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Children's New Zealand Book Awards 2019

And the winners are...

The winners in the New Zealand Children's Book Awards for 2019 have been announced.

The main categories in the annual awards are - Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Non-fiction, Illustration, Te Reo Maori book, with a special award for best first book.

The winners were announced in a ceremony on August 7, 2019

Go to the New Zealand Book Awards Website for a full list of finalists

Check out the winning books below...

2019 Best Picture Book Winner (also won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year)

The Bomb

Written by Sacha Cotter and illustrated by Josh Morgan

Set firmly in Aotearoa, this summery, exuberant tale will resonate with any child who has ever tried to do something that scares them. The detailed, artful illustrations are as joyous and assured as the story they capture. The unwavering love and encouragement of the child’s Nan illuminates a strong and convincing message about being yourself and having the courage to do things in your own way.

See the Bomb on our Catalogue or place a hold

2019 Junior Fiction Award Winner

The Dog Runner

Written by Bren MacDibble

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and dangerous landscape? Well, when you've got five big doggos and a dry-land dogsled, the answer is you go mushing. But when Emery is injured, Ella must find a way to navigate them through rough terrain, and even rougher encounters with desperate people...

See The Dog Runner on our catalogue or place a hold

2019 Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction


Written by Whiti Hereaka

Riki wakes after an accident to find he’s gone back a century. He is mistaken for his great-grandfather, who happens to be a soldier in the middle of Egypt during WW1 — a long way from present-day Wellington and his girlfriend. The convincing characterisation and scene setting help readers understand the moral complexities and challenges of life as a Māori soldier during the WW1 campaigns.

See Legacy on our catalogue or place a hold

2019 Award for Non-Fiction

Art-tastic : activity book for young people with minty-fresh imaginations!

Written by Sarah Pepperle

Bold, bright and a little bit bananas, Art-tastic gets into the nitty gritty of how to look at, connect with and make art. This Art-tastic book has some of the best art you’ll ever see in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are activities to do and questions to answer – and by the time they’ve finished, kids will have their own artist’s workbook full of masterpieces that will make them famous all around the world. Or at least at home. Featuring artworks by Rita Angus, Steve Carr, Martin Creed, Tony Fomison, Lonnie Hutchinson, Jess Johnson, Michael Parekowhai, Reuben Paterson, Zina Swanson, Yvonne Todd and many more! Aimed at 8–12 year olds with BIG imaginations.

See Art-tastic on our catalogue or place a hold

2019 Award for Illustration

Puffin the Architect

Written by Beverly Andrews

Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients’ expectations, that is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever – her own pufflings! Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed spaces - Otter's floating home, Pig's toolshed on wheels, Painter Goose's light-filled studio and Platypus's cosy underground bakehouse.

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2019 Winner for Te Reo Maori

Te haka a Tānerore

Written by Riore Kahukiwa

Māori legend tells us that the sun god Tamanuiterā (Rā) had two wives: Hine Takurua and Hine Raumati. Rā and Hine Raumati had a son named Tānerore, who became the atua of haka. Te Haka a Tānerore tells the story of the origins of haka, capturing the mauri (essence) with te reo Māori, clearly narrated within each page: kia mau te ihi, te wehi, te wana. It enhances readers’ understanding of Māori performing arts, and its close connection to identity and heritage is illustrated with exceptional artwork.

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