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Champion reads – the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Are you looking for a great read? Try the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – what a bunch of brilliant books.

Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year is all about the award-winners.

The full list of winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:

Cover of The Boring Book Cover of The Beginner's guide to hunting and fishing Dunger Joy Cowley (Winner) Cover of Mortal fire Cover of A necklace of souls Cover of The Three Bears Cover of Bugs

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category: Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)

Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500: The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)

Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500: Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)

Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)

Best First Book: Prize $2,000: A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)

Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000: The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)

Honour award: Prize $500: Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)

Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April) Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)

 

Our own wonderful librarian Zac Harding – you might know him from this very blog – was a judge, along with Ant Sang and Barbara Else.

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Kids’ Books: picks from our March newsletter

Some fun new book picks from our March Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Children's Book of Mythical Beasts & Magical MonstersCover of The Ghosts of Tupelo LandingCover of Ophelia and the Marvelous BoyCover of The Lego MovieCover of Ice DogsCover of Canterbury QuakeCover of The Monster Fun Joke BookCover of The Sea of MonstersCover of The Pirate's Eye

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Kids’ Books: picks from our February newsletter

Looking for something fun to read? Our Kids’ Books newsletter has some great suggestions.

I particularly want to borrow iDinosaur, which, with the magic of Augmented Reality, lets you bring dinosaurs roaring back to life from the book page, by using your smartphone or tablet.

Cover of Cool Optical IllusionsCover of Sophie Hartley and the Facts of LifeCover of Survive!Cover of iDinosaurCover of School Made EasierCover of ChickadeeCover of The Forbidden StoneCover of Escape from Ice Mountain

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Kids’ Books: picks from our January newsletter

Princesses, pirates, explorers, mysteries and tyrannosaurs – check out some of the great picks from our January Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Princess TalesCover of Secrets at the Chocolate MansionCover of Explorer: The Lost IslandsCover of Tracking TyrannosaurusCover of It's Raining Cats and DogsCover of Magic Marks the SpotCover of Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger LabCover of The London Eye MysteryCover of The Twistrose Key

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Kids’ Books: picks from our December newsletter

Looking for something to read during the school holidays? Check out these great picks from our December Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Is That A Word?Cover of The Runaway DragonCover of RooftoppersCover of From Mud Huts to SkyscrapersCover of Handbook for Dragon SlayersCover of From Norvelt to NowhereCover of Even My Ears Are SmilingCover of Where the Mountain Meets the MoonCover of The Abominables

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Don’t forget also to take part in the Summertime Reading Club to be in to win some great prizes!

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Kids’ Books: picks from our November newsletter

Check out these great picks from our November Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of The Adventures of BeanboyCover of Zombie Baseball BeatdownCover of Counting by 7sCover of Sure Signs of CrazyCover of The Screaming StaircaseCover of Listening for LuccaCover of Down to EarthCover of ChopChop

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Kids’ Books: picks from our October newsletter

Some picks from our October Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of My Tourist Guide to the Centre of the EarthCover of Mister Max: The Book of Lost ThingsCover of A Cat Called ElvisCover of Lego Minifigures Character EncyclopediaCover of FishtalesCover of Cave of WondersCover of Flora & UlyssesCover of BoomCover of Only You Can Save Mankind

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Kids’ Books: picks from our September newsletter

Check out some of the great new titles in our September Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Art DetectiveCover of Bo at Ballard CreekCover of The Dragon's ToothCover of LEGO Man in SpaceCover of The  Name of This Book is SecretCover of The Mouse with the Question Mark TailCover of Romeo BlueCover of Smells Like TreasureCover of The Glitch in Sleep

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Check out some of the great new titles in our August Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Pi in the Sky Cover of The Hero's Guide To Storming The Castle Cover of I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail Cover of Life of Ty Cover of Space Blasters Cover of Fly Guy and the Frankenfly Cover of Follow Follow Cover of When Is a Black Hole not a Hole?

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LIANZA Children’s Book Awards winners

The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ceremony was on in Wellington last night (Monday 5 August 2013).

Here is the list of winners. Good reads guaranteed!

Cover of Red RocksCover of The Nature of ash

LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal. For the most distinguished contribution to literature for children aged 0-15. Red Rocks by Rachael King, (Random House New Zealand)

Pene Walsh, Awards Convenor and Gisborne Library Manager said:

although dealing with issues of a broken family, loneliness and bullying, this is an enjoyable and easy read, the story interwoven with myth, is written in a way that makes it entirely believable.

LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award. For the distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults aged 13 years and above. The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager, (Random House New Zealand)

The strong and extremely well-developed characters, along with the dystopian theme, formed an action-packed story that in many ways reflects the current issues facing humankind today.

LIANZA Illustration Award – Russell Clark Award. For the most distinguished illustrations in a children’s book. A Great Cake by Tina Matthews, (Walker Books Australia)

Matthews’ wood cuts and stencils are expertly used in a Japanese-esque style and layers and layers of colour and texture build to create the final illustration … A visually inviting cover is the initial link from picture, to story, to words, and the explosion of imaginative synapses in between.

LIANZA Non Fiction Award – Elsie Locke Medal
For a work that is considered to be a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
At the Beach: Explore & Discover the New Zealand Seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler, (Craig Potton Publishing)

It is a hot-chocolate-table book for not only the child who loves facts but the one who love quirky stuff and stories. It is a book for browsing.

LIANZA Librarians’ Choice Award 2013. Awarded to the most popular finalist across all awards, as judged by professional librarians of LIANZA. My Brother’s War by David Hill, (Penguin NZ)

Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori). Awarded to the author of a work, written in Te Reo Māori, which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people. Ko Meru by Kyle Mewburn, translated by Ngaere Roberts, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly (Scholastic)

Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau, Te Kura Pounamu Panel Convenor, says children will immediately be drawn into the story because of the simplicity of a lonely mule gazing into the sky dreaming of something new:

It is a humorous read with simple and colourful illustrations that will appeal to young readers. The friendly use of onomatopoeia works well with children and the descriptive and repetitive language will happily guide the reader to patu-patupatu, kiriti=karati, takahi-takatakahi through the story.

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Our July Kids’ Books newsletter has some great new titles:

Cover of The Natural World.Cover of A Tangle of KnotsCover of ThornspellCover of Breadcrumbs.Cover of FroggedCover of Wildwood.Cover of Life Below the City.Cover of Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf.

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Check out the great picks in our June Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: Best Friends ForeverCover: FearlessCover: The Secret TreeCover: Write This BookCover: Ophelia Wild, Secret SpyCover: The Silver DreamCover:  Art Lab for KidsCover: Sneaky Art

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Here are some great picks from our May Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: Information EverywhereCover: The Wrath of the GodsCover: Hold FastCover: My Grandma's KitchenCover: White Fur FlyingCover: Mistakes Were MadeCover: Little Kitchen Around the WorldCover: Eat Your Math Homework

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Here are some great picks from our April Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: Twelve Dancing PrincessesCover: Where's the Meerkat?Cover: If the Shoe FitsCover: JinxCover: Inside the TitanicCover: TitanicCover: Story of the TitanicCover: All Stations! Distress!Cover: It's Our Garden

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Hey kids, looking for some great new books to read? Check out these cool titles from our March Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: Treasure on Superstition MountainCover: A Hero for WondLaCover: Face BookCover: The Secret Order of the Gumm Street GirlsCover: Aladdin and the Enchanted LampCover: Three Times LuckyCover: Return to the WillowsCover: The Annotatated Phantom Tollbooth

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Hey kids, looking for some great new books to read? Check out these cool titles from our February Kids’ Books newsletter:

The Vengekeep PropheciesCover: My iPad for KidsCover: The Dragonet ProphecyCover: Prehistoric Actual SizeCover: Goldilocks and the Three DinosaursCover: Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric TypesCover: The Fairy-Tale PrincessCover: Amazing Giant Dinosaurs

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Here are some picks from our January Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: The 7 Professors of the Far NorthCover: Who Could That Be at this Hour?Cover: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies AgainCover: Starry River of the SkyCover: Heros of OlympusCover: Floors

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