New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalists announced

Posted: April 8, 2014 in nonfiction

logoThe finalists were announce today with the wiinners announcedm on 23 June in Auckland.

Children’s Choice opens today
Today also marks the opening voting for the ever-popular Children’s Choice Award. Primary school children and young adults can now vote for their favourite books from the 20 titles on the finalists’ list or the Māori Language award winner. Prize money of $2,000 is awarded to the author of the Children’s Choice winner. 

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adult finalists for 2014 are: 

Picture Books

Machines and Me: Boats by Catherine Foreman; Scholastic New Zealand

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka; Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin

The Three Bears … Sort Of by Yvonne Morison & Donovan Bixley; Scholastic New Zealand

Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis; Gecko Press

Watch Out, Snail! by Gay Hay & Margaret Tolland; Page Break Ltd


An Extraordinary Land by Peter Hayden & Rod Morris; HarperCollins Publishers (NZ)

Anzac Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry; New Holland Publishers

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock; Walker Books Australia

The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting & Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson; Random House New Zealand

Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston; Scholastic New Zealand

Junior Fiction 

A Winter’s Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik; Scholastic New Zealand

Dunger by Joy Cowley; Gecko Press

Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe; Random House New Zealand, Longacre

Project Huia by Des Hunt; Scholastic New Zealand

The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg; Harper Collins Publishers (NZ)

Young Adult Fiction 

A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman; Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager

Bugs by Whiti Hereaka; Huia Publishers

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox; Gecko Press

Speed Freak by Fleur Beale; Random House New Zealand

When We Wake by Karen Healey; Allen & Unwin

Winner – Māori Language award

Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa & Martin Page; Tania&Martin

  “The 2014 Awards finalists in all four categories are very readable, interesting and also fun books that will reach out to both teenagers and much younger readers. And we congratulate Keri Kaa on winning the inaugural Māori Language award for her wonderful book Taka Ki Ro Wai,” says Nicola Legat.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming New Zealand Post Book Awards Festival and Finalists Tour for Children    and Young Adults on 17-25 May, where there will be more than 200 events in 24 regions nationwide. During the nine days of the Festival children and young adults are encouraged to take part in a range of stimulating reading, writing and illustration-based activities focussed around the impressive quality of New Zealand books for their age groups.”

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are managed by Booksellers New Zealand and sponsored by New Zealand Post. The awards are also supported by Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens New Zealand.


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