The finalists of the NZ kids' book awards are...

June 6, 2017

The NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage.

 

Awards in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in six categories. All awards carry prize money of $7,500. In addition, the judges may decide to award a best first book prize of $2,000 to a previously unpublished author or illustrator. The overall prize, the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, carries a prize of $7,500. The awards are judged by a panel of five*, and Te Kura Pounamu is judged by a separate panel of judges. This year's winners will be announced at an event in Wellington on 14 August.

 

Congratulations to the finalists for 2017 ... 

 

 

 

THE PICTURE BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

Fuzzy Doodle

By Melinda Szymanik

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Published by Scholastic NZ

RRP $27.00 (hardback); $17.99 (paperback)

 

Gwendolyn!

By Juliette MacIver

Illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

Published by HarperCollins Publishers (ABC)

RRP $29.99 (hardback)

 

A day in the life of Juliette MacIver

 

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur

By Terry Jones

Illustrated by Richard Fairgray

Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)

RRP $19.99 (paperback)

 

An interview with Richard Fairgray

That's Not a Hippopotamus!

By Juliette MacIver
Illustrated by Sarah Davis
Published by Gecko Press
RRP $29.99 (hardback)  $19.99 (paperback)

A day in the life of Juliette MacIver
 

The Singing Dolphin/Te Aihe i Waiata

Written and illustrated by Mere Whaanga
Published Scholastic NZ
RRP $27.99 (hardback)    $19.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

 

 

THE JUNIOR FICTION (ESTHER GLEN AWARD) FINALISTS

 

 

Helper and Helper

By Joy Cowley

Illustrated by Gavin Bishop

Published by Gecko Press

RRP $29.99 (hardback), $22.99 (paperback)

 

Helper and Helper reviewed

The sampling: an excerpt from Helper and Helper

 

My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point

By Tania Roxborogh
Published by Scholastic NZ
RRP $17.99 (paperback)


 

Sunken Forest

By Des Hunt

Published by Scholastic NZ

RRP $17.99 (paperback)

 

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

By Julie Lamb

Published by Mākaro Press (Submarine)

RRP $25.00 (paperback)

 

The Impossible Boy

By Leonie Agnew
Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)
RRP $19.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NON-FICTION (ELSIE LOCKE AWARD) FINALISTS

 

From Moa to Dinosaurs

By Gillian Candler

Illustrated by Ned Barraud

Published by Potton & Burton

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

 

 

 

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush

By Josh James Marcotte and Jack Marcotte
Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)
RRP $37.00 (paperback)

 

 

 

 

 

The Cuckoo and the Warbler

By Kennedy Warne
Illustrated by Heather Hunt
Published by Potton & Burton
RRP $29.99 (hardback), $19.99 (paperback)

 

 

The Genius of Bugs

Simon Pollard
Published by Te Papa Press
RRP $24.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

 

 

Torty and the Soldier

By Jennifer Beck
Illustrated by Fifi Colston
Published by Scholastic NZ
RRP $27.99 (hardback) $17.99 (paperback)

Crafts with Fifi: tiny walnut tortoises
Torty and the Soldier reviewed

 

 

THE YOUNG ADULT FICTION (COPYRIGHT LICENSING NZ AWARD) FINALISTS

 

 

Coming Home to Roost

By Mary-anne Scott
Published by Penguin Random House (Longacre)
RRP $19.99 (paperback)


 

 

Kiwis at War: 1916 - Dig for Victory

By David Hair
Published by Scholastic NZ
RRP $18.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Nobody's Watching

By L.J. Ritchie
Published by Escalator Press
RRP $24.99 (paperback)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting Stars

By Brian Falkner
Published by Scholastic NZ
RRP $18.99 (paperback)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Severed Land

By Maurice Gee
Published by Penguin Random House (Penguin)
RRP $19.99 (paperback)


The Severed Land reviewed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ILLUSTRATION (RUSSELL CLARK AWARD) FINALISTS

 

Fuzzy Doodle

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Written by Melinda Szymanik

Published by Scholastic NZ

RRP $27.00 (hardback); $17.99 (paperback)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladys Goes to War

Illustrated by Jenny Cooper
Written by Glyn Harper
Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)
RRP $19.99 (paperback)

 

 

 

If I Was a Banana

Illustrated by Kieran Rynhart
Written by Alexandra Tylee
Published by Gecko Press
RRP $29.99 (hardback)

 

 

 

Snark

Illustrated and written by David Elliot (after Lewis Carroll)
Published by Otago University Press
RRP $59.99 (hardback)

 

Searching for the Snark with David Elliot

 

The Day the Costumes Stuck

Illustrated and written by Toby Morris
Published by Beatnik Publishing
RRP $20.00 (paperback)

 

Toby Morris and the books his kids are reading

 

 

TE REO MĀORI (TE KURA POUNAMU AWARD) FINALISTS

 

 

Ngā Manu Tukutuku e Whitu o Matariki

By Calico McClintock

Illustrated by Dominique Ford

Translated by Ngaere Roberts

Published by Scholastic NZ

RRP $17.99 (paperback)

 

Ngārara Huarau

By Maxine Hemi
Illustrated by Andrew Burdan
Published by Huia Publishers
RRP $20.00 (paperback)

 

 

Te Haerenga Māia a Riripata i Te Araroa

By Maris O'Rourke
Illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley
Translated by Āni Wainui
Published by David Ling Publishing Limited (Duck Creek Press)
RRP $19.99 (paperback)

 

Te Kaihanga Māpere

By Sacha Cotter
Illustrated by Josh Morgan
Translated by Kawata Teepa
Published by Huia Publishers
RRP $20.00 (paperback)

 

 

Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa

By Ripeka Takotowai Goddard
Illustrated by Kimberly Andrews
Published by Huia Publishers
RRP $20.00 (paperback)

 

 

 

 

THE BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

 

 

Awatea's Treasure

By Fraser Smith
Published by Huia Publishers
RRP $25.00 (paperback)


The whakapapa of Awatea's Treasure

 

 

Like Nobody's Watching

By L.J. Ritchie
Published by Escalator Press
RRP $24.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

By Julie Lamb
Published by Mākaro Press (Submarine)
RRP $25.00 (paperback)

 

 

The Mouse and the Octopus

By Lisala Halapua
Published by Talanoa Books Ltd (Talanoa Books)
RRP $21.00 (paperback)

 

 

Wars in the Whitecloud: Wairau, 1843

By Matthew H. McKinley
Published by Kin Ltd (Kin Publishing)
RRP $26.99 (paperback)


 

 

 

 

 

 

* One of this year's judges is Sarah Forster, otherwise known as one of the two editors of The Sapling! Thanks to her discretion, Jane (the other editor) hasn't known a thing about the judging process or Sarah's thoughts about any of the books that were submitted for consideration. All of our coverage about eligible and shortlisted books has been, and will be, commissioned by Jane, so you won't be able to read into any of our finalist coverage to find hidden signs or pick the winners, because Jane won't know who they are until the prizegiving!

 

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