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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+

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‘Kiwi vernacular’ strong in Book Design
 
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Yvonne Thynne from Penguin Random House NZ talks titles, media opportunities and upcoming hits

For this week's feature about international and domestic titles, Jillian Ewart interviewed Yvonne Thynne (below). Please find following, her full answers to the questions asked by Jillian. 
 
Some stats to start with please – how many new titles (combining imports and local authors) does Penguin Random House release each month?

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Gone but not lost
 

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards presented

The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards, presented in Wellington on Monday evening, have sparked a new level of interest this year with the support and partnership of Hell Pizza.
 
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.

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