New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Festival and Celebrations
- About the Awards
- 2012 Winners
- 2012 Touring finalists
- 2012 Judges
- Tour Coordinators
New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Festival and Celebrations is a ten day festival celebrating the importance of children's books, reading and writing with hundreds of events nationwide.
It takes place annually in May and includes a tour by New Zealand children's writers and illustrators into 26 regions, organised by the New Zealand Book Council. The festival culminates with the announcement of the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults and is sponsored by New Zealand Post and supported by Creative New Zealand. It is managed and administered by Booksellers New Zealand.
Events and activities are organised by a national network of volunteer coordinators who do a magnificent job in staging events that turn kids on to books and celebrate New Zealand writing.
Award celebrations focus attention on finalist books and their authors and promote the importance and enjoyment of books and reading. This festival of activities is for children, parents, teachers, librarians, community groups and anyone excited by the value and pleasure of children's books and reading.
By recognising the outstanding range and quality of books by New Zealand writers and illustrators, published in the preceding year, these celebrations provide inspiration for a new generation of writers and illustrators.
For more information visit: www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz.
Rāhui (Maori version), by Chris Szekely and illustrated by Malcolm Ross. Translation by Brian Morris.
Rāhui (English version), by Chris Szekely and illustrated by Malcolm Ross
Young Adult Fiction
Calling the Gods, by Jack Lasenby
Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War l, by Matt Elliott and illustrated by Chris Slane
Super Finn, by Leonie Agnew
(Scholastic New Zealand)
Best First Book Award
Super Finn, by Leonie Agnew
(Scholastic New Zealand)
Children's Choice Overall Award
The Cat's Pyjama's by Catherine Foreman
(Scholastic New Zealand
Children's Book of the Year
Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War l, by Matt Elliott and illustrated by Chris Slane (HarperCollins Publishers)
2012 Touring Finalists by region
Northland – Catherine Foreman (Auckland) six events: Wednesday 9 May 10am Whangarei Public Library ‘funtime’ storytelling, 12 noon Publicity Lunch at Strand Arcade, 3.30pm Whangarei Public Library with teens Thursday 10 May 10am Whangarei Public Library as per morning session above, 1.15pm Whangarei Girls’ High School, 3.15pm Whangarei Primary School including parents
Auckland North – Ant Sang (Auckland) three events Tuesday 8 May 9am Birkenhead Library, 11.30am Orewa Library, 1.45pm Albany Library. All targeted at school students.
Auckland Central – Leonie Agnew (Auckland) three events Monday 7 May 9.30am Panmure Library, 11.15am Otahuhu Library, 1.30pm St Heliers Library. All targeted at school students.
Auckland West – David Veart (Auckland) Three events Monday 7 May 9.30am Mt Roskill Library, 11.30am Titirangi Library, 2pm Ranui Library. All targeted at school students.
Counties/Manukau – Bruce Potter (Local) Three events: Wednesday 9 May 9.15am Mangere Library, 11.30am Papatoetoe Library, 1.30pm Manukau Library. All events have invited local classes of students to enjoy a presentation by Bruce.
Tauranga – Deborah Burnside (Hawkes Bay) Two events Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Katikati college, 1.00pm Papamoa College. Two groups in each event.
Rotorua – Deborah Burnside (Hawkes Bay) Three events Wednesday 9 May 9.00am Kaitao Middle School, 11.00am St Mary’s Primary School, 1.30pm John Paul College.
Waikato – Adele Broadbent (Hawkes Bay) Four events Tuesday 8 May 10.30am Otorohanga College Library, 1.30pm Waitomo Cultural and Arts Centre Wednesday 9 May 10.30am Huntly Library, 1.30pm Garden Place Library. All events targeted at school students.
Gisborne – Matt Elliott (Auckland) Three events Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Campion College, 12pm Ilminster Intermediate, 1.30pm Gisborne Boys High School.
Hawkes Bay – Barbara Else (Wellington) Four events Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Dannevirke Library, 1.30pm Waipukurau Library Wednesday 9 May 9.30am Havelock North Library, 1.00pm Napier Library. All events have invited schools from the district to attend.
Wairarapa – Betty Brownlie (Feilding) Three events: Monday 7 May 9.20am Ekatahuna School, 10.45am Mauriceville School and 1.15pm at St Matthew’s Collegiate
Taranaki – Sabrina Malcolm (Wellington) Three events: Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Inglewood Library, 11.00am Waitara Library, 1.30pm Puke Ariki. All events are art workshops, with students from each school attending.
Wanganui – Tina Matthews (Melbourne)Three events: Tuesday 15 May 10.00am Wanganui District Library storytelling session, 11.30am Paige’s Book Gallery – booksigning event and reading, 1.15pm Community Arts Centre working with intermediate students on making their own artwork.
Palmerston North – Jane Higgins (Christchurch) Three events: Wednesday 9 May 10.30am Feilding Intermediate, 11.45am North Street School, 2.00pm Youth Space, Palmerston North City Library. All events targeted at students.
Kapiti – Joanna Orwin (Christchurch) Three events: Wednesday 9 May 9.30am Otaki College, 11.15am Kenakena School, 1.30pm Paraparaumu Library. All targeted at school aged children.
Porirua – Johanna Knox (Featherston) Three events: Tuesday 8 May 9.00am Adventure School, 11.15am Windley School, 2.00pm Titahi Bay School
Wellington – Joanna Orwin (Christchurch) Three events: Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Queen Margaret’s College, 11.30am Wellington High School, 1.40pm St Catherine’s College
Upper Hutt – Johanna Knox (Featherston) Three events: Monday 7 May 9.30am Pinehaven Library, 11.15am Upper Hutt Library, 1.30pm Totara Park School. All targeted at talented students who have entered a ‘draw your own carnivorous plant’ workshop.
Lower Hutt – Ruth Paul (Wellington) Three events: Monday 7 May 9.30am Dyer Street School, 11.30am Korokoro School, 1.45pm Belmont School.
West Coast – Fleur Beale (Wellington)Three events: Monday 7 May 9.00am Buller High School, 1.30pm Buller District Library with invited intermediate students, Tuesday 8 May 9.00am Buller High School. The high school is using her for quite an academic set of events.
Marlborough – Maria Gill (Matakana) Three events: Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Witherlea School, 11.00am Marlborough District Library, 1.30pm Raupara School. All school events.
Nelson – Maria Gill (Matakana) Three events: Wednesday 9 May 9.30am Motueka South School, 11.00am Motueka Public Library, 1.15pm Hampden Street School. All school events.
Christchurch – Chris Grosz (Christchurch)Three events: Monday 7 May 11.00am Riccarton High School, 1.00pm Shirley Boys’ High School, 3.30pm Comics Compulsion bookshop for a signing.
Otago – James Norcliffe (Christchurch) Four events: Monday 7 May 11am Dunedin North Intermediate, 1.30pm Tahuna Intermediate, 7.00pm Balclutha Library Monday 14 May 6.30pm Poetry writing workshop at Kings High School, Dunedin
Southland/Gore – James Norcliffe (Christchurch) Three events; Tuesday 8 May 9.30am Gore Library, 1.30pm Invercargill Library Wednesday 9 May 9.30am Winton Library Then WIS visits 1.00pm Mossburn School, Thursday 10 May morning Te Anau Events Centre two school sessions
2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Judges' biographies
Convenor Gillian Candler is an independent Education and Publishing Consultant. While mostly focussed on advising publishers and educational institutions about strategy, she sees her work as a publishing consultant is ultimately about getting the best writing and books to young people and as an education consultant ensuring that they have the skills to read and benefit from them. She believes good literature, both fiction and non-fiction has the power to change lives and that te reo Maori and Pacific languages need to be nurtured.
Gillian has been a secondary school teacher, an editor and chief executive of state-owned education publishing company Learning Media. As an editor she developed books for pre-school children, as well as School Journal spin-offs such as Connected and Choices. As chief executive she was responsible for books and resources in te reo Maori and Pacific languages as well as those in English. Many of the books and digital resources that she was responsible for have won awards. She has taken part in the Frankfurt and London Bookfairs and presented at International Reading Association conferences for school teachers in New Zealand, Australia, and North America.
Gillian has been judge of the CLL Education Publishing Awards in 2010 and 2011. Gillian speaks and reads German and, with her German husband Olaf, has raised her son to be bilingual. Gillian loves reading, enjoys book group discussions, has thousands of books in her home and reads e-books when she is travelling.
Annemarie Florian has been involved with the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards from its inception; both at the grass roots level as a coordinator, creating and organising activities for the Northland region, and for many years as the independent bookseller representative on the Management Committee responsible for its guidance and overall development. She embraces such community work as an exhausting and ultimately enthralling aspect of bookselling, since it touches on everything she espouses: “No matter what your role in life, I think ‘community’ needs to be at the core of everything.”
Annemarie brings a wealth of experience to her role as judge. She has previously worked, both in New Zealand and Canada, as a curriculum designer and education librarian; and for the past many years has operated Storytime: Award-Winning Books & Toys, the “magical” Whangarei-based children’s bookstore. She has previously convened the Russell Clark Award for LIANZA, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa and is author of Time to Sleep and books for babies. She’s mother to two adult daughters and a grandmother too. Needless to say, she’s also an avid reader!
Bob Kerr is a writer, illustrator and painter who lives in Wellington. He started publishing picture books when his own children were young. As they grew up he moved onto short stories and junior novels and now that he has a brand new grandchild he is back to reading board books.
Along the way his books won a few prizes. His picture book Mechanical Harry won the Children's Choice Award a few years back and his picture history of small town New Zealand, After The War, won the Russel Clark award in 2001.
He has been a past judge of the New Zealand Post Book awards so he knows how important these awards are in promoting and publicizing New Zealand books.
Bob has an interest in New Zealand history and perhaps his best known illustration is on the cover of Michael King's Penguin History of New Zealand. His most recent book was a collaboration with historian David Grant, Field Punishment Number One.
All those story books he read must have rubbed off. His daughter is now a production editor at Oxford University Press in England and his son recently graduated with a Masters in Theatre Directing from Toi Whakaari.
National Coordinator (festival)
Mary Gavigan, 24 Perth St, Ngaio, Wellington
Ph: (04) 971 4416
Sarah Forster, Education Manager, New Zealand Book Council, Level 4 Stephenson & Turner House, Wellington
Ph: (04) 801 5546, Fax: (04) 801 5547