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New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Awarded forExcellence in children and young adult's literature in New Zealand
Date1982–present
CountryNew Zealand
Presented byNew Zealand Book Awards Trust
Reward(s)NZ$7,500 for each award
WebsiteOfficial website

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are a series of literary awards presented annually to recognise excellence in children and young adult's literature in New Zealand. The awards began in 1982 as the New Zealand Government Publishing Awards, and have had several title changes until the present one in 2015, including New Zealand Children's Book Awards. As of 2020 they are administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and carry prize money of NZ$7,500.

History[edit]

The awards began in 1982, as the New Zealand Government Publishing Awards, [1] with two categories, Children's Book of the Year and Picture Book of the Year.[2] A non-fiction award was presented in 1986, but not in 1987 or 1988, the final years of this incarnation of the awards.[1][3]

No awards were presented in 1989, but in 1990, Unilever New Zealand (then the New Zealand manufacturer of Aim toothpaste) restarted them as the AIM Children's Book Awards.[4] [2] [1][5][6] with the two categories, Fiction, and Picture Book.[7][8] Second and third prizes were originally awarded, though these were replaced with honour awards in 1993, presented at the judges' discretion.[9][8] More categories were added over time: Best First Book in 1992 (not presented 1994–5); Non-Fiction in 1993, when Fiction was split into two categories (Senior Fiction and Junior Fiction); and AIM Book of the Year in 1995.[3][7][10]

In 1997, the awards became the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and another new category was added, the New Zealand Post Children's Choice award.[4]

In 2004, the Senior Fiction category was renamed to Young Adult Fiction and the name changed to New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.[11][12]

In April 2013 the award's name was changed to honour the late New Zealand children's author Margaret Mahy, and became known as the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year awards.[13][14]

The awards were in 2015 changed to the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and were administered by Booksellers New Zealand, an industry organisation,[9][4][15] and presented at the end of a 10-day festival organised by the New Zealand Book Council each May.[16]

In 2016, the Awards merged with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Awards, and are as of 2020 administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. All of the awards carry prize money of NZ$7,500.[17][18]

Prizes[edit]

As of 2013, the winners of the Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Non-Fiction categories are awarded NZ$7,500, with the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year winner receiving an additional $7,5000.[9] The Picture Book prize money is split evenly between the author and the illustrator of the book.[9] Winners of the Best First Book and New Zealand Post Children's Choice awards receive $2,000 each, and any finalists presented an Honour Award receive $500 each.[9]

Awards[edit]

Children's Book of the Year[edit]

Now called the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year,[14] this award is presented to a book "which, in the opinion of the judges, achieves outstanding excellence in all general judging criteria".[9] As of 2013, winners receive $7,500 (in addition to the $7,500 prize for winning in their category).[9] Currently called the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year award, this award was originally known as the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award, presented from 1982 to 1988.[9][19] When the New Zealand Government Publishing Awards finished in 1988, the award ceased to exist until 1995, when the AIM Children's Book Awards established the AIM Book of the Year.[4][19]

Winners of the Fiction category in 1990 to 1992, when there was no Book of the Year award and the only additional category was Picture Book (and Best First Book in 1992), have been considered Book of the Year winners.[8][10][19][20]

Winners of the Children's Book of the Year award
New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award (1982–8); AIM Book of the Year (1995–6); New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year (1997–)
Year Book Author(s) Category Reference(s)
1982 The Silent One Joy Cowley; ill. by Sherryl Jordan ZN/A [19]
1983 The Halfmen of O Maurice Gee [19]
1984 Jacky Nobody Anne de Roo [19]
1985 Visitors Caroline MacDonald; ill. by Garry Melson  [19]
1986 Guardian of the Land Joanna Orwin [19]
1987 The Keeper Barry Faville [19]
1988 Alex Tessa Duder [19]
1995 The Fat Man Maurice Gee Junior Fiction [7][19]
1996 Crossroads Janice Marriott Senior Fiction [7][19]
1997 The Bantam and the Soldier Jennifer Beck; ill. by Robyn Belton Picture Book [14][21]
1998 Dare Truth or Promise Paula Boock Senior Fiction [14][22]
1999 A Summery Saturday Morning Margaret Mahy; ill. by Selina Young Picture Book [14][23]
2000 The House that Jack Built Gavin Bishop Picture Book [14][24]
2001 Voyage with Jason Ken Catran Senior Fiction [14][25]
2002 The Plight of the Penguin Lloyd Spencer Davis Non Fiction [14][26]
2003 Weaving Earth and Sky: Myths and Legends of Aotearoa  Robert Sullivan; ill. by Gavin Bishop Non Fiction [11][14]
2004 Bird in the Hand: Keeping New Zealand Wildlife Safe Janet Hunt Non Fiction [12][14]
2005 Clubs: A Lolly Leopold Story Kate De Goldi; ill. by Jacqui Colley Picture Book [14][27]
2006 Hunter Joy Cowley Junior Fiction [14][28]
2007 Illustrated History of the South Pacific Marcia Stenson Non Fiction [14][29]
2008 Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley; ill. by Gavin Bishop Junior Fiction [14][30]
2009 The 10pm Question Kate de Goldi Young Adult Fiction  [14][31]
2010 Old Hu-Hu
Hū Hū Koroheke (Te Reo edition)
Kyle Mewburn and Rachel Driscoll
Te Reo ed. trans. by Kāterina Mataira
Picture Book [14][32]
2011 The Moon & Farmer McPhee Margaret Mahy; ill. by David Elliot Picture Book [14][33]
2012 Nice Day for a War Matt Elliot; ill. by Chris Sloane Non Fiction [14][34]
2013 Into the River Ted Dawe Young Adult Fiction [14][35]
2014 The Boring Book Vasanti Unka Picture Book [14][36]
2015 Singing Home the Whale Mandy Hager Young Adult Fiction [14][37]
2016 Anzac Heroes Maria Gill; ill. by Marco Ivancic Non Fiction [14][38]
2017 Snark David Elliot (after Lewis Carroll) [14][39]

Children's Choice[edit]

In 2015 for the first time, children chose the finalist list for the Children's Choice awards. With 6,000 students putting their votes in for all 149 of the titles submitted for the awards, the finalists were announced on 9 June. This began the second stage of voting, which saw just under 16,000 students post their votes for the Children's Choice winners.

Until 2014, the Children's Choice award was chosen from the finalists in all categories below by a public vote open to school aged children, and is considered one of the highest accolades in the awards.[40][34][41] As of 2013 winners of the Children's Choice award receive a prize of $2,000.[9]

The Children's Choice award was created at the first New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 1997, and has been presented every year since.[4][42] Despite being open to finalists from all categories, as of 2013 all winners have been from the Picture Book category.[42][43] From 2010 the winners of each category have also been announced.[42]

Winners of the Children's Choice overall award
Year Book Author(s) Category References
1997 Mechanical Harry Bob Kerr Picture Book [21][42]
1998 Alphabet Apartments Lesley Moyes Picture Book  [22][42]
1999 The Life-Size Inflatable Whale Gaelyn Gordon; ill. by John Tarlton Picture Book [23][42]
2000 Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack  Lynley Dodd Picture Book [24][42]
2001 Oliver in the Garden Margaret Beames, ill. by Sue Hitchcock Picture Book [25][42][43]
2002 Grandpa's Shorts Joy Watson, ill. by Wendy Hodder Picture Book [26][42]
2003 Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms? Dawn McMillan & Bert Signal; ill. by Ross Kinnaird Picture Book [11][42]
2004 Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea! Ngareta Gabel; ill. by Ali Teo & Astrid Jensen Picture Book [12][42]
2005 The Other Ark Lynley Dodd Picture Book [27][42]
2006 Nobody's Dog Jennifer Beck; ill. by Lindy Fisher Picture Book [28][42][44]
2007 Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Kyle Mewburn; ill. by Ali Teo & John O'Reilly Picture Book [29][42]
2008 The King's Bubbles Ruth Paul Picture Book [30][42]
2009 The Were-Nana Melinda Szymanik & Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson Picture Book [31][42][45]
2010 The Wonky Donkey Craig Smith; ill. by Katz Cowley Picture Book [32][42]
2011 Baa Baa Smart Sheep Mark Sommerset; ill. by Rowan Sommerset Picture Book [33][42][46]
2012 The Cat's Pyjamas Catherine Foreman Picture Book [34][42]
2013 Melu Kyle Mewburn; ill. by Ali Teo & John O'Reilly. Picture Book [35][42][47]
2014 The Three Bears … Sort Of Yvonne Morrison; ill. by Donovan Bixley Picture Book [36][42]
Where categories are bold these books also won the category award.
Winners of Children's Choice categories
NB: Overall Children's Choice award winners not included.
Year Book Author(s) Category Reference(s)
2010 Dear Alison: A New Zealand Soldier's Story from Stalag 383 Dudley Muff; ed. by Simon Pollard Non-fiction [32][42]
2010 Friends: Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley; ill. by Gavin Bishop Junior Fiction [32][42]
2010 Brainjack Brian Falkner Young Adult Fiction [32][42]
2011 Who's Cooking Tonight? Claire Gourley & Glenda Gourley Non-fiction [33][42]
2011 Hollie Chips1 Anna Gowan Junior Fiction [33][42]
2011 Smiling Jack Ken Catran Young Adult Fiction [33][42]
2012 New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis Maria Gill; ill. by Bruce Potter Non-fiction [42]
2012 Super Finn1 Leonie Agnew Junior Fiction [42]
2012 The BridgeH Jane Higgins Young Adult Fiction [42]
2013 Kiwi: The Real Story Annemarie Florian; ill. by Heather Hunt Non-fiction [42][48][49]
2013 My Brother's War David Hill Junior Fiction [42][48]
2013 Snakes and Ladders Mary-anne Scott Young Adult Fiction [42][48]
2015 The Letterbox Cat and other poems Paula Green;ill. by Myles Lawford Non-fiction [42][37]
2015 The Anzac Puppy Peter Millett;ill. by Trish Bowles Picture Book [42][37]
2015 Monkey Boy Donovan Bixley Junior Fiction [42][37]
2015 Night Vision Ella West Young Adult Fiction [42][37]
2016 First to the Top David Hill;ill. by Phoebe Morris Non-fiction [42][38]
2016 Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa Te Reo Māori [42][38]
2016 The House on the Hill Kyle Mewburn;ill. by Sarah Davis Picture Book [42][38]
2016 The Girl Who Rode the Wind Stacy Gregg Junior Fiction [42][38]
2016 Stray Rachael Craw Young Adult Fiction [42][38]
Where categories are bold these books also won the category, 1 denotes a Best First Book award, and H denotes an Honour Award.

Best First Book[edit]

The Best First Book award is open to entrants in any of the categories below who are first‐time authors. As of 2012, winners in of the Best First Book award receive a prize of $2,000.[34]

The Best First Book category was first included in the AIM Children's Book Awards in 1992, but was not awarded 1994–5.[10] Since then, the award has been presented every year except 2001.[10][25][50]

Winners of the Best First Book award
Best First Book (1992–3, 1996–2000, 2002–)
Year Book Author(s) Category References
1992 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock Fiction [7][10]
1993 The OptimistH Bob Kerr Junior Fiction [7][10]
1996 Laura's Poems Laura Ranger Junior Fiction [7][10]
1997 Reliable Friendly Girls Jane Westaway Senior Fiction [21][50]
1998 Trapped Judy Knox Junior Fiction [22][50]
1999 Footsteps of the Gods Hana Hiraina Erlbeck; ill. by Manawa-Ote-Rangi  Junior Fiction [23][50][51][52]
2000 2MUCH4U Vince Ford Junior Fiction [24][50]
2002 Brodie Joy Cowley, ill. by Chris Mousdale Picture Book [26][50]
2003 Buddy V. M. Jones Junior Fiction [11][50]
2004 Thunder Road Ted Dawe Young Adult Fiction  [12][50]
2005 Cross Tides Lorraine Orman Young Adult Fiction [27][50][53]
2006 The Unknown Zone Phil Smith Young Adult Fiction [28][50]
2007 The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff  Ben Galbraith Picture Book [29][50]
2008 Out of the Egg Tina Matthews Picture Book [30][50]
2009 Violence 101 Denis Wright Young Adult Fiction [31][45][50]
2010 The Bone Tiki David Hair Young Adult Fiction [32][50][54]
2011 Hollie ChipsCC Anna Gowan Junior Fiction [33][50]
2012 Super FinnCC Leonie Agnew Junior Fiction [34][50]
2013 Reach Hugh Brown Young Adult Fiction [35][50][55]
2014 A Necklace of Souls R. L. Stedman Young Adult Fiction [36][50]
2015 Māori Art for Kids Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke Non-Fiction [37][50]
2016 Allis the Little Tractor Sophie Siers; ill. by Helen Kerridge Picture Book [38][50]
2017 The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain Julie Lamb Junior Fiction [39][50]
Where more than one author is listed, the Best First Book award recipient is listed in bold.
Where categories are bold these books also won in their category, H denotes an Honour Award,
and CC denotes a Children's Choice category winner.

Categories[edit]

Picture Book[edit]

The Picture Book category is for titles in which the illustrations "carry the impact of the story" along with the text.[9] These can be titles for children or young adults, but illustrations have to make up at least half of the content, and these illustrations must be original, not compiled from other sources.[9] As of 2012, winners receive a prize of $7,500, split evenly between the author and the illustrator.[9][34]

"Picture Book" is the only category to be included in every awards ceremony, and was first presented in 1982 as "Picture Book of the Year" in the New Zealand Government Publishing Awards.[8] There were no awards ceremonies in 1989, but the category was resurrected in the first AIM Children's Book Awards in 1990 as "Picture Book", and has retained the name to this day.[4][8][34]

Winners of the Picture Book category
Picture Book of the Year (1982–8); Picture Book (1990–)
Year Book Writer(s) Illustrator(s) Reference(s)
1982 The Kuia and the Spider Patricia Grace Robyn Kahukiwa [8]
1983 Mr Fox Gavin Bishop (retold by) Gavin Bishop [8]
1984 Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy Lynley Dodd Lynley Dodd [8]
1985 The Fish of Our Fathers Ron Bacon R. H. G. Jahnke [8]
1986 Hairy Maclary Scattercat Lynley Dodd Lynley Dodd [8]
1987 Taniwha Robyn Kahukiwa Robyn Kahukiwa [8]
1988 Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper Lynley Dodd Lynley Dodd [8]
1990 Annie and Moon Miriam Smith Lesley Moyes [8]
1991 My Cat Maisie Pamela Allen Pamela Allen [8][56]
1992 Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness Lynley Dodd Lynley Dodd [8][57]
1993 Lily and the Present Christine Ross Christine Ross [8][58]
1994 Hinepau Gavin Bishop Gavin Bishop [8]
1995 The Best-Loved Bear Diana Noonan Elizabeth Fuller [8]
1996 The Cheese Trap Joy Cowley Linda McClelland [8]
1997 The Bantam and the Soldier Jennifer Beck Robyn Belton [21][43]
1998 Alphabet ApartmentsC Lesley Moyes Lesley Moyes [22][43][59]
1999 A Summery Saturday Morning Margaret Mahy Selina Young [23][43]
2000 The House that Jack Built Gavin Bishop Gavin Bishop [24][43][60]
2001 Oliver in the GardenC Margaret Beames Sue Hitchcock [25][43]
2002 Brodie1 Joy Cowley Chris Mousdale [26][43]
2003 Pigtails the Pirate David Elliot David Elliot [11][43][61]
2004 Cuthbert's Babies Pamela Allen Pamela Allen [12][43][62]
2005 Clubs: A Lolly Leopold Story Kate De Goldi Jacqui Colley [27][43]
2006 A Booming in the Night Benjamin Brown Helen Taylor [28][43]
2007 Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!C Kyle Mewburn Ali Teo & John O'Reilly [29][43]
2008 Tahi – One Lucky Kiwi Melanie Drewery John O’Reilly & Ali Teo [30][43][63]
2009 Roadworks Sally Sutton Brian Lovelock [31][43]
2010 Old Hu-Hu
Hū Hū Koroheke (Te Reo edition)
Kyle Mewburn
Te Reo ed. trans. by Kāterina Mataira
Rachel Driscoll [32][43]
2011 The Moon & Farmer McPhee Margaret Mahy David Elliot [33][43]
2012 Rāhui Chris Szekely
Te Reo ed. trans. by Brian Morris
Malcolm Ross [34][43]
2013 Mister Whistler Margaret Mahy Gavin Bishop [35][43][64]
2014 The Boring Book Vasanti Unka [36][43]
2015 Jim’s Letters Glyn Harper Jenny Cooper [37][43]
2016 The Little Kiwi’s Matariki Nikki Slade Robinson Nikki Slade Robinson [38][43]
2017 That’s Not a Hippopotamus! Juliette MacIver Sarah Davis [39][43]
Titles in bold also won the Children's Book of the Year award, C denotes a Children's Choice award, and 1 denotes a Best First Book award.
Full list of finalists at AIM Children’s Book Awards - Picture Book & New Zealand Post Picture Book on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

Non-fiction[edit]

The Non-fiction category is for titles in "which present well-authenticated data, with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and style".[9] Titles for children or young adults can be included in this category, but not textbooks, resource kits, poetry, folklore, or retellings of myths and legends.[9] As of 2012, winners in the Non-fiction category receive a prize of $7,500.[9][34]

The Non Fiction category was added in 1986 to the New Zealand Government Publishing Awards, but removed again in 1987.[3] The category was not resurrected until 1993, as part of the AIM Children's Book Awards.[3] From 2008, the category's name has been hyphenated.[29][30][34]

Winners of the Non-fiction category
Non Fiction (1986, 1993–2007); Non-fiction (2008–)
Year Book Author(s) Reference(s)
1986 The Story of New Zealand Judith Bassett, Keith Sinclair and Marcia Stensen [3]
1993 Picture Magic Chris Gaskin [3]
1994 Old Blue: The Rarest Bird in the World Mary Taylor [3]
1995 Which Native Forest Plant? Andrew Crowe [3]
1996 Aya's Story Jenny Scown, photography by Trish Gribben [3]
1997 Picture Book Magic Chris Gaskin, photography by Denis Page [21][65]
1998 The Know, Sow & Grow Kids' Book of Plants Diana Noonan & Keith Olsen [22][65]
1999 The Natural World of New Zealand Gerard Hutching [23][65]
2000 Te Wao Nui a Tāne Hirini Melbourne; ill. by Te Maari Gardiner [24][65]
2001 The Zoo: Meet the Locals Colin Hogg [25][65]
2002 The Plight of the Penguin Lloyd Spencer Davis [26][65]
2003 Weaving Earth and Sky: Myths and Legends of Aotearoa Robert Sullivan; ill. by Gavin Bishop [11][65]
2004 A Bird in the Hand Janet Hunt [12][65]
2005 Welcome to the South Seas Gregory O'Brien [27][65]
2006 Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli Leon Davidson [28][65]
2007 Illustrated History of the South Pacific Marcia Stenson [29][65]
2008 Which New Zealand Spider? Andrew Crowe [30][65]
2009 Back & Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young & Curious Gregory O'Brien [31][65]
2010 E3 Call Home Janet Hunt [32][65]
2011 Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front Leon Davidson [33][65]
2012 Nice Day for a War Matt Elliot; ill. by Chris Sloane [34][65]
2013 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa Simon Morton & Riria Hotere [35][65]
2014 The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand Paula Adamson [36][65]
2015 Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill Debbie McCauley [37][65]
2016 Anzac Heroes Maria Gill; ill. by Marco Ivancic [38][65]
2017 Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush Jack Marcotte and Josh James Marcotte [39][65]
Titles in bold also won the Children's Book of the Year award.
Full list of finalists at AIM Children’s Book Awards - Non-Fiction & New Zealand Post Non-Fiction on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

Fiction[edit]

The Fiction category is for works of creative writing, in which the text constitutes the "heart of the book".[9] The category was added with the creation of the AIM Children's Book Awards in 1990, but was split into Junior Fiction and Senior Fiction in 1993.[7] The name of the Senior Fiction category was later to change to Young Adult Fiction in 2004.[11][12]

As of 2012, winners in either Fiction category receive a prize of $7,500.[9][34]

Winners of the Fiction category in 1990 to 1992, when there was no Book of the Year award and the only additional category was Picture Book (and Best First Book in 1992), have been considered Book of the Year winners.[8][10][19][20]

Winners of the Fiction category
Year Book Author Reference
1990 Alex in Winter Tessa Duder [7]
1991 Rocco Sherryl Jordan [7]
1992 Bow Down Shadrach Joy Cowley [7]
Full list of finalists at AIM Children’s Book Awards - Fiction
on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

Junior Fiction[edit]

Created in 1993, this award is for works in the Fiction category whose intended audience are in Years 1–8 (primary and intermediate school) (See Education in New Zealand § Years of schooling).[9][7]

Winners of the Junior Fiction category
Year Book Author(s) Reference(s)
1993 Underrunners Margaret Mahy [7]
1994 A Dolphin in the Bay Diana Noonan [7]
1995 The Fat Man Maurice Gee [7][19]
1996 The Waterfall Jack Lasenby [7]
1997 The Battle of Pook Island Jack Lasenby [21][66]
1998 Ticket to the Sky Dance Joy Cowley [22][66]
1999 Starbright and the Dream Eater Joy Cowley [23][66]
2000 2MUCH4U1 Vince Ford [24][66]
2001 Shadrach Girl Joy Cowley [25][66]
2002 Recycled Sandy McKay [26][66]
2003 Buddy1 V. M. Jones [11][66]
2004 Juggling with Mandarins V. M. Jones [12][66]
2005 Aunt Effie and the Island that Sank Jack Lasenby [27][66]
2006 Hunter Joy Cowley [28][43]
2007 Thor's Tale: Endurance and Adventure in the Southern Ocean  Janice Marriott [29][66]
2008 Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley, ill. by Gavin Bishop  [30][66]
2009 Old Drumble Jack Lasenby [31][66]
2010 The Loblolly Boy James Norcliffe [32][66]
2011 Finnigan & the Pirates Sherryl Jordan [33][66]
2012 Super Finn1CC Leonie Agnew [34][66]
2013 My Brother's WarCC David Hill [35][66]
2014 Dunger Joy Cowley [36][66]
2015 Monkey Boy Donovan Bixley [37][66]
2016 From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle Kate De Goldi [38][66]
2017 My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point Tania Roxborogh [39][66]
2018 How to Bee Bren MacDibble [67]
Titles in bold also won the Children's Book of the Year award, 1 denotes a Best First Book award,
and CC denotes a Children's Choice category winner. Full list of finalists at AIM Children’s Book
Awards - Fiction
& New Zealand Post Junior Fiction on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

Young Adult Fiction[edit]

Created in 1993, and called Senior Fiction prior to 2004, this award is for works in the Fiction category whose intended audience are in Years 9–13 (secondary school).[9][7][11][12]

Winners of the Young Adult Fiction category
Senior Fiction (1993–2003); Young Adult Fiction (2004–)
Year Book Author Reference(s)
1993 Songs for Alex Tessa Duder [7]
1994 The Value of X Pat Quinn [7]
1995 The Blue Lawn William Taylor [7]
1996 Crossroads Janice Marriott [7][19]
1997 Sanctuary Kate De Goldi [21][68]
1998 Dare Truth or Promise Paula Boock [22][68]
1999 Taur Jack Lasenby [23][68]
2000 The Tiggie Tompson Show Tessa Duder [24][68]
2001 Voyage with Jason Ken Catran [25][68]
2002 Owl Joanna Orwin [26][68]
2003 Alchemy Margaret Mahy [11][68]
2004 Thunder Road1 Ted Dawe [12][68]
2005 Malcolm and Juliet Bernard Beckett [27][68]
2006 With Lots of Love from Georgia Brigid Lowry [28][68]
2007 Genesis Bernard Beckett [29][68]
2008 Salt Maurice Gee [30][68]
2009 The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi [31][68]
2010 Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing Mandy Hager [32][68]
2011 Fierce September Fleur Beale [33][68]
2012 Calling the Gods Jack Lasenby [34][68]
2013 Into the River Ted Dawe [35][68]
2014 Mortal Fire Elizabeth Knox [36][68]
2015 Singing Home the Whale Mandy Hager [37][68]
2016 Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo Brian Falkner [38][68]
2017 The Severed Land Maurice Gee [39][68]
2018 In the Dark Spaces Cally Black [69]
Titles in bold also won the Children's Book of the Year award, and 1 denotes a Best
First Book award. Full list of finalists at AIM Children’s Book Awards - Fiction &
New Zealand Post Young Adult Fiction on the Christchurch City Libraries website.
Finalist entries missing at the above sites are available at the awards' official website.

Honour Award and runners-up[edit]

Honour Awards are given at the judge's discretion to outstanding finalists that don't win in their category.[9] As of 2012, finalists presented an Honour Award receive a prize of $500.[9][34]

Honour Awards were first presented in 1993, while in 1990 to 1992 runners-up were awarded second and third prizes.[8]

Winners of Honour Awards and Second Prizes
Second Prize (1990–2); Honour Award (1993–)
Year Book Author(s) Category Reference(s)
1990 The Champion Maurice Gee Fiction [7]
1990 The Story of the Kakapo, Parrot of the Night Philip Temple; ill. by Chris Gaskin Picture Book [8]
1991 Secrets Ruth Corrin Fiction [7]
1991 Lily and the Bears Christine Ross Picture Book [8]
1992 The Juniper Game Sherryl Jordan Fiction [7]
1992 My Aunt Mary Went Shopping Roger Hall; ill. by Trevor Pye Picture Book [8]
1993 The Optimist1 Bob Kerr Junior Fiction [7]
1993 The Conjuror Jack Lasenby Senior Fiction [7]
1993 Grandma McGarvey Paints the Shed Jenny Hessell; ill. by Trevor Pye Picture Book [8]
1994 The Ace of Diamonds Gang Owen Marshall Senior Fiction [7]
1994 Stretch, Bend and Boggle Brian Stokes; ill. by Carolyn Smith Non Fiction [3]
1995 The Emerald Encyclopedia James Norcliffe Senior Fiction [7]
1995 The Life Cycle of the Praying Mantis Betty Brownlie Non Fiction [3]
1995 Kotuku: The Flight of the White Heron Philip Temple; ill. by Chris Gaskin Picture Book [8]
1996 Take it Easy David Hill Junior Fiction [7]
1996 Joe's Ruby Elsie Locke; ill. by Gary Hebley Non Fiction [3]
1996 Tom's Story Mandy Hager; ill. by Ruth Paul Picture Book [8]
1998 Because We Were the Travellers Jack Lasenby Senior Fiction [68]
1999 Killer Moves Denis Edwards Junior Fiction [66]
1999 I Am Not Esther Fleur Beale Senior Fiction [68]
1999 Slinky Malinki Catflaps Lynley Dodd Picture Book [43]
2000 A Villain's Night Out Margaret Mahy; ill. by Harry Horse Junior Fiction [66]
2000 Closed, Stranger Kate De Goldi Senior Fiction [68]
2000 Sydney and the Sea Monster David Elliot Picture Book [43]
2001 The Lies of Harry Wakatipu Jack Lasenby Junior Fiction [66]
2001 24 Hours Margaret Mahy Senior Fiction [68]
2001 Dragor, Or, How a Dragon Suffering from
Prickly Heat Saved the World from Perpetual
Winter and Established a Well-known Weed
Pat Quinn; ill. by Philip Webb Picture Book [43]
2004 Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer Lloyd Jones; ill. by Graeme Gash Picture Book [12][43]
2006 Sil Jill Harris Junior Fiction [28][66]
2006 Kaitangata Twitch Margaret Mahy Young Adult Fiction [28][68]
2006 Blue New Zealand Glenys Stace Non Fiction [28][65]
2006 Haere - Farewell, Jack, Farewell Tim Tipene; ill. by Huhana Smith Picture Book [28][43]
2007 A Present from the Past Jennifer Beck; ill. by Lindy Fisher Picture Book [43]
2008 The Sea-wreck Stranger Anna Mackenzie Young Adult Fiction [30][68]
2008 Reaching the Summit Alexa Johnston & David Larsen Non-fiction [30][65]
2008 To the Harbour Stanley Palmer Picture Book [30][43]
2009 Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Diana Neild; ill. by Philip Webb Picture Book [31][43]
2010 The Word Witch Margaret Mahy; ill. by David Elliot;
ed. by Tessa Duder
Picture Book [32][43]
2012 The Travelling Restaurant Barbara Else Junior Fiction [34][66]
2012 The Bridge Jane Higgins Young Adult Fiction [34][68]
2012 Digging Up The Past:
Archaeology For The Young & Curious
David Veart Non-fiction [34][65]
2012 Shaolin Burning Ant Sang Picture Book [34][43]
2013 The Queen and the Nobody Boy:
A Tale of Fontania
Barbara Else Junior Fiction [35][66]
2014 Bugs Whiti Hereaka Young Adult Fiction [36][66]
1 denotes a Best First Book award.
Third Prize winners (1990–2) can be found at AIM Children’s Book Awards 1990 - 1996 on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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