And the winners are….

The awards ceremony for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards was held in Auckland last night to announce the winners of our country’s top awards for children’s and young adult writers.  The winners are:

Picture Book  and Book of the Year – Old Huhu by Kyle Mewburn & Rachel Driscoll

Nonfiction – E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt

Junior Fiction – The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe

Young Adult – Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager

Children’s Choice Award – The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

Children’s Choice Nonfiction – Dear Alison by Simon Pollard (editor)

Children’s Choice Junior Fiction – Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

Children’s Choice Young Adult – Brainjack by Brian Falkner

Honour Award – The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy and David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder

Best First Book Award – The Bone Tiki by David Hair

As usual, I can’t pick the winners (luckily I’m not a betting man) but I was glad to see my favourites (Brainjack and Wonky Donkey) getting the childrens’ vote.  I think we should leave the voting up to the children every time as they pick the books that appeal to them, not what appeals to adults.

Did you manage to pick the winners and what did you think of the judges choices?

4 thoughts on “And the winners are….

  1. El Zorro 20 May 2010 / 4:20 pm

    Old Hu-Hu flew to the moon and back. And won! Kyle and Rachel’s book is an obvious winner, so captivating…
    I am happy about David Hair as well, keep that “Maori Gothic” coming!

    • zackids 21 May 2010 / 11:08 am

      They deserve every recognition. They are a fantastic publisher with a growing catalogue of unique and beautiful books. Well done Julia Marshall and Gecko Press!

  2. Alice 24 May 2010 / 10:00 am

    I picked the YA winner – 2 years in a row now! No that I’m boasting – or anything like that!

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