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Best children’s books – NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Winners 2014

June 24, 2014

NZ Post Book Awards 2014Drum roll please …. and the winners are:

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year – “The boring book” by Vasanti Unka

Best Picture Book – “The boring book” by Vasanti Unka

Best Junior Non-fiction – “The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand” by Paul Adamson

Best Junior Fiction – “Dunger” by Joy Cowley

Best Young Adult Fiction – “Mortal fire” by Elizabeth Knox

Best  First Book – “A necklace of souls” by R L Stedman

Children’s Choice – “The three bears…sort of” by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley

Best Maori Language – “Taka Ki Ro Wai” by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page.

Honour Award – “Bugs” by Whiti Hereaka

“The Boring Book exhibits the highest quality of design and its presentation is thoroughly original. The story takes delightful unexpected turns that charm afresh with each reading. Small children and older readers alike will be delighted by its subversive touches, and they’ll be entertained by its warmth and fun,” says Barbara Else, the Awards’ Convenor of Judges. “We think The Boring Book will help cultivate a love of words and books. It combines beautiful production and perfect design, which seamlessly integrates the words and text. It’s refreshing on so many levels.”

 

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category
Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book
The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)
Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)
Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)
Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)
Best First Book: Prize $2,000A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)
Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)
Honour award: Prize $500Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)
Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April)
Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)

 

 

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