The NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017

Published: 15-Aug-2017

This years winners announced!

best books of the year

These awards are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage. The winners were announced in Wellington on Monday August 14th and were in the following categories:

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Margaret Mahy Book of the Year :


Snark Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock…and its tragic aftermath by David Elliot

Picture Book Award : 

That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

that's not a hippo On a visit to Don's Safari, the students in class 2B attempt to find a missing hippopotamus. By Juliette MacIver and illustrated by Sarah Davis

Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction :

My New Zealand Story : Bastion Point

Bastion pointThe fictional diary of Erica Tito, Auckland, 1977-78, covering the events of the occupation at Bastion Point (Takaparawha) by Tania Roxborough

Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction :

The Severed Land

The Severed LandThis gripping, page-turning fantasy adventure follows a dangerous quest through a divided world. By Maurice Gee

Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction :

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush

Jack & CHarlieThe true story of two boys who live on the wild and rugged West Coast of the South Island by Jack Macotte and Josh James Marcotte

Russell Clark Award for Illustration :


SnarkBeing a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock…and its tragic aftermath by David Elliot

Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Maori :

Te Kaihanga Mapere

te Kaihanga MapereA child dreams of inventing a new marble and having the recipe appear in The Book of Marbles. In a chaotic lab, with a sheep as an assistant and using ingredients as diverse as ‘teeth bling from a retired rapper’, ‘three pints of swooshy night air’ and ‘a snippet from a sheep’s fringe’, the child lights up the stoves and, with a bang, marbles that have never been seen before rain down. Written by Sacha Cotter, translated by Kawata Teepa and illustrated by Josh Morgan

Best First Book :

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

The discombobulated life of summer rain"Making people laugh is what Summer does best. It's how she fits in. And is it any wonder with a family like hers? Top of the list of crazies is Pop, her stingy grandfather, who whips up possum stews and turns chicken scraps into the worst school lunches ever. So why does Juanita suddenly want to be her friend? Juanita's not her type, she has real sandwiches in her lunchbox, and does nice things like saving greyhounds and sticking up for people." by Julie Lamb