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Pick Your Winner and Win Books

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.


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Join the Festival to celebrate the NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

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.

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The 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards winners

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

Best Non-Fiction

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

Children’s Choice

Melu by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly

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The 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists

The finalists in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced this morning.  There is a great selection of books this year, by some of our best authors and illustrators.  I think that the picture book and junior fiction categories are particularly strong and the judges have got a huge job ahead of them.  I’m aiming to read all of the finalists before the week of the Festival this year so I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each book here.

Have you read any that you really love?

Picture Book

  • A Great Cake, written and illustrated by Tina Matthews
  • Melu, written by Kyle Mewburn and illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
  • Mister Whistler, written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Gavin Bishop
  • Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum, written and illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton
  • Remember that November, written by Jennifer Beck and illustrated by Lindy Fisher

Junior Fiction

  • The ACB with Honora Lee, written by Kate De Goldi and illustrated by Gregory O’Brien
  • The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else
  • My Brother’s War by David Hill
  • Red Rocks by Rachael King
  • Uncle Trev and His Whistling Bull by Jack Lasenby

Young Adult Fiction

  • Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran
  • Into the River by Ted Dawe
  • The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager
  • Reach by Hugh Brown
  • Snakes and Ladders by Mary-anne Scott

Non Fiction

  • 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere
  • At the Beach: Explore and discover the New Zealand seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Chandler
  • Kiwi: the real story by Annemarie Florian and Heather Hunt
  • Taketakerau, The Millenium Tree by Marnie Anstis, Patricia Howitt and Kelly Spencer

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Congratulations to the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners!

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:

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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

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2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Winners

The 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced last week.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Picture Book WinnerRāhui (Te reo Māori edition)  by Chris Szekely; nā Malcolm Ross ngā pikitia; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori and Rāhui (English edition) Chris Szekely; illustrated by Malcolm Ross

Non-fiction WinnerNice day for a war: adventures of a Kiwi soldier in World War I by Matt Elliott; illustrated by Chris Slane

Junior FictionSuper Finn by Leonie Agnew

Young AdultCalling the gods  by Jack Lasenby

Book of the Year – Nice day for a war Matt Elliot; illustrated by Chris Sloane (Non Fiction category winner)

Children’s Choice – The cat’s pyjamas by Catherine Foreman

Best First Book – Super Finn by Leonie Agnew

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Who will win the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards?

The winners of the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards will be announced next Wednesday night at the awards ceremony in Wellington.  There were lots of great books in the awards this year and I’ve really enjoyed reading them.  Here are my favourites in each category:

Which finalists are your favourites?

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New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Finalists

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Congratulations, A Secret About My Writing, and Poem 3

HI EVERYONE – Are you getting snow? The weather forecasters said we were in for a big dump but in Twizel we’ve only had sprinkles so far and now the sun is shining brightly. I love snow. I love skiing on it, I love walking through it, I love how it paints the hills white. I do feel sorry for farmers and animals when big dumps of snow come though, and for people who need to drive somewhere when roads are closed or dangerous.

Congratulations to the winners of the LIANZA Awards – that’s the books librarians like the most. So well done from me to Fleur Beale, Diana Menefy, Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka, James Campton and Marianna Terezow. Writers sometimes get together to talk about books and writing. I have met Fleur two times, and she has given me wonderful advice about my writing. Fleur is a very talented and hardworking writer and a gentle, caring person whom I consider a friend.  I met Diana and Kyle in Auckland earlier this year. Diana had her book published by the wonderful team at Harper Collins, as I did; Kyle is a fellow South Island high country person (although he lives further south than me so he is probably getting snow right now) and he was a recnt Star Author on this blog! Kyle is also, well, let me say, I bit of a character!

The poem I am going to share today is from the third and last (?) book about Paddy. This story is currently called ‘Playing with the Past’ and I am probably about two-thirds of the way through writing it, but I still don’t really know how it is going to end or even if it is going to turn out to be a good story or not. I won’t know until it’s finished and I leave it for a few weeks or months and then read it again.

Here is a secret about my writing:

I’m not very good at planning out my stories yet, so they sometimes get a bit muddled or ‘lost’ and I have to go back and change them lots. I find that the problem with planning stories too much is that I find I don’t want to write the story because it is boring if I already know what is going to happen. Mostly, I like it when the character talks to me when I am writing and tells me what is going to happen next.


Playing with the Past is about exactly what the name of the story says – it’s about playing with the past in your head. Is that a good idea do you think? It does get Paddy into trouble and it means he isn’t always enjoying his own life because he is too busy finding out about and worrying about things that have happened in the past.

Here is a short poem that is in the story:

The ghost of Hooker Hut

Lives in the ladies room.

It sneaks out in the dead of night,

A shadow in the gloom.


Take care out there!

From Sandy Nelson


And from my border terrier puppy Kim, who likes:

1. Long walks

2. Food – lots of it!

3. Adventures

4. Cuddles from all of us

5. Trying to chase cats (she has to stay on a lead when we are out for walks; she is learning to not chase our cat Molly, but Molly is a tease who walks right past Kim and brushes her tail against Kim’s face in a very tantalising manner – sometimes Kim just has to give chase!)

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2011 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards

We’ve had the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and now it’s time for the 2011  LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.  The LIANZA awards are given by librarians for outstanding children’s literature in the categories of junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non-fiction and te reo Maori.   Here are the finalists in the Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustration category:

Junior Fiction – Esther Glen Award

Illustration – Russell Clark Award

Non-fiction – Elsie Locke Award

Which ones would you choose as the winners?  Find out more about the awards and the other finalists on the LIANZA website.

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Winners of the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards

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:

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Congratulations to Shaun Tan!

Shaun Tan, the award-winning author of some of the most amazing picture books, has won the biggest prize for children’s books.  The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was set up in memory of Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, and is awarded every year to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those who promote reading.  It is the richest award for children’s literature, with a grand prize of close to $NZ1 million!

If you’ve never read or looked at a book by Shaun Tan you don’t know what you’re missing out on.  He has illustrated more than 20 books, including The Lost Thing, Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Arrival, and my favourite, Tales from Outer Suburbia.  His illustrations are weird and wonderful, and he can tell an amazing story without using words.  Shaun Tan has been super lucky recently because his short film of his book, The Lost Thing, won an Oscar at the Academy Awards.

Congratulations Shaun!

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Congratulations to Brian Falkner!

Brian Falkner’s awesome book, Brainjack has just won the Best Young Adult Novel award at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.  The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders.  They are voted on by New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

Congratulations to Brian for winning the award, and if you haven’t already read Brianjack you can get your hands on a copy from the library.  You can read my review of Brainjack here on the blog and hopefully Brian will tell us all about winning the award when he joins us as our Star Author in September.

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Winners of the 2010 LIANZA Book Awards

Cover imageThe LIANZA Book Awards are a chance for librarians across New Zealand to pick their favourite New Zealand books of the year.  The winners are:

Congratulations to all the winners!  We are lucky enough to be having the winner of the Esther Glenn Award, Richard Newsome, coming to the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September, from 7-8pm.  We will also have an interview with Richard on the blog after the launch.  You can read my review of The Billionaire’s Curse here on the blog.

Have you read any of the winning books?

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2010 NZ Post Book Award winners

Here’s a list of the 2010 NZ Post Book Award winners.  Did you pick the winners?  Click on the title or author of the book to see if we have a copy in your library .

Picture Book  and Book of the Year – Old Huhu by Kyle Mewburn & Rachel Driscoll

Nonfiction – E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt

Junior Fiction – The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe

Young Adult – Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager

Children’s Choice Award – The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

Children’s Choice Nonfiction – Dear Alison by Simon Pollard (editor)

Children’s Choice Junior Fiction – Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

Children’s Choice Young Adult – Brainjack by Brian Falkner

Honour Award – The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy and David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder

Best First Book Award – The Bone Tiki by David Hair

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