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New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2013

April 5, 2013

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalists for 2013 have been announced. They are as below.

The winners from each category will be announced in June. The Junior Fiction,  Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Awards carry a prize of $7,500 each. For the Picture Book Award, the author and illustrator receive $3,750 each.  Prize money of $2,000 is awarded for the Best First Book, the Children’s Choice winner, and the grand winner of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year receives additional prize money of $7,500.


  • Tararua District Library holds an annual NZ Book Awards Quiz for children, run simultaneously at all four branches on 20 June 2013.  Schools submit team/s of 4 children to compete, and the district winner gets a generous prize and possession of the trophy for a year, and the best team in each town also gets a prize.  Winners in the past have been Huia Range (Dannevirke), Eketahuna Primary, and South School (Dannevirke).  Registrations are not yet open, however that won’t prevent you from beginning to organize your team or teams, and reserve the books (reserving is free however limited to two weeks issue period, note that more copies or copies of books we don’t have in the collection are currently on order).  Clicking on the photograph will take you to the catalogue.  All books EXCEPT young adult are included in the quiz.



A Great Cake by Tina Matthews Published by Walker Books ISBN 9781921720062

Tina Matthews is an artist and designer who has worked in children’s theatre and television for 25 years, including on Bananas in Pyjamas, The Ferals, The Upside Down Show and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. She is the author of Out of the Egg.


Melu by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly Published by Scholastic ISBN 9781775430278

Kyle Mewburn has written a number of picture books for Scholastic including the award-winning Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!, and the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year, Old Hu-Hu. Kyle’s zany sense of humour is also used to good effect in his junior fiction series, Dinosaur Rescue.


Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop Published by Gecko Press ISBN 9781877467912

Gavin Bishop is an award winning children’s picture book writer and illustrator who lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand. As author and illustrator of nearly 60 books his work ranges from original stories to retellings of Maori myths, European fairy stories, and nursery rhymes.

The late Margaret Mahy was one of New Zealand’s most prolific authors, producing over 150 books, including some of the most loved such as A Lion in the Meadow.

cv_mr_bear_branchesMr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum by Terri Rose Baynton Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9780733329210

Terri Rose Baynton lives in the beautiful seaside town of Waihi Beach, New Zealand, amongst good friends, warm waves and a menagerie of animals. She is a scriptwriter and storyliner for children’s television, working with Weta Productions on JANE AND THE DRAGON and THE WOTWOTS.

cv_remember_that_novemberRemember That November / Maumahara ki tērā Nōema by Jennifer Beck, Lindy Fisher & Kawata Teepa Published by Huia ISBN 9781775500100

Jennifer Beck is an award-winning writer and author of more than forty five children’s books. Her books have been recognised at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in the picture book, book of the year and children’s choice categories and have been included in the Storylines Notable Books Lists.

Lindy Fisher is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator. She has illustrated over 75 postage stamps and illustrated children’s picture books. She and Jennifer Beck have won awards for Nobody’s Dog (Children’s Choice Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards, 2006), A Present from the Past (Honour Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2007) and Stefania’s Dancing Slippers (Silver Medal, Moonbeams Children’s Book Awards, 2008).


cv_A_B_C_with_Honora_lee_1The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi & Gregory O’Brien. (Random House)

Kate de Goldi is one of this country’s most loved authors. The author of the phenomenal The 10 PM Question, which has been published extensively overseas, she is a two-time winner of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year Award. She has held several major fellowships and is a respected broadcaster, book festival chair and public speaker.

cv_the_queen_and_the_nobody_boyThe Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else Published by Gecko Press ISBN 9781877579233

Barbara Else is the author of six adult novels, and is one of New Zealand’s most respected writers. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, and has worked as a university tutor, editor and freelance writer.

cv_my_brothers_war_0My Brother’s War by David Hill Published by Penguin Books ISBN 9780143307174

David Hill spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Napier. He studied at Victoria University and became a high school teacher, teaching both in New Zealand and the UK. He became a full-time writer in 1982 and is one of this country’s most highly regarded authors for children and young people. David’s books have been published internationally and his short stories and plays for young people have been broadcast here and overseas. David has won awards for his writing in this country and overseas. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.

cv_red_rocksRed Rocks by Rachael King Published by Random House ISBN 9781869799144

Rachael King is the author of two novels for adults: Magpie Hall and The Sound of Butterflies, which won the award for the best first novel at the 2007 Montana Book Awards and was published in ten languages. The idea for Red Rocks came to her as she walked her first baby son around Wellingtons wild south coast and thought it a place where magic could happen. Now with two sons, she wanted to write down the story for them and is thrilled to share it with other children as well. In 2008 Rachael was the Ursula Bethell Writer in residence at Canterbury University, and she has lived in Christchurch ever since.

cv_uncle_trev_and_his_whistling_bullUncle Trev and His Whistling Bull by Jack Lasenby Published by Gecko Press ISBN 9781877467158

Jack Lasenby (born 1931) is one of New Zealand’s most important children’s book authors. His novels and short stories have earned numerous honours, including key awards and fellowships. In 2003 he received the Margaret Mahy Medal for contribution to the world of children’s literature. Jack has written dozens of books for children and young adults. His writing is characterised by a portrayal of childhood as full of hard lessons, adventure and the search for self-determination. His most popular books include Harry Wakatipu, the ‘Uncle Trev’ series and the ‘Aunt Effie’ series.



Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9781869509415

Ken Catran is a scriptwriter and author of television series and more than fifty books. He has won ten writing awards. He and his partner, Wendy, live in South Canterbury and are owned by two cats.

cv_into_the_riverInto the River by Ted Dawe Published by MUP ISBN 9780473205089

Ted Dawe writes fiction for young adults. He has worked over the years as an insurance clerk, store man, builder’s labourer and fitter’s mate, and flown hot air balloons over Hyde Park. He’s also been a university student, world traveller, high school teacher, and English language teacher. His first novel Thunder Road won both the Young Adult Fiction section and the Best First Book award at the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

Nature%20of%20Ash%20front%20cover%20image_UPDATED_websiteThe Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager Published by Random House ISBN 9781869799038

Mandy Hager is a Wellington author and educator. She won the Esther Glen Award for Fiction for her novel Smashed and Best Young Adult Book in the NZ Post Book Awards 2010 for The Crossing.

cv_reach_0Reach by Hugh Brown Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9781869509569

Hugh Brown is the inaugural winner of the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction.

cv_snakes_and_ladders_0Snakes and Ladders by Mary-anne Scott Published by Scholastic ISBN 9781775430407

Mary-anne Scott was born in Hastings, NZ, into a large family of nine children. Her mother, Joy Watson, authored the award-winning Grandpa’s Cardigan series. Reading and music were her main interests as she grew up and everyone in the family learned at least two instruments. Mary-anne is married with four sons, and lives in Havelock North. Snakes and Ladders is her first book.


1cv_100_amazing_tales_from_aotearoa00 Amazing Tales From Aotearoa by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere Published by Te Papa Press ISBN 9781877385797

Simon Morton is a Wellington-based broadcaster and presenter best known for his TV ONE show ‘Why We Buy’ and his Radio New Zealand National series ‘This Way Up’. Riria Hotere (Ngati Maniapoto and Te Aupouri) is an actor in ‘Korero Mai’ and former member of Te Papa’s education team.

cv_kiwi_the_real_story_0Kiwi: the real story by Annemarie Florian & Heather Hunt Published by New Holland ISBN 9781869663780

Annemarie Florian is an independent bookseller at Storytime: Award-winning Books & Toys in Whangarei. She has previously convened the Russell Clark Award and is currently bookseller representative on the management committee of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. She has collaborated with Heather Hunt on two other books: Time to Sleep and Books for Babies. Heather Hunt is an illustrator, graphic designer, artist and photographer. She recently worked with Backyard Kiwi, a local Landcare Whangarei initiative, to design a distinctive and unique kiwi character, which has now been portrayed in a range of art prints.

Tcv_the_millenium_tree_0aketakerau, The Millennium Tree by Marnie Anstis, Patricia Howitt & Kelly Spencer Published by Marnie Anstis in association with Steele Roberts Aotearoa ISBN 9781877577680

Marnie Anstis and her husband Peter own and run a farm and kiwifruit orchard near the Hukutaia Domain, where the Taketakerau tree still stands, in Bay of Plenty. This is her first book.

Patricia Howitt works as a freelance artist and has artworks in collections in New Zealand and abroad.

cv_at_the_beach_2At the Beach: Explore & discover the New Zealand seashore by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler Published by Craig Potton Publishing ISBN 9781877517747

Ned Barraud is a talented illustrator with a passion for sea creatures. His work has been published frequently in the School Journal, and he illustrated The Earthquake and the Butterfly (2012). He works at Weta Digital as a texture artist and lives in Wellington, spending lots of time exploring the seashore with his three young children. Gillian Candler was a secondary-school teacher for many years before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media in Wellington, where she worked as an editor, project manager and eventually CEO. She currently works as an educational publishing consultant.


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