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New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 : Finalists

April 8, 2014

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adult finalists for 2014 are listed below.


  • Tararua District Library’s hotly contested annual NZ Book Awards Quiz for primary school children, run simultaneously at all four branches, will be on Thursday 22 May 2014 at 6.30pm.
  • Schools submit team/s of 4 children. The district winner gets a generous prize and possession of the trophy for a year. The best team in each town also gets a prize.
  •  Registrations are open; information packs are on the way to schools now. Organize your team or teams, and reserve the books (reserving is free for children; each book can only be reserved once per person; one week issue period ).  All books EXCEPT young adult and Maori are included in the quiz.
  • Winners in the past have been Huia Range in 2010 (Dannevirke), Eketahuna Primary 2011, and South School 2012, 2013 (Dannevirke).
  • Book titles are linked – just click on the title to find it in our catalogue. Logging in will allow you to reserve it, and/or see if it’s in at the moment.


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  (not included in our Quiz)

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 (not included in our Quiz)

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

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