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


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 In addition, the judges may decide to award a best first book prize of $2,000 to a previously unpublished author or illustrator.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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