Outstanding books for children and young people published by New Zealand authors and illustrators in the previous year
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 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. Read the list on Storylines' website.
“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 Awards (and under its previous sponsor AIM) and the LIANZA Book Awards. (These awards are know known as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.)
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.