Children’s and Young Adults’ book award winners announced!

Last night, at a lavish pizza party, the winners of the 2019 book awards for children and young adults were announced.

Hell Pizza are the main sponsors of the books awards (how many pizza wheels have you completed over the last few months?), and it was really exciting to see the very best New Zealand Authors and Illustrators there hoping to be announced as a winner. All the finalist books are incredible, and us librarians recommend you try to read as many as you can.

There are 8 categories: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Illustration, te reo Māori, best first book, and the overall best book of the year.


And here are the winners!

It’s really exciting to see Wellington duo Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan win the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award. Mīharo!

Crafty Kyle Competition Winners!

The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone!

The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced.

Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing…

Amelia Major

Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”.

katie Chu-Fong

The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The character Andy looks so fun and real in his cardboard boxes castle!

matthew Yang

The winners will be collecting their library prizes this week. Books signed by Kyle Mewburn will be one of the treats in the prize pack! Maybe your drawings will inspire Kyle Mewburn for one of his future books…

Children book award winners announced

On Monday night this week the LIANZA children’s book award winners were announced.

LIANZA stands for Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, which basically means that these are the book awards where Librarians get to choose the winners.


And here are the winners…

Esther Glen Medal for best fiction: Red Rocks by Rachael King (A Wellington author!)

While holidaying at his father’s house, Jake explores Wellington’s wild south coast, with its high cliffs, biting winds, and its fierce seals. When he stumbles upon a perfectly preserved sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he’s compelled to take it home and hide it under his bed, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his family. Red Rocks takes the Celtic myth of the selkies, or seal people, and transplants it into the New Zealand landscape, throwing an ordinary boy into an adventure tinged with magic




Russel Clark Medal for best illustration: A Great Cake by Tina Matthews

Harvey wants to bake a great cake, but doesn’t have all the ingredients. That doesn’t stop him. Harvey can make cakes from the most amazing things!

This book also includes an awesome cake recipe.





Elsie Locke Medal for non-fiction: At the Beach: Explore & Discover the New Zealand Seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler

At the Beach is a delightful introduction to the natural history of the New Zealand seashore.

With beautiful, factually correct illustrations (including detailed cross-sections) of three habitats—sandy beach, rock pools and mudflats. Many of the plants and animals that play a part in these rich ecosystems are shown, with lots of detail about crabs, sea stars, kina and sea anemones, shellfish, seaweeds, sponges and sandhoppers, fish, jellyfish & shrimps, and birds

This book will appeal to anyone curious about New Zealand’s natural environment, At the Beach is a must for the home, bach, classroom and library. Comes with a removable, waterproof quick-reference guide to common seashore animals.


Te Kura Ponamu award for te Reo: Ko Meru by Kyle Mewburn, translated by Ngaere Roberts

 A young mule has always been different. While the other mules stubbornly clip-clop around the sun-baked hills, he dreams of swimming in the glittering green sea below. But it will take more than stubborness for him to reach the glittering green sea






And if you like to read teen books…

Young Adult Fiction Award: The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hagar (another Wellington author!)

Ash McCarthy thought he finally had it made: away from home and all its claustrophobic responsibilities, he’s revelling in the freedom of student hostel life. But life is about to take a devastating turn, when two police officers knock on his door. Their life-changing news forces him to return home to his Down Syndrome brother Mikey, and impels him into a shady world of political intrigue, corruption, terrorism and lies, so many lies. As if this isn’t bad enough, the whole country is imploding, as the world’s two greatest super-powers start a fight that leaves New Zealand ‘piggy-in-the-middle’ of their deadly games. While trying to protect Mikey, along with strangers Travis and Jiao, his fight to uncover the truth turns into a nightmare race to save their lives and stop the destruction of all the principles he holds dear

Summer Reading Challenge Winners

We had loads of amazing review by all you super readers over the 2012-2013 Summer Reading Challenge, those that read & reviewed more than 10 books all went into the draw for the BIG prizes.

Two names were drawn…

Congratulations to Emma and Marina!

Emma with Sarina at Miramar LibraryMarina with Florence at Kilbirnie Library


Emma (left) is pictured here with Librarian Sarina at Miramar Library. Emma read and reviewed 13 books for the Summer Reading Challenge – cool!

Marina (right) is standing and smiling with Librarian Florence at Kilbirnie Library. Marina managed to read and review 21 books over summer and lots of them were in the back of the car on long car trips – wow!

Just because summer is over and you’re back at school doesn’t mean you have to stop! You can keep reading and reviewing books and winning prizes With the Kids’ Club – and online book club for 5-12 year olds. Go there now and start earning prizes.

Winners! Winners!

The winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced last night at a very flash party in Wellington. Here they are:

Non-Fiction and New Zealand Post Book of the Year

Winner: Nice day for a War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliot


Honour Award: Digging up the past : archaeology for the young and curious by David Veart







Junior Fiction and Best First Book Award

Winner: Super Finn by Leonie Agnew


Honour Award: The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else









Picture Book

Winner: Rahui by Chris Szekely (Maori version and English version)







Children’s Choice (the one you got to vote for)

Winner: The Cat’s Pyjamas by Catherine Foreman