The winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are announced in just one week, at the awards ceremony in Auckland on Monday 23 June. There are some fantastic finalist books this year that we highly recommend. Some of them will take you to new, exciting places, and some of them are set in our own backyard. You can learn how to create a piece of wearable art or how to hunt and stew up a possum.
We want to know who you think will win. We’ve got some copies of the junior fiction finalists to give away and a couple of Subway vouchers. Just enter your winning book in the form below, along with your name and we’ll draw 5 winners next week. Competition closes Friday 20 June (Canterbury residents only).
This competition has now closed. Thanks to those who entered.
Have you ever wanted to come to the library in your pyjamas? Next week you’ll get the chance to do just that when Christchurch City Libraries celebrates the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Festival. The Festival, which runs from 17-25 May, gives children, young adults and their families the chance to celebrate the finalist books, authors and illustrators at various events around the country.
Here in Christchurch we are running Books Before Bedtime Pyjama Parties at Papanui, Shirley and South Libraries, where children and their families can come to the library after dark and enjoy stories, craft activities and have fun with iPads. For teens and adults we also have The Great NZ Children’s Book Quiz, a fun night where you and your friends can test your knowledge of the book awards and this year’s finalists.
One of my favourite events during Festival week is visiting local primary schools to read and promote the finalist books. As well as encouraging children to read the wonderful finalist books, we also give away heaps of books and other goodies, including holographic bookmarks. It’s tonnes of fun and the children always enjoy it.
We hope to see you at one of our events next week. Check out the library events calendar for details of the Pyjama Parties and the Festival events calendar for details of the Book Quiz.
The finalists in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards gathered in Christchurch on Monday night for the awards ceremony. The awards night is always themed and this year the organisers went for a ‘Witch in the Cherry Tree’ theme in honour of Margaret Mahy. The book of the year was also renamed the ‘New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year’ this year. I was nervous myself, hoping that my favourites would take out the award, so I’m sure the authors and illustrators themselves were incredibly nervous. Overall, I was pleased to see a couple of my favourites win awards, but I was disappointed that others missed out. I think that Red Rocks and The Nature of Ash are amazing books and if I could give Rachael King and Mandy Hager an award I would.
Read below to find out who won each category, as well as the Honour Book and Children’s Choice Award.
Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Into the River by Ted Dawe
100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere
Best Junior Fiction
My Brother’s War by David Hill
Honour award, Junior Fiction
The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series by Barbara Else
Best Picture Book
Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop
Best First Book
Reach by Hugh Brown
Melu by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly
It was an exciting time earlier this morning in the US when the winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. The Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and the Printz Award.
Congratulations to all the winners! I think it’s the first time that I’ve read and loved the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medal so I’m very pleased that they won. Here are the winners and honour books:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
There were three Newbery Honour Books announced too:
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
There were five Caldecott Newbery Honour Books announced too:
- Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
- Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
- Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
- Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue