NZ Bookshop Day is happening on Saturday 27 October 2018!

This year sees the fifth iteration of NZ Bookshop Day, which celebrates the cornerstone of our communities, our local bookshops. If books are your gateway to another world, bookshops are the portal. Last year, we asked for love letters to your local bookshops, this year we are celebrating the books you all love. Bookshops nationwide are celebrating with events, competitions and great deals on books all over New Zealand.

Check out what's on near you!

Vote now for your Bestseller of the Decade!

Our posters this year declare 'Love Books, Shop Local' and 'He Whakatā He Pukapuka - A rest means a book', alongside 'It's not hoarding if its books' and 'Love your brain. Read a book.'

But don't wait for 27 October to celebrate your favourite community bookshop: head into any of our member stores now and talk to a booklover. 


Media Release: A Decade of NZ Bestsellers to Celebrate this NZ Bookshop Day

Seven NZ novels, eight children’s & YA books and five non-fiction titles comprise the Top 20 Bestsellers voted as favourites by booksellers from all over New Zealand. Now, the public have their opportunity to vote for their Bestseller of the Decade, in celebration of the fourth annual NZ Bookshop Day on Saturday, 27 October.

The Nielsen Bestsellers list is the pinnacle of cooperation within the book industry. Without the efforts of authors, publishers, booksellers, media and of course our end users the readers, our homegrown titles can easily disappear within a crowded shelf in a bookstore. Chair of Booksellers NZ and Manager of VicBooks and Café Juliet Blyth says,

‘Knowing what is selling week in and week out is incredibly important to the book industry, and we are excited to celebrate 10 years of Nielsen bestsellers this year. Our booksellers have chosen their Top 20 bestselling titles, and they are the experts, so you can be sure these are all quality books.’

Nielsen BookScan began recording book sales in New Zealand in December 2008, showing booksellers, publishers and the public where our national interest lies. The 60 titles which our expert booksellers voted from comprised our 20 top selling NZ Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s & YA books.

Here is the list the experts picked as their Booksellers’ Top 20 Bestsellers of the Decade:

  • All Blacks Don't Cry, by John Kirwan (Penguin NZ) 
  • Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook, by Annabel Langbein (Annabel Langbein) 
  • As the Earth Turns Silver, by Alison Wong (Penguin NZ) 
  • Badjelly the Witch, by Spike Milligan (Puffin) 
  • Chappy, by Patricia Grace (Penguin NZ) 
  • Eat, by Chelsea Winter (Penguin NZ) 
  • Edmonds Cookery Book, by Goodman Fielder (Hachette NZ) 
  • Grandma Joins the All Blacks, by Helen McKinlay (HarperCollins NZ) 
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, by Lynley Dodd (Puffin) 
  • Herbert: The Brave Sea Dog, by Robyn Belton (Potton & Burton) 
  • Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones (Penguin NZ) 
  • Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too, by Deborah Hinde & Jane Millton (Allen & Unwin NZ) 
  • New Zealand Landscapes, by Andris Apse (Potton & Burton) 
  • The 10pm Question, by Kate De Goldi (Longacre) 
  • The Conductor, by Sarah Quigley (Vintage) 
  • The Hut Builder, by Laurence Fearnley (Vintage) 
  • The Little Yellow Digger, by Betty Gilderdale (Scholastic NZ) 
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton (VUP) 
  • The Wish Child, by Catherine Chidgey (VUP) 
  • The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley (Scholastic NZ) 

Bookshops all over New Zealand will be celebrating these titles with events and celebrations on NZ Bookshop Day, Saturday 27 October.

And there is a chance to win one of two prizes $500 of Book Tokens to fuel your future reading habits! While the Bestseller of the Decade will be decided by whichever title receives the most votes, all voters both online and offline will be entered into a random draw for $500 Book Tokens.

Voting is now open at Join in and celebrate our nation’s literary success stories this NZ Bookshop Day. 


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Bestseller of the Decade Terms & Conditions: This competition is open only to residents ofNew Zealand. The Book Tokens are physical tokens which must be redeemed at a participating bookshop, a list of which can be found at The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, 27 October 2018. We guarantee no data entered in this form will be shared with any third party, or used for any purpose other than the entry into this competition. The winner of the online draw will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. The online draw is entirely separate to the physical draw, and the prize is separate. You may enter both draws if you wish.

If you wish to contact Booksellers NZ about this competition, please email with 'NZ Bookshop Day' in the subject line.