I was lucky enough to be able to go along to the awards ceremony for the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards last night. It’s a very sparkly, special night with New Zealand’s best authors and illustrators and I got to meet lots of them. The winners of each of the categories were announced including the Children’s Choice awards and the Book of the Year award.
The winners are:
On Wednesday we celebrated The Big Read in Christchurch as part of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. Ms. Hill (the fabulous librarian at Queenspark School) and I joined the children at Thorrington School to share some of the finalist books in this year’s awards.
With Year 5 and 6 Ms. Hill and I read some of the finalist picture books, including one of the most popular books, Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset. If you haven’t read this hilarious (and gross) picture book, make sure you get a copy from the library. We also tested how well the children at Thorrington knew their book characters by challenging them to a book quiz.
After lunch, the Year 1-4 children were in for a treat. As well as listening to the librarians reading the finalist picture books, they were also lucky enough to have Margaret Mahy come and tell some stories. She told her fantastic story, Down the Back of the Chair and read her latest book, The Moon and Farmer McPhee, which is also a finalist in the book awards this year.
How did you celebrate The Big Read?
The week long celebration of the 2011 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards kicks off on Monday 9 May and runs until 17 May. The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Festival is run throughout the country and it’s a great chance for you to celebrate the finalist’s in this year’s Awards.
Here in Canterbury we have a fantastic programme of events throughout the week, including storytelling at the Christchurch Farmer’s Market and a tour around the native bush of Riccarton Bush on Saturday 14 May, some visits to Canterbury schools by finalist author, Kyle Mewburn, and some cool competitions that you can enter. Your school might even be celebrating by joining The Big Read on Wednesday 11 May. Make sure you enter our festival competitions for your chance to win some of the finalist books.
For more details about the Canterbury Festival, check out bethere.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to seeing you there.
If you’re looking for something to do these school holidays you can enter the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards competitions. There are two competitions and they are open to anyone from 0-18 years so if you have any brothers or sisters that want to enter they can too. The competitions relate to two of the finalist books:
You can submit your entries by dropping them into Hornby Library, South Library or The Reading Bug Bookshop, or email them to email@example.com. Entries close on Wednesday 18 May and an exhibition of the finalists’ work will be displayed in South Library from 1 May-18 May.
There are lots of prizes up for grabs and everyone who enters will get invited to the prize giving on Friday 20 May at South Library. Get creative for your chance to win!
This picture book is about a hill and a hole. They are good friends and they very happy too. One day they want a change, but will it that easy …? Read the book to find out the ending!
This is a lovely book with good ideas and lovely pictures. I found the Auckland Sky Tower in one of them. Have a look for it.
This is a New Zealand Post Book Award finalist for 2011 so go and vote vote vote! You can vote at your local Library. Children might win a big prize just for voting and the book with the most votes wins an award.
Eibhlin, aged 8.