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Book it in: 2021 children’s and YA preview 

18 November 2020
Alongside a slate of new books by established children’s authors, next year looks to be a year of firsts, featuring books by debut authors, established authors trying their hands at...

Gay YA rom-com wins 2020 Ampersand Prize

11 November 2020
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing (HGCP) has announced that Auckland teacher and writer Helen Valley has won the 2020 Ampersand Prize for her YA novel Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean...

Tiger Daughter (Rebecca Lim, A&U) 

5 November 2020
From Rebecca Lim, author and co-editor of the Meet Me at the Intersection YA anthology, this coming-of-age tale is about finding your own voice as a young girl in a...

Little Gem (Anna Zobel, Puffin) 

28 October 2020
Little Gem is a witch-in-training who has the best intentions but doesn’t always get things quite right. When a travelling spell goes wrong Gem finds herself in the unusual village...

Ampersand Prize 2020 shortlist announced

21 October 2020
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing (HGCP) has announced the shortlist for its 2020 Ampersand Prize for unpublished young adult and middle-grade fiction. The five shortlisted authors and their works are: Conan...

McLean receives inaugural $10k Albert Ullin Award

21 October 2020
Andrew McLean is the winner of the inaugural Albert Ullin Award. The $10,000 biennial award, created with a bequest from the late The Little Book Room co-founder Albert Ullin, is...

Let’s Go, Little Roo (Renée Treml, Puffin) 

21 October 2020
Prolific author Renée Treml says she wrote Let's Go, Little Roo from experience with her own shy child, and Little Roo’s stubborn emotions and thought processes are certainly recognisable. (Though...

Hachette acquires Wilson picture book series 

7 October 2020
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘funny and heartfelt’ picture book series by Australian comic actress Rebel Wilson. The ‘Bella the Brave’ series, to be published in hardback...

The Odds (Matt Stanton, ABC Books) 

7 October 2020
The lack of locally produced graphic novels for young Australians has been noted for some time now, but middle-grade and children’s author Matt Stanton has a new book to appease...

Give Me Some Space! (Philip Bunting, Omnibus) 

7 October 2020
Una is a singular girl on a mission: leave boring old Earth behind for greener pastures—or in this case, planets. Smart, determined and ingenious, she crafts herself a homespun spacesuit...

Affirm acquires Bontempelli picture book 

30 September 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a children’s picture book by Western Bulldogs AFL player Marcus Bontempelli, via Tom Petroro of TLA. To be co-authored with Fiona Harris, the...

Little Pink Dog Books announces Authorstrator Prize

29 September 2020
Independent children's publisher Little Pink Dog Books has announced a new annual prize for picture book author/illustrators. The Authorstrator Prize recognises picture book creators who 'work their magic with both...

Dog (Shaun Tan, A&U) 

23 September 2020
This is Shaun Tan doing what he does best. Carrying an elegant tension between joy and sadness, Dog left me in a puddle of emotion. The prose poetry traces the...

We Are Wolves (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books) 

23 September 2020
In We Are Wolves, middle-grade author Katrina Nannestad, creator of the 'Olive of Groves' and 'Girl, the Dog and the Writer' series, moves confidently into more sombre territory with the...

Affirm acquires middle-grade fantasy series 

23 September 2020
Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a four-book middle-grade fantasy series by Samantha-Ellen Bound, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta di Mase of Jacinta di Mase Management. The publisher describes...

NZ Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize winner announced

18 September 2020
Hachette NZ and the Margaret Mahy estate have announced Nelson-based artist Lily Emo as the winner of the 2020 Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for unpublished illustrators. Unpublished New Zealand artists...