New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Festival and Celebrations
The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are celebrated with a nationwide festival of events and activities that bring books alive for young readers of all ages. Throughout the nine days there are usually more than 200 community events taking place around the country.
This colourful Festival promotes the importance of books and reading, and provides inspiration for New Zealand’s future writers and illustrators. The celebrations staged for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are for children, students, parents, teachers, librarians, community groups and everyone who loves books for children and young adults!
Festival programmes are staged in 24 regions nationwide. During the Festival week children and young adults are encouraged to take part in a range of stimulating reading, writing and illustration based activities focussed on the excellent range and quality of New Zealand books for children and young adults.
One of the most popular features of the national celebrations for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is the programme of tours by Award finalist writers and illustrators. The New Zealand Book Council work alongside regional coordinators to create comunity events that celebrate their achievement and connect them to their readers. Timed to coincide with the Festival week, finalists will travel throughout the country from Whangarei to Invercargill, visiting schools, youth groups, bookstores and libraries taking part in regional events. The New Zealand Book Council coordinate the nationwide tour of the Finalists each year