Storylines Announces Notable Books 2017

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is delighted to announce the 33 outstanding New Zealand children’s and teens’ books selected for its Notable Books listings for 2017.  
 
The 2017 Notable Books (published during 2016) are:
 
Junior Fiction 
Barking Mad
by Tom E Moffatt, illustrated by Paul Beavis
Scholastic NZ
Sunken Forest                                                      
Des Hunt
Scholastic NZ
The Diamond Horse                                              
Stacy Gregg
HarperCollins
Rona
by Chris Szekely, illustrated by Josh Morgan
Huia Publishing
Enemy Camp
by David Hill
Penguin Random House NZ
The Impossible Boy 
by Leonie Agnew
Penguin Random House NZ
Grandad’s Wheelies
by Jack Lasenby, illustrated by Bob Kerr
Penguin Random House NZ
The Road to Ratenburg
by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Gecko Press

Annual
edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris
Gecko Press

 
Non-fiction Notables (10)
 
ANZAC Heroes                                                      
by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
Scholastic NZ
Speed King 
by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris
Penguin Random House
Much Ado About Shakespeare 
by Donovan Bixley
Upstart Press
The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A True NZ Story  
by Kennedy Warne and Heather Hunt
Potton & Burton
The Beginner's Guide to Netball               
by Maria Tutaia
Random House NZ
Cricket with Kane Williamson 
by Kane Williamson
Random House NZ
Jack & Charlie: Boys of the Bush                           by Jack Marcotte
Penguin Random House NZ
Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story          
by Philippa Werry
New Holland Publishers
Bruce Wants to Go Faster    
by Dreydon Sobanja, illustrated by Murray Dewhurst
Inspired Kids Ltd
See Play Do: A Kid's Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun          
by Louise Cuckow
Beatnik Press
 
Picture Book Notables 
 
Fuzzy Doodle                                                        
by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic NZ
The Best Dad in the World                                    
by Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman
Upstart Press
Gorillas in Our Midst                                              
by Richard Fairgray & Terry Jones
Penguin Random NZ
Henry Bob Bobbalich                                             
by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Link Choi
Scholastic NZ
Gladys Goes to War                                              
by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random NZ
If I was a Banana 
by Alexandra Tylee, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart
Gecko Press
Witch's Cat Wanted - Apply Within                        
by Joy H Davidson, illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
Scholastic NZ
Gwendolyn!                                                           
by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Boynton
ABC Books
The Harmonica 
by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Andrew Burdan
Scholastic NZ
Tuna and Hiriwa   
by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard, illustrated by Kimberley Andrews
Huia Publishers
Rasmas
by Elizabeth Pulford and Jenny Cooper
Scholastic NZ
Maui - Sun Catcher
by Tim Tipene, illustrated by Zac Waipara
Oratia Books
 
YA Notables
 
Coming Home to Roost
by Mary-anne Scott
Penguin Random House
Lonesome When You Go
by Saradha Koirala
Makaro Press
 
The 33 titles selected represent a mix of many of New Zealand’s well-established authors and a significant number of new authors and self-published books.
 
“The awards, given since 2000, are a respected yardstick for the best children’s books published in New Zealand each year, an invaluable guide for booksellers and buyers and much prized by authors, illustrators and publishers,” says Dr Libby Limbrick, Storylines Chair.
 
This annual list of Notable Books also ensures that children, parents/grandparents, teachers, librarians and the public are all made aware of the large range of high quality children’s and teens’ books being published in New Zealand.
 
The selection panel includes children’s and YA librarians, authors, illustrators, teachers and academics; several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor AIM) and the LIANZA Book Awards.  
 
The award certificates will be presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day in Auckland on Sunday 2 April.  
 
The Margaret Mahy Medal Lecture will be delivered at the same event.
 
The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature, through their author awards, publications, advocacy and their brand new Storylines National Festival Tour.
 
For further information please contact:  
Lorraine Steele, Lighthouse PR:
021-859-805, lorraine@lighthousepr.co.nz