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Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
09 Aug
7:34

“Landmark title” takes top honours in New
Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young
Adults

Embargoed until 8.15pm,
Wednesday 8 August

“A landmark title
which will stand the test of time” has been crowned the
country’s best book for young readers. Aotearoa: The
New Zealand Story
by Christchurch writer and illustrator
Gavin Bishop received the top honour at the 2018 New Zealand
Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, announced tonight
at an exuberant event at Te Papa in Wellington.
The
judges describe it as a book for every home, school and
library, which can be read and re-read by all ages.

“It’s masterful in its execution – a work of art
that bears repeated and thoughtful reading and viewing of
its vibrant and informative illustrations, a book of
enduring significance in the canon of New Zealand
children’s literature. We’ve seen nothing quite like it
in New Zealand children’s publishing,” says convener of
judges Jeannie Skinner.

As well as winning the
coveted Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
prize, Aotearoa also won the Elsie Locke
Award for Non-Fiction
. The judges described this
category as particularly strong and the most challenging to
whittle down to a shortlist of finalists.

Six other
significant awards were also presented at the ceremony, held
in Te Papa’s atmospheric Te Marae and attended by the
country’s top children’s authors, illustrators,
translators and publishers.

A book for all the
unsung small heroes, I Am Jellyfish, written and
illustrated by Ruth Paul, won the Picture Book
Award
. A humour-filled tale of small but mighty,
its attention to detail impressed the judges.
In a
surprising twist, the winner of both the junior and young
adult fiction awards were one and the same person. Bren
MacDibble’s How to Bee won the Wright
Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior
Fiction
. The book describes a dystopian future
without bees, where children perform the essential task of
pollination. The judges said it was a tale to fire young
readers with awareness and courage for the
future.
MacDibble also claimed the Copyright
Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction
with In
the Dark Spaces
, written under the pseudonym Cally
Black. This high-concept science fiction novel was cited as
“an impressive tale of world class calibre”.

A
graphic novel was judged the most worthy winner of the
Russell Clark Award for Illustration.
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, written and
illustrated by Craig Phillips, brings 10 fantastical stories
from mythology and fairy tales to life in superb graphic
style, providing “a freshness to the familiar, and delight
to the previously unknown” with masterful execution.

The judges noted the strong showing of the Best
First Book Award
finalists this year and commended
the debut authors and their publishers for tackling
challenging but important issues for teen readers. The
winner was My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid by Pauline
(Vaeluaga) Smith, which although historical in setting, has
a message the judges felt to be hugely relevant in today’s
geopolitical climate with its debates about immigration.

The Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu
Award for the best book in te reo Māori
was
awarded to Tu Meke Tūī! by Malcolm Clarke,
translated by Evelyn Tobin and illustrated by FLOX (aka
Hayley King). The panel of judges convened by Te Rōpū
Whakahau particularly praised the expertise of translator
Evelyn Tobin, who they said captured the breath and spirit
of the story skilfully, locating it within a Māori
viewpoint.

An integral part of the New Zealand Book
Awards for Children and Young Adults is the HELL Reading
Challenge, which is reaching record new heights in its fifth
year. The programme encourages children to read all the
finalists’ titles through their schools or local library
and rewards them with free pizza. So far this year, more
than 260,000 pizza reading wheels have been distributed to
over 600 schools and 194 libraries.

The New Zealand
Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are a unique
celebration of the contribution that New Zealand’s
children’s authors and illustrators make to building
national identity and cultural heritage. The awards are made
possible through the generosity, commitment and vision of
funders and sponsors: Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, the
Wright Family Foundation, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd, Copyright
Licensing NZ, LIANZA, Wellington City Council, Nielsen Book
and Te Papa. They are administered by the New Zealand Book
Awards Trust.
The full list of winners for the
2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
is:


Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Award $7,500

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story,
Written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop of Christchurch
(Penguin Random House)


Picture Book Award
$7,500

I Am Jellyfish, Written and
illustrated by Ruth Paul, Wellington (Penguin Random
House)

Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen
Award for Junior Fiction $7500

How to
Bee,
by Bren MacDibble, Australia (Allen & Unwin)

Copyright Licencing Award for Young Adult
Fiction $7500

In the Dark Spaces, by
Cally Black, Australia (Hardie Grant
Egmont)
Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
$7500

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story,
Written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop, Christchurch
(Penguin Random House)

Russell Clark Award
for Illustration $7500

Giants, Trolls,
Witches, Beasts
Written and illustrated by Craig
Phillips, Taupo (Allen & Unwin)

Best First
Book Award $2000

My New Zealand Story: Dawn
Raid,
by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith, Invercargill
(Scholastic New Zealand)

Wright Family
Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in te reo
Māori $7500

Tu Meke Tūī!, by Malcolm
Clarke, translated Evelyn Tobin, illustrated by FLOX (aka
Hayley King), all of Auckland (Mary Egan
Publishing)

ENDS

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Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1808/S00094/book-awards-for-children-and-young-adults.htm

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