2015 Winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are as follows: 

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award

Singing Home the Whale

by  Mandy Hager

Penguin Random House


Picture Book Award

Jim’s Letters

by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper

Penguin Random House

Junior Fiction Award

Monkey Boy

by Donovan Bixley

Scholastic New Zealand

Non-fiction Award

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill

by Debbie McCauley

Mauao Publishing

Best First Book

Māori Art for Kids

by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke

Craig Potton Publishing

Maori Language Award

Ngā Ki

by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Huia Publishers

(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

Children's Choice Award Winners

Picture Book 

The Anzac Puppy

by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles

Scholastic NZ


Junior Fiction

The Island of Lost Horses

by Stacy Gregg




The Letterbox Cat & other poems

by Paula Green & Myles Lawford

Scholastic NZ


Young Adult Fiction

Night Vision 

by Ella West

Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781743317662

Download the winners' promotional poster here

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