen & Unwin
Recon Team Angel: Vengeance
by Brian Falkner
Walker Books Australia
Singing Home the Whale
by  Mandy Hager
Penguin Random House
While We Run
by Karen Healey
Allen & Unwin
 
Māori Language Award
Hoiho Paku
by Stephanie Thatcher
Translated by Ngaere Roberts
Scholastic New Zealand
Ngā Ki
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Translated by Kawata Teepa
Huia Publishers
(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

2015 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards and PANZ Young Designer of the Year

‘Kiwi vernacular’ strong in Book Design
 
Every book needs a cover, and that is where the imagination, ideas and skills of New Zealand’s book designers are on display. But delve deeper and you realise design doesn’t end with a cover. Designers must demonstrate their skills in all areas, including typography and layout, to attract the judges’ attention in these awards.
 

Great Richness and Diversity in This Year’s Finalists in the NZ Book Awards For Children and Young Adults

 
Pirates, orcas and penguins leap from the pages of the 22 books picked as finalists in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. 
 
In the 25th year of these venerable awards, New Zealand authors have once again produced beautifully written and illustrated books that are wonderful to hold and read, showing that publishing for New Zealand children is in very good heart.
 
One hundred and forty-nine books were submitted for the Awards. A panel of three judges (judging convenor and children’s book reviewer and literary consultant Bob Docherty; author and children’s bookshop owner, Annemarie Florian; and teacher-librarian Fiona Mackie), with the assistance of Te Reo Māori language adviser, freelance Māori writer and editor Stephanie Pohe-Tibble, have spent months reading, analysing and enjoying all entries.
The finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are selected across four categories: Picture Book, Non-Fiction, Junior Fiction and Young Adult Fiction, and there is an additional award for books written in Māori, for which there are finalists for the first time. 
 
Judging panel convenor Bob Docherty says the judges were very pleased with the high quality of this year’s writing. “We likened the process to a vintner looking forward to tasting this year’s vintage. Having tasted, we all were delighted with this year’s production of titles – not only in terms of the actual writing, but also the fantastic quality and style of the illustrations and the actual presentation of the books. It’s heartening to see that book production in New Zealand is getting better and better. We’re pleased that publishers continue to put as much emphasis on the look and feel – literally – of a book as well as its content. 
 
“The Picture Book category gave the judges the most difficulty – in the best possible way. With a whopping 75 entries, there was fierce competition to pare these down to five finalists. This indicates that New Zealand is producing its fair share of wonderfully strong visual stories – stories with simple integrity yet with expressive characters, where both author and illustrator work together to capture our interest on every page,” says Bob.
 
“All books submitted in the Non-Fiction category were particularly impressive - almost in defiance of the trend for some libraries to dispense with their non-fiction collections in favour of online sources. The judging panel believed all the Non-Fiction entries contained material that was far superior to any online source, and all entries deserved to be finalists, says Bob.
 
There were 35 entries in Junior Fiction category. “All these books were a delight to read. This year’s finalists have combined comic book illustrations with the traditional novel format, and four of the five books have an historical connection. Fantasy and adventure also figure, and there is a strong anti-bullying link within the finalists’ titles in this category.
 
The judges agreed that all 21 entries in the Young Adult Fiction category were stunning. The high standard of writing reflects the calibre of New Zealand’s world-class writers. The human condition and teenage relationships were intimately discussed, and dialogue was a strong feature of all of these novels.
 
Two finalists for the Māori language award
Seven books were submitted in the Māori language award, with two selected as finalists. Te Reo Māori language adviser, Stephanie Pohe-Tibble, says that all of this year’s entries had something for every reader - from beginning speakers of Māori to children and whānau involved in kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori. The two finalists both stood out with their innovative approach to translation, wonderful text and illustrations, and creativity of storylines.

Stephanie says, “I hope that all parents wishing to enrich their children’s lives with the Māori language will get to spend some special time with their children reading and enjoying these books.”

 
New Children’s Choice finalists’ list now decided by children
Children’s choices rule in the newly revamped Children’s Choice Awards in 2015. This year, more than 6,500 children and young adults from 106 schools from throughout the country have selected their own finalists from the 149 books submitted for the Awards. In previous years, the Children’s Choice was made from the judges’ finalist list, rather than from the full number of submitted books.
 
Nicola Legat, chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, says, ”We wanted to hand this section over to the children – for them to decide which books they engaged with and which books they loved, rather than making their choices based on the criteria the judges used to make their decisions. Of the 20 books chosen as Children’s Choice finalists, seven match those on the judges’ list, so we’re very much looking forward to seeing the results of round two of the children’s vote over the next seven weeks.”
 
Voting for the Children’s Choice opens on Tuesday, 9 June and closes on Friday, 31 July. This year there will be a winner in each category.
 
Prince George to receive Picture Book finalists
For the second year, the five Picture Book finalists books are about to be sent to Prince George of Cambridge and his newborn sister Princess Charlotte. Each of the five books has a personal message from its author to both children. 
 
“Each year the New Zealand Book Awards Trust is sending Prince George, and now his little sister, specially signed books from the authors of the Picture Book finalists. As they grow older the Cambridge family will receive the Non-Fiction finalists, then the Junior Fiction. When George is 13, we’ll send the autographed Young Adult Fiction books. By the time the Cambridge children have grown up, they’ll have a wonderful collection of New Zealand children’s and young adult literature – all personally inscribed,” says Nicola Legat.
 
The finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are:
 
Picture Books
 
Construction
by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Walker Books Australia
I Am Not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic New Zealand
Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random House
Keys
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Huia Publishers
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
 
Non-Fiction
 
Ghoulish Get-Ups: How to Create Your Own Freaky Costumes
by Fifi Colston
Scholastic New Zealand
Māori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill
by Debbie McCauley
Mauao Publishing
The Book of Hat
by Harriet Rowland
Makaro Press/Submarine
Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life
by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
Craig Potton Publishing
 
Junior Fiction
 
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand
by Leonie Agnew
Penguin Random House/Puffin
Dragon Knight: Fire!
by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Monkey Boy
by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg
HarperCollins
The Pirates and the Nightmaker
by James Norcliffe
Penguin Random House/Longacre Child
 
 
Young Adults
I Am Rebecca
by Fleur Beale
Penguin Random House
Night Vision
by Ella West
Allen & Unwin
Recon Team Angel: Vengeance
by Brian Falkner
Walker Books Australia
Singing Home the Whale
by  Mandy Hager
Penguin Random House
While We Run
by Karen Healey
Allen & Unwin
 
Māori Language Award
Hoiho Paku
by Stephanie Thatcher
Translated by Ngaere Roberts
Scholastic New Zealand
Ngā Ki
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Translated by Kawata Teepa
Huia Publishers
(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

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LIANZA Children’s Book Awards presented

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To coincide with the LIANZA Finalist announcement in early June, a national reading campaign kicked off in libraries and schools across the country. Children and teens were rewarded with a free ‘333 Kids Pizza’ after completing a ‘pizza reading challenge’.
 

Vasanti Unka's The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post 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.