NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016

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The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults celebrate outstanding books for children and young adult by New Zealand authors and illustrators.

The awards acknowledges excellence in the following categories: Picture Book Award, Esther Glenn Junior Fiction Award, Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award, Young Adult Fiction Award, Russell Clark Illustration Award and Te Kura Pounamu Award.

The 2016 finalists have been announced and are featured below. 

The finalists
Click on the book title below to see its availability in the Library catalogue. 

Note: Some titles are not in the catalogue yet. You are welcomed to fill a wishlist to suggest a purchase.

Picture Book Award
Russell Clark Award for illustration
Esther Glenn Award for junior fiction
Young adult fiction
  • Battlesaurus: rampage at Waterloo by Brian Falkner
  • Being Magdalene by Fleur Beale
  • Hucking Cody by Aaron Topp
  • Lullaby by Bernard Beckett
  • Sylvie the second by Kaeli Baker
Elsie Locke Award for non-fiction
  • Anzac heroes by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic
  • Changing times Illustrated and written by Bob Kerr
  • See what I can see by Greg O’Brien
  • The beginner’s guide to adventure sport in NZ by Steve Gurney
  • Whose beak is this? by Gillian Candler and Fraser Williamson
Te Reo Award (Te Kura Pounamu Award)
  • Whiti Te Rā by Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa
  • Tamanui te Kokako Morehu o Taranaki by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, translated by Kawata Teepa, illustrated by Andrew Burdan
  • Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi by Kat Merewether, translated by Pania Papa


2016 Awards winners 


Wishlist-suggest to buy


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