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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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My favourite NZ books – Leonie Agnew

The best ever NZ children’s book … hmm. That’s got to be The Loblolly Boy. I love the story because it’s dripping with imagination. An invisible kid who can fly? Yes please. That’s my kind of story.

I also love how the author, James Norcliffe, made it seem so real.  Mr Norcliffe paints a dark side to this fairytale which makes it even more irresistible, as the Loblolly Boy discovers that dreams can turn into nightmares, unless you’re willing to take control of your own destiny.

I hear there is a sequel on its way. Stay tuned book lovers…

Leonie Agnew.

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My favourite NZ books – Sandy Nelson

Hi there Christchurch Kids!

My name is Sandy Nelson. I am the writer of ‘The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound,’ a story about a New Zealand boy who is haunted by some ghosts of sailors who died in World War Two – 1023 of them.

I am also a school teacher at Twizel Area School. Twizel is the nearest town to Mount Cook. This year I am teaching 26 wonderful Year 4 and 5 kids. My school is a bit unusual because it has students from ages 5 to 18 all at the same school.

In my family I have my husband Dean, 3 boys, a cat and a puppy. Keep reading and you will learn something about my puppy.

Zac has asked me to write about my favourite N.Z. children’s book. It has been really hard to decide on just one book. I have spent a lot of time gazing at the hundreds of books on my bookshelves.  I am going to tell you about 3 of my favourite New Zealand books.

The Halfmen of O is one of my favourite books for older kids. The writer is Maurice Gee. I have read this book to lots of classes. Sometimes kids get a bit scared so don’t read this story unless you are brave! The Halfmen of O is a fantasy book about two kids, Susan and Nick, who travel into a world called O. There are lots of fantasy / adventure books a bit like this, but this still my favourite. It is the first book in an excellent series. One of the reasons I like this book is that the setting of the real life parts of
the story is in one of my favourite places, Golden Bay, which is over a great big hill from Nelson.

The next book I am going to tell you about is another one that I like reading to classes. It is called Shipwreck and it is not about the Titanic or the Wahine. It is about a ship named Mikhail Lermontov. This ship came from Russia to New Zealand with lots of tourists and sunk in the Marlborough Sounds. Lots of New Zealanders went to help in little boats. The history parts of the story are true. The writer is Jules Older. This is a great story for 8-10 year olds. It was published in 1991. Hopefully you will still
find it on library shelves as it is a great story.

My last favourite story is a picture book for younger kids and for anyone who likes dogs and happy endings.  Herbert the Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton is another Marlborough Sounds story.  My family all loves this book, especially my 7 year old twin boys. That’s partly because it is about a dog that is the same kind of dog as our puppy (a border terrier) and because we
had a great family holiday at one of the places in the story, Duncan Bay. In this story Herbert falls off a boat and no one notices. He is found still swimming in the sea more than 30 hours later. This is a true New Zealand
story. The pictures are beautiful too.

Happy reading! And happy learning at school this term!

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My favourite NZ books – Adele Broadbent

NZ Kid’s Books Rock!

There are sooo many fantastic NZ Authors and books it’s impossible to choose only one, or two or even five!  But, since I can’t fill up the entire blog, I’ll pick a few of my favourites – ‘The Fat Man’ by Maurice Gee. This story is a thriller for kids. It’s intriguing, action packed and you can’t put it down.  Vince Ford’s ‘2Much4U’ is my favourite funny story – true LOL stuff. Ken Catran’s ‘Talking to Blue’ series is creepy freaky for older kids and VM Jones’ ‘Karazan Quartet’ would give Harry Potter a run for his money.

But no matter what you read – enjoy!

Adele Broadbent

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Read about Adele Broadbent on the blog

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Let the fun begin – New Zealand Book Month 2011

March is the month that we celebrate New Zealand books, authors and illustrators.  It’s New Zealand Book Month  – and we have some special events and competitions to celebrate our fantastic authors and illustrators.

Here in Christchurch, we are not letting Mother Nature ruin our fun.  Several events that we had planned for New Zealand Book Month are still going ahead and some of our fantastic New Zealand authors are blogging about their favourite New Zealand children’s books.

So tell us what your favourite New Zealand books are.  Just click on Add a comment at the bottom of this post and tell us what you think.  Any Christchurch kids (aged 8-12 years) who comment on the blog during March will go in the draw to win a selection of great New Zealand books.  Make sure you tell us your name and email address so that we can contact you if you win.

This competition has now closed but we’d still like to hear about your favourite NZ books.

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My favourite NZ books – Bill Nagelkerke

PhotoOne New Zealand book I particularly remember is Elsie Locke’s The Runaway Settlers, a story about a pioneering family who arrive in Lyttelton in 1858. They make a new home for themselves in Governors Bay, near Christchurch. I must have been about seven or eight years old when our teacher read this novel to our class. It had only recently been published. This was probably the first time I heard a story where events were happening in a place close to where I lived, not somewhere else altogether. It made me look at those places differently.

Many years later I was lucky enough to meet the author herself and talk to her about the book. Although Elsie is no longer alive, The Runaway Settlers is still around and it’s as good now as it was when it was first published forty-six years ago.

Bill Nagelkerke

So, what’s your favourite New Zealand book?

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