Children's & YA Book Awards

Ticket Sales Open for Premier Children's Book Event

Tickets have gone on sale for one of the premier events in the children’s literary calendar – the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. The talented authors, illustrators and translators of the 32 finalist books will gather with their publishers in Wellington on 14 August, and you’re invited to the party as well!
 
Winners will be announced in seven categories and the supreme award for the night, The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, will be presented by the Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Guests can win a prize too – for the best dressed outfits in the awards’ 2017 colour scheme of red, blue, yellow or green.

Bookseller information: POS and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017

DEADLINE FOR POS: FRIDAY 12th MAY
 
Download your order form and order your New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults POS pack now!
 
In a little over a month, the finalists for these exciting children’s book awards will be announced. We all know how well children’s books are selling through our bookshops and this is a great opportunity to highlight the very best in New Zealand books for our young readers! 
 

Exciting changes for New Zealand Books Awards for Children and Young Adults

Better exposure for New Zealand authors is the vision behind changes being made this week to some of the format of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
 
The visits of finalist authors to a range of schools and libraries across New Zealand is being replaced by three high profile events attended by large numbers of children, ensuring that more children will meet New Zealand writers.
 

Expert Team to Judge the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Librarian Pam Jones, educationalist Trish Brooking, authors Rachael King and Ben Brown, and reviewer Sarah Forster have been appointed judges of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The awards open for entry today.
 
The judging team — expanded from the three of previous years — will deliberate over an expected 150 entries in five categories: Picture Book, Illustration, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Young Adult Fiction. They will select five finalists, a winner in each category and then the overall winner, the Margaret Mahy Award for Book of the Year.  

Advance notice of entries for 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust advises that entries in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will open on 28 November 2016.
 
As with the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, entry will be online only.
 
For more information, please contact Joy Sellen childrensawards@nzbookawards.org.nz
 
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About the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Awards

Awards for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in six categories: Young Adult Fiction, Junior Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Illustration and Te Kura Pounamu. 
 
Five finalists are selected for each category and from these a winner in each category is selected.
 
Young Adult Fiction and Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction
The awards in these categories are for single works of fiction. Entered in the Junior Fiction category are books considered suitable for primary or intermediate school level. Entries in the Young Adult Fiction category are books considered suitable for secondary school students, generally 13 years and up.
 
The Esther Glen award for Junior Fiction and the Young Adult Fiction award carry a prize of  $7500 each.
 
Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
This award is for books which present well-authenticated data, with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and style. Poetry, folklore and retellings of myths and legends will be included in this category. Text books and resource kits are not eligible. Non-Fiction books with intended audiences ranging from children through to young adults may be entered in this category.
 
The Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction carries a prize of $7500.
 
Picture Book
In this category the illustrations, with the text, carry the impact of the story. Illustrations must comprise at least half of the content. Reprinted illustrations compiled from other sources are not eligible. Books entered in the picture book category are generally aimed at pre-school and primary levels.
 
For the Picture Book award, the author and illustrator receive $3750 each.
 
Russell Clark Award for Illustration
In this category the illustrations, with the text, carry the impact of the story. Illustrations must comprise at least half of the content. Reprinted illustrations compiled from other sources are not eligible. Books entered in the picture book category are generally aimed at pre-school and primary levels. The Russell Clark Award for Illustration carries a prize of $7,500. 
 
Te Kura Pounamu
The judges will award a special prize to recognise excellence in works written wholly in Te Reo Māori. This award will be judged by Te Ropu Whakahau. Prize money of $7,500 is presented for the Māori Language award. 
 
Best First Book
The judges may award a special prize for the best first book from a previously unpublished author or illustrator. Prize money of $2,000 is awarded for the Best First Book.
 
Children’s Choice
IIn 2016, the Children’s Choice Award in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be entirely decided by children. 
 
Children will vote for their favourite New Zealand reads of the year, across four categories: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Non-fiction. The first stage sees ‘Judge Schools’ registering groups and classes of students to vote the finalists into place. The second stage will see all students invited to participate in selecting a winner from each category. 
 
There will be no overall winner. Each category-winning book receives $1000.
 
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year is awarded to one of the four category winners. This supreme winner is the book which, in the opinion of the judges, achieves outstanding excellence in all general judging criteria.
 
The winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year receives additional prize money of $7500.
 
 
Judges
Expressions of interest are invited from members of the public and literary community in being a judge of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. A panel of three judges is appointed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. One judge is selected as the Convenor of the panel.
 
Sponsorship
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are supported by Creative New Zealand, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd, Nielsen Book Services, Copyright Licensing Limited, the Fernyhough Education Trust and the Publishers Association of NZ (PANZ). The awards are administrated by the New Zealand Book Council on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. If you are interested in supporting the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, please email the Chair of the Book Awards Trust, nmlegat@gmail.com.
 
Background
Before 1997, the awards were known as the Aim Children’s Book Awards. In 1997, New Zealand Post assumed the sponsorship and the awards became known as the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and later the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. New Zealand Post was the principal sponsor of the awards until 2014.
 
In 2015, the awards entered a new era, with the support of Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd. In 2016, the LIANZA Children's Book Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults merged, leading to the addition of the Russell Clark Award for Illustration to the awards, and a change in the judging format for the Te Kura Pounamu Maori Language Award. This award will continue to be judged by Te Ropu Whakahou. These awards now have a major corporate sponsor, in the form of Hell Pizza. 

Anzac Heroes by Maria Gill Wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

 
“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category.