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Finalists and Winners: 2015 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards

March 27, 2015

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The Library & Information Association of Aotearoa New Zealand is delighted to announce these incredible finalists for our LIANZA Children’s Book Awards:

These are books that have been voted on by librarians throughout New Zealand, and the winners will be announced 15 June 2015.  If you would like to know more about the Awards, such as past winners, please see here.

Most are available for loan from our libraries.


Russell Clark Illustration Award Finalists

Marmaduke Duck on the wide blue seas / Sarah Davis  see more

Jim’s letters / Jenny Cooper  see more

Have you seen a monster? / Raymond McGrath  see more

So many wonderfuls / Tina Matthews  see more

Mrs Mo’s monster / Paul Beavis see more  WINNER!


LIANZA Young Adult (Novel) Finalists

I am Rebecca / Fleur Beale   see more  Librarian’s Choice Award winner!

The red suitcase / Jill Harris  see more

Singing home the whale / Mandy Hager  see more

Recon Team Angel: Vengeance / Brian Falkner  see more

Night vision / Ella West  see more WINNER!


Elsie Locke Nonfiction Finalists

The book of hat / Harriet Rowland  see more

A New Zealand nature journal / Sandra Morris  see more

Maori art for kids / Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke  see more WINNER!

Motiti Blue and the oil spill: a story from the Rena disaster / Debbie McCauley  see more

New Zealand sports hall of fame: 25 Kiwi champions / Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic  see more


Esther Glen Junior Fiction Finalists

Monkey boy / Donovan Bixley  see more

The volume of possible endings (a tale of Fontania) / Barbara Else  see more

Conrad Cooper’s last stand / Leonie Agnew  see more  WINNER!

Trouble in time / Adele Broadbent  see more

Letterbox cat / Paula Green  see more


Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Maori) finalists

Nga Ki / Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Kawata Teepa   see more

Hui E! / various authors

Tutewehi / Fred Te Maro

Kimihia / Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson WINNER!

An early Te Reo reading book series / Carolyn Collis  see more

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