Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards Finalists

Only two more days to go to find out who the winners of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards - here is the list of finalists:

Cowshed Christmas
Gavin Bishop, illustrated by Joy Cowley
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-073-8 pb RRP $24.99
Target age 3+

Old Hu-Hu
Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Rachel Driscoll
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-897-5 hb RRP $29.99
Target age 4+

Hū-Hū Koroheke (Te reo edition)
translated by Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira
ISBN 978-1-86943-518-9 pb RRP$18.99

Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to Dad’s Cafe
Diana Neild, illustrated by Philip Webb
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-910-1 pb RRP $18.99
Target age 3+

The Wonky Donkey
Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-926-2 pb RRP $24.99
Target age 2+

The Word Witch
Margaret Mahy, illustrated by David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 978-1-86950-707-7 hb RRP $44.99
Target age 6+

Ben & Mark: Boys of the High Country
Christine Fernyhough & John Bougen
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-068-4 pb RRP $36.99
Target age 8+

Dear Alison
Simon Pollard (editor)
Penguin NZ
ISBN 978-0-14330-460-9 hb RRP $30.00
Target age 5+

E3 Call Home
Janet Hunt
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-276-3 pb RRP $24.99
Target age 7+

Maria Gill, illustrated by Heather Arnold
Puffin Books
ISBN 978-0-14350-334-7 pb RRP $19.95
Target age 8+

Willie Apiata, VC: The Reluctant Hero
Paul Little & John Lockyer
Puffin Books
ISBN 978-0-14330-457-9 pb RRP $25.00
Target age 10+

Cry of the Taniwha
Des Hunt
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 978-1-86950-731-2 pb RRP $18.99
Target age 9+

Friends: Snake and Lizard
Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Gecko Press
ISBN 978-1-877467-26-4 hb RRP $ 29.99
ISBN 978-1-877467-25-7 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 6+

The Loblolly Boy
James Norcliffe
Longacre Press
ISBN 978-1-877460-25-8 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 10+

My Story: The Mine’s Afire!
Susan Battye & Thelma Eakin
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86943-887-6 pb RRP $17.99
Target age 10+

Raymond Huber
Walker Books
ISBN 978-1-921150-89-0 pb RRP $16.99
Target age 8+

Banquo’s Son
T.K. Roxborogh
Penguin NZ
ISBN 978-0-14320-249-3 pb RRP $37.00
Target age 12+

The Beginner’s Guide to Living
Lia Hills
Text Publishing
ISBN 978-1-921520-07-5 pb RRP $25.00
Target age 14+

Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing
Mandy Hager
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-150-6 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 13+

Brian Falkner
Walker Books
ISBN 978-1-921150-95-1 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 12+

End of the Alphabet
Fleur Beale
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-86979-070-7 pb RRP $19.99
Target age 12+

In selecting finalists, the judges consider points such as creative writing, use of language, impact, integrity, design and production values. Additional criteria for the Picture Book category include harmony between text and illustration. For the Non-fiction category the judges take into account integration of text, graphics, how illustrations were used to engage interest and enhance understanding, plus accuracy of data.

Finalists also compete for the coveted Children’s Choice Award, where kids, not the Awards’ judges, get to choose their favourite book. Voting for the Children’s Choice Award begins today. Long considered one of the highest accolades a children’s author can receive, children of school age from all over New Zealand vote on this Award. Voting can be placed online at or by using the special voting card available from bookshops, libraries and schools. Voting closes at 5.00pm, Friday 30 April.

All winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony held in Auckland’s Town Hall on Wednesday 19 May.

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