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11 Jun 2018

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

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The shortlist for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult was announced last week and we can't get over how good this year's selection is. Our kiwi authors and illustrators are seriously talented.

 On the picture book front we are loving ‘The Longest Breakfast’ which is a beautifully illustrated poem about waffles, doughnuts and family. Written by Jenny Bornholdt and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins, every parent can relate to the story of a toddler and a meal that just won’t end. The rhyme is captivating for children and the illustrations of a warm, loving family give you those lazy morning feels.

Another favourite is ‘That’s Not the Monster We Ordered’ by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones. This is a laugh-out loud story which follows a neighbourhood who are jealous of the Turner family's new pet monster. Everyone wants their own monster, but quickly find the one they want isn’t necessarily the monster they will get. This story and illustrations are fun and silly, making this one of those books both kids and adults will enjoy.

We are also celebrating Te Reo with Tu Meke Tūī! which is a nominee in the Wirght Family Foundaton Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Maori. Written by Malcolm Clarke, translated by Evelyn Tobin and illustrated by Hayley King (FLOX), the playful rhyme and beautiful illustrations will captivate children (and adults). This book is also printed in English which makes it a great way for kids to learn the meaning behind the beautiful Te Reo words. On the illustration front, it’s impossible not to love 'Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts', which brings together myths and legends from around the world. Illustrator Craig Phillips gives each story its own distinct style which brings these classics to life for a new audience. And of course, it wouldn’t be a New Zealand book awards list without something from Gavin Bishop whose book ‘Aoeatoa: The New Zealand Story’ has been nominated for the Elise Locke Award for Non-Fiction. Bishop is a staple of kiwi childhood and in this book he uses his distinct style to tell the people, events and places that have shaped our country.

These are just some of the books nominated for this year’s awards. Check out the full list here and let us know which ones you are loving.

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