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LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2015 finalists announced

The finalists in the 2015 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Russell Clark Illustration Award

  • Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas (Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis, Scholastic)
  • Jim’s Letters (Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper, Puffin)
  • Have You Seen a Monster? (Raymond McGrath, Puffin)
  • So Many Wonderfuls (Tina Matthews, Walker Books)
  • Mrs Mos Monster (Paul Beavis, Gecko Press)


LIANZA Young Adult

  • I Am Rebecca (Fleur Beale, Random House)
  • The Red Suitcase (Jill Harris, Makaro Press)
  • Singing Home the Whale (Mandy Hager, Random House)
  • Recon Team Angel: Vengeance (Brian Falkner, Walker Books)
  • Night Vision (Ella West, Allen & Unwin)


Elsie Locke Nonfiction

  • The Book of Hat (Harriet Rowland, Makaro Press)
  • A New Zealand Nature Journal (Sandra Morris, Walker Books)
  • Maori Art for Kids (Julie Noanoa & Norm Heke, Potton and Burton Publishing)
  • Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster (Debbie McCauley, Mauao Publishing)
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions (Maria Gill & Marco Ivancic, New Holland)


Esther Glen Junior Fiction

  • Monkey Boy (Donovan Bixley, Scholastic)
  • The Volume of Possible Endings: A Tale of Fontania (Barbara Else, Gecko)
  • Conrad Coopers Last Stand (Leonie Agnew, Puffin)
  • Trouble in Time (Adele Broadbent, Scholastic)
  • Letterbox Cat (Paula Green, Scholastic)


Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori)

  • Nga Kī (Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan & Kawata Teepa, Huia)
  • Hui E! (Huia)
  • Tūtewehi (Fred Te Maro, Huia)
  • Kimihia (Te Mihinga Komene & Scott Pearson, Huia)
  • ‘An Early Te Reo Reading Book’ series (Carolyn Collis, Summer Rose Books).


The LIANZA Awards are chosen by librarians for outstanding children’s literature in New Zealand. For more information about the awards, visit the LIANZA website here.



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