I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce that I’ll be joining Barbara Else and Ant Sang as a judge for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards next year. I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of the awards and it’s very exciting.
I’ve been a part of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Festival for the last 3 years, as the coordinator for the Canterbury Festival. This is a role that I have loved as it has given me the chance to take the finalist books out to my region and share them with children of all ages. The roadshow that our Canterbury committee did this year for the Festival was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a librarian, as we got to talk about the finalist books and read them to so many children in our region. Having the opportunity to actually be one of the three people choosing which books are the best books in New Zealand over the past year feels absolutely incredible. We have so many talented authors and illustrators in New Zealand who create some magical, captivating, adventure-filled and even heart-breaking books, so it is going to be a huge task to choose the best.
How exciting is it to be a judge? Let Kermit show you:
To find out more about the 2014 judges check out the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards website.