Pirates, orcas and penguins leap from the pages of the 22 books picked as finalists in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
2015 is the 25th year of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and the judges have just announced a great line up of finalists. These are the best books written by New Zealanders in the last year, so best you go and grab them off the library shelves.
Do you want to help choose the winners in the NZ Children’s Book Awards? Be part of the Children’s Choice voting and have your chance to vote for the NZ books you think are the best.
Construction by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
I Am Not a Worm by Scott Tulloch
Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Keys by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Ghoulish Get-Ups: How to Create Your Own Freaky Costumes by Fifi Colston
Māori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill by Debbie McCauley
The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland
Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew
Dragon Knight: Fire! by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley
The Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg
The Pirates and the Nightmaker by James Norcliffe
I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
Night Vision by Ella West
Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner
Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
While We Run by Karen Healey
Hoiho Paku by Stephanie Thatcher
Ngā Ki by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan (Translated by Kawata Teepa)
Did you know that Prince George will receive a copy of each of the winning books? He’s going to have an amazing collection of great NZ books!
The winners will be announced on the evening of Thursday, 13 August at Government House in Wellington.