Finalists announced for NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Reading opens up the world for children. Here Samuel Loussouarn of My Little French Bookman reads to children at Red ...
MARION VAN DIJK

Reading opens up the world for children. Here Samuel Loussouarn of My Little French Bookman reads to children at Red Gallery on International Children's Book Day.

Anyone looking for a top book to share with their favourite young reader need look no further than the finalists of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

It's a strong list, featuring longtime favourites such as Fleur Beale, David Hill and Kate De Goldi as well as new talents including Jane Bloomfield and Kaeli Baker.

This year there two new awards, for illustration and te reo. Fiona Mackie, convenor of the judges, says there are some diverse and "amazingly imaginative works" amongst the finalists.

Fiona Mackie
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Fiona Mackie

"Smaller, niche publishers also submitted quality books, matching the well-established publishing houses in terms of presentation and the quality of production."

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The New Zealand Book Council, aiming to get more New Zealanders of all ages reading, runs the awards on behalf of the Book Awards Trust.

"Awards are a great platform to profile a range of excellent books and to create a bit of noise about the value of reading," says New Zealand Book Council director Catriona Ferguson.

"Additionally, they are a marvellous way of promoting our Kiwi writers and celebrating the work produced locally for children."

Children's books are being celebrated.
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Children's books are being celebrated.

The Children's Choice category runs alongside formal judging.

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NZ BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS FINALISTS

Young Adult Fiction

Wellington YA author Fleur Beale is one of the finalists in the awards.
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Wellington YA author Fleur Beale is one of the finalists in the awards.

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, Brian Falkner, Pan Macmillan Australia 

Being Magdalene, Fleur Beale, Penguin Random House 

Hucking Cody, Aaron Topp, Mary Egan Publishing

Lullaby, Bernard Beckett, Text Publishing

Sylvie the Second, Kaeli Baker, Mākaro Press

Junior Fiction 

Enemy Camp, David Hill, Penguin Random House 

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, Kate De Goldi, Penguin Random House 

Lily Max – Satin, Scissors, Frock, Jane Bloomfield, Luncheon Sausage Books

The Bold Ship Phenomenal, Sarah Johnson, Flat Bed Press

The Girl Who Rode the Wind, Stacy Gregg, Harper Collins

Non-Fiction 

ANZAC Heroes, Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, Scholastic NZ

Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper, Bob Kerr, Potton & Burton

See What I Can See, Gregory O'Brien, Auckland University Press

The Beginner's Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand, Steve Gurney, Penguin Random House

Whose Beak Is This? Gillian Candler, illustrated by Fraser Williamson, Potton & Burton

Picture Book

Allis The Little Tractor, Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge, Millwood-Heritage Productions

Finding Monkey Moon, Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Kate Wilkinson, Walker Books

Haka, Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, Huia Publishers

The House on the Hill, Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Sarah Davis, Scholastic NZ

The Little Kiwi's Matariki, Nikki Slade Robinson, David Ling Publishing 

Illustration 

Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper, Bob Kerr, Potton & Burton

Finding Monkey Moon, illustrated by Kate Wilkinson, written by Elizabeth Pulford, Walker Books

Hush: A Kiwi Lullaby, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, written by Joy Cowley, translated by Ngaere Roberts, Scholastic NZ

Much Ado About Shakespeare, Donovan Bixley, Upstart Press

The House on the Hill, illustrated by Sarah Davis, written by Kyle Mewburn, Scholastic NZ

Te reo Māori 

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki, Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi, Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa, Illustrated Publishing

Whiti te Rā! Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers

CHILDREN'S CHOICE FINALISTS:

Young Adult Fiction

Being Magdalene, Fleur Beale, Penguin Random House

Stray, Rachel Craw, Walker Books

Sylvie the Second, Kaeli Baker, Mākaro Press

Junior Fiction

Cool Nukes, Des Hunt, Scholastic NZ

Enemy Camp, David Hill, Penguin Random House 

The Girl Who Rode the Wind, Stacy Gregg, Harper Collins

Non-Fiction

ANZAC Heroes, Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, Scholastic NZ

First to the Top, David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris, Penguin Random House 

Wildboy, Brando Yelavich, Penguin Random House 

Picture Book

Kuwi's Huhu Hunt, Kat Merewether, Illustrated Publishing

Stripes! No, Spots! Vasanti Unka, Penguin Random House

The House on the Hill, Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Sarah Davis, Scholastic NZ

Te reo Māori

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki, Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia 

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi, Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa, Illustrated Publishing

Whiti te Rā! Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia

 

 

 

 

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