Last night was one of the most important dates on the New Zealand children’s literature calendar: the night when the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for 2015 were announced and celebrated.
We are thrilled to join in congratulating these great authors and their fantastic books:
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and Young Adult Book Award
Singing home the whale by Mandy Hager
Picture Book Award
Jim’s letters by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Junior Fiction Award
Monkey boy by Donovan Bixley
Mōtītī Blue and the oil spill by Debbie McCauley
Best First Book
Māori art for kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Maori Language Award
Ngā kī Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan, translated by Kawata Teepa
Children’s Choice Award Winners
This year children were given the opportunity to choose the finalists as well as casting the vote for the winners. Nearly 16,000 votes were cast and these are the winners:
The Anzac puppy by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles
The island of lost horses by Stacy Gregg
The letterbox cat & other poems by Paula Green & Myles Lawford
Young Adult Fiction
Night vision by Ella West
Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with the judges’ choices?
Are you a young writer who wants to improve your writing? Do you love to meet authors and hear how they write their books? We’ve got two events coming up at Shirley Library just for you!
On Saturday 8 August Shirley Library will be hosting some of the wonderful authors who are finalists in this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Karen Healey is a finalist in the main book awards and both Desna Wallace and Natalie King are finalists in the Children’s Choice Award. There are two events for kids and teens that you can come along to for FREE:
- Writing Workshop with Karen Healey, 10:30am-12:00pm, Saturday 8 August – Join Karen Healey, author of While We Run, for a young adult writing workshop. Recommended for ages 10+.
- Fast Track Fiction, 5:00-6:00pm, Saturday 8 August – Join Karen Healey, Joanna Orwin, Desna Wallace and Natalie King as they unlock the secrets of their success as writers. Recommended for ages 10+.
You need to book for both of these events but they are free. To book phone 03-941-7923.
You might like to read the finalist books from these wonderful authors so check these out:
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are trying something new this year with an expanded Children’s Choice Awards. Children in schools from around the country have been given the opportunity to select their own list of finalists for the 2015 Children’s Choice Award. More than 6,500 children and young adults from 106 schools from throughout the country have selected their own finalists from the 149 books submitted for the Awards It’s an awesome opportunity and something that I wish I had had the chance to do when I was at school. I think it’s a great list and it’s good to see the difference between the children’s finalists and those of the judges.
Voting for the Children’s Choice is open now and closes on Friday, 31 July. This year there will be a winner in each category. We’ll be reviewing some of finalist books and interviewing some of the finalist authors here on the blog. Go and vote for your favourite book now.
Check out the finalist list for the 2015 Children’s Choice Award:
Young Adult Fiction