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NZ Children’s Book Awards – 6th Annual Quiz 2015

July 3, 2015

NZCYA_logo_jpg_largeTararua District Library is once again celebrating the best of New Zealand’s books for young people with our sixth Annual Children’s Book Awards Quiz.  Primary schools from Tararua District are invited to submit team(s) of up to four Year 7 / Year 8 children, who will answer questions based on the finalist books listed below.

A CHANGE to previous years is that for non-fiction books, the questions will be based on the first ten physical pages of the book only (e.g. title page onward).

The quiz is held simultaneously in each town.  South School of Dannevirke are the current District Champions. Can any other Tararua school knock them off their coveted perch?  The Champion Team get possession of a trophy for a year, plus a prize.  The highest scoring team in each town also get a small prize.     Time to get reading – only 5 weeks to go!


Registration:     Entries close Friday 24 July 5pm (entry forms available at library or download Quiz Entry Form Tararua District Library New Zealand Children s Book Awards 2015 )

Location:            Your local library (any change of venue will be advised)

When:                  Thursday 6 August 2015

Time:                   6.30 pm sharp, estimated end time 8.30pm



Each of our libraries have one copy of the finalist books.   They may be available on the shelves, but most likely you will have to reserve them.  Reserves for these items are free, if on a child’s library card.  Each child may only issue the book one time, for a two week period with no renewals. To reserve, you can contact the library, or easily log into the online catalogue and do it yourself. Use this link  We have created a Reading List especially to make them easy to find.

Notes:  Parents, caregivers and teachers may attend the quiz to observe only. Smartphones or tablets are not allowed. Children may bring their own water bottle to the event.  Photographs of the winning team will appear on our Facebook page (not tagged), this blog and possibly the Bush Telegraph newspaper.


NZ Children’s Book Awards FINALISTS – Each book will have one round of questions based on it:


Picture Books

by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Walker Books Australia
I Am Not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic New Zealand
Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random House
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Huia Publishers
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Ghoulish Get-Ups: How to Create Your Own Freaky Costumes
by Fifi Colston
Scholastic New Zealand
Māori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill
by Debbie McCauley
Mauao Publishing
The Book of Hat
by Harriet Rowland
Makaro Press/Submarine
Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life
by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
Craig Potton Publishing
Junior Fiction
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand
by Leonie Agnew
Penguin Random House/Puffin
Dragon Knight: Fire!
by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Monkey Boy
by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg
The Pirates and the Nightmaker
by James Norcliffe
Penguin Random House/Longacre Child


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