Last night the winners of the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced in Wellington. Not only were the judge’s winners announced but also the children’s winners, with the children of New Zealand choosing their favourites in the newly revamped Children’s Choice Award.
Congratulations to all the finalists and the winners! You’re all super stars and absolutely deserve your recognition.
Junior Fiction Winner – Monkey Boy, by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic NZ)
Picture Book Winner – Jim’s Letters, by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin Random House NZ (Puffin))
Nonfiction Winner – Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill, by Debbie McCauley and Tamati Waaka (translation) (Mauāo Press)
Young Adult Fiction Winner – Singing Home the Whale, by Mandy Hager (Penguin Random House NZ)
Maori Language Award – Ngā Kī, translation by Kawata Teepa (Ngai Tuhoe, Te Arawa) of Keys by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia Publishers)
Best First Book Award – Māori Art for Kids, by Julie Noanoa (Potton & Burton)
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award – Singing Home the Whale, by Mandy Hager (Penguin Random House NZ)
Children’s Choice Junior Fiction Winner – Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)
Children’s Choice Picture Book Winner – The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles (Scholastic NZ)
Children’s Choice Nonfiction Winner – The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems by Paula Green, illustrated by Myles Lawford (Scholastic NZ)
Children’s Choice Young Adult Winner – Night Vision by Ella West (Allen & Unwin)