And the winners of the Book Awards are …

Freshly announced at the Awards Ceremony in Wellington, the winners of the 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are …

The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration


Illustrated and written (after Lewis Carroll) by David Elliot

Published by Otago University Press

RRP $59.99 (hardback)

The Picture Book Award

That’s Not a Hippopotamus

By Juliette MacIver

Illustrated by Sarah Davis

Published by Gecko Press

RRP $29.99 (hardback), $19.99 (paperback)

The Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

My NZ STORY: Bastion point

By Tania Roxborogh

Published by Scholastic NZ

RRP $17.99

The Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush

By Josh and Jack Marcotte

Published by Penguin Random House

RRP $37.00

The Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction

The Severed Land

By Maurice Gee

Published by Penguin Random House

RRP $19.99 (paperback)

Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori


By Sacha Cotter

Illustrated by Josh Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Published by Huia Publishers

RRP $20.00 (paperback)

The Best First Book Award

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

By Julie Lamb

Published by Mākaro Press

RRP $25.00 (paperback)