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

The winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards are announced on Wednesday night at a special awards ceremony in Auckland.  I’m very lucky because I get to fly up to Auckland to be there when they announce the winners, and I’ll get to meet all the authors and illustrators that are finalists this year.

Here’s who I think should win:

We want to know what are your favourite finalist books.  Who do you think will win?

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Celebrating The Big Read at Thorrington School

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?

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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2011 – Diana Menefy

My name is Diana Menefy and I wrote Shadow of the Boyd.  I started writing Shadow of the Boyd ten years ago, and completed it in three separate bursts of writing.  I nearly didn’t finish it, because each time my writing got interrupted it was harder to get back into the story and the time period it was set in 1809. I’m so glad I persisted, because it has turned out to be a neat book and all my hard work has been rewarded with my selection as a finalist in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.  Thomas was a special person who started out as a naive boy and grew into a strong character.  I had such fun writing Thomas.  I laughed, and cried, with him.  I think I learnt almost as much as the real Thomas had to when he started his apprenticeship on the Boyd.

Read Rhys’ review of Shadow of the Boyd.

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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Canterbury Festival

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 or email .  We look forward to seeing you there.

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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2011 – Betty Brownlie

My name is Betty Brownlie and I enjoy writing wildlife books for children.   My recent book, The Life Cycle of the Pukeko is a finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, 2011.

The Life Cycle of the Pukeko is illustrated with beautiful, full colour photographs and is bursting with fascinating information. For example, did you know that the male pukeko builds the nest for his mate, but she will inspect other nests in the area and will choose the best-looking one in which to lay her eggs – even if there are already eggs in it?

You will have fun learning about this interesting bird, and when you see it out in a paddock or poking around in a swamp, you’ll know exactly what it’s up to!

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Finalists offer free ebook to Christchurch kids

coverHi, my name is Clare Gourley and my book Who’s cooking tonight is a finalist in the nonfiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.  I figured lots of you will be the same as me – you love eating food but you’re always busy with friends, school and sport and don’t have much time to spend cooking. You won’t want to settle for average food and you’re looking for some great tasting ideas which use basic food skills. If you’re ‘I don’t do complicated’, I’m sure you’ll love these recipes.

I’m all for having a bit of fun – so I’ve put recipes together in a way that kids our age think … some are total classics – others a bit more ‘out there’. I have also created a lot of YouTube videos for any tricky bits – so you can work things out for yourself and not have to ask anyone! All the links are on my website, and you can download a free sample of Who’s Cooking Tonight as well –

Free ebook offer

Until 12 May we would like to make the ebook of It’s my Turn to Cook Tonight available free to the students in Christchurch.  Go to and enter the password forchristchurch. So download the ebook and get cooking some delicious meals for your family.

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