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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced.

The winners in each category are:

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy book of the year: The Boring Book (Vasanti Unka, Penguin NZ)

Best picture book: The Boring Book (Vasanti Unka, Penguin NZ)

Best nonfiction: The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand (Paul Adamson, Random House NZ)

Best junior fiction: Dunger (Joy Cowley, Gecko Press)

Best young adult fiction: Mortal Fire (Elizabeth Knox, Gecko Press)

Best first book: A Necklace of Souls (R L Stedman, HarperCollins NZ)

Children’s choice: The Three Bears (Sort Of) (Yvonne Morrison & Donovan Bixley, Scholastic NZ)

Honour award: Bugs (Whiti Hereaka, Huia)

Māori language award: (previously announced on 8 April): Taka Ki Ro Wai (Keri Kaa & Martin D Page, Tania&Martin)

The winners of the Margaret Mahy Book of the year, best picture book, best nonfiction, best junior fiction and best young adult fiction receive NZ$7500 (A$6930) for each award. The winners of best first book and children’s choice receive NZ$2000 (A$1850), the winner of honour award receives NZ$500 (A$460) and the Māori language winner receives NZ$1000 (A$920).

‘This year’s winners are remarkable pieces of work,’ said judges in a statement. ‘These authors are champions. We respect their talent and dedication in writing for young people. As judges, we’ve been inspired by their books and feel honoured to offer them by way of the Awards to our young readers. We must also congratulate the publishers for working outside the box with clever format and design, particularly in the picture book section.’

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards are presented annually to recognise authors and illustrators of high-quality New Zealand books for children and teenagers. The awards are sponsored by New Zealand Post, Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens New Zealand, and are administered by Booksellers New Zealand. More information about the awards can be found on the Booksellers NZ website here.



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