The finalists in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards gathered in Christchurch on Monday night for the awards ceremony. The awards night is always themed, and this year the organisers went for a Witch in the Cherry Tree theme in honour of Margaret Mahy. The book of the year was also renamed the “New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year”.
I was nervous myself, hoping that my favourites would take out the award, so I’m sure the authors and illustrators themselves were incredibly nervous. Overall, I was pleased to see a couple of my favourites win awards, but I was disappointed that others missed out. I think that Red Rocks and The Nature of Ash are amazing books and if I could give Rachael King and Mandy Hager an award I would.
- Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year: Into the river Ted Dawe
- Best Non-Fiction: 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa Simon Morton & Riria Hotere
- Best Junior Fiction: My Brother’s War David Hill
- Honour award, Junior Fiction: The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series Barbara Else
- Best Picture Book: Mister Whistler Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop
- Best First Book: Reach Hugh Brown
- Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner: Melu Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly
- Non Fiction category winner: Kiwi: the real story Annemarie Florian and Heather Hunt
- Junior Fiction category winner: My brother’s war David Hill
- Young Adult Fiction category winner: Snakes and ladders Mary-anne Scott
Our pages on the NZ Post Children’s Book awards list current and previous winners, as well as category finalists.