The 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Award finalists were announced on the 23rd, and it was rather fab to have my book with illustrator Dominique Ford, The Song of Kauri, long-listed in two categories: for the Russell Clark Award for Illustration (yay Dominique - those illustrations are breathtaking), and for the Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction (the only picture book included - crikey). We didn't make the shortlists - there are just so many great books coming out of New Zealand - congratulations to all those who did and good luck for the big announcement of the winners in June.
Russell Clark Illustration Award Finalists
- Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas - illus. Sarah Davis – Scholastic
- Jim’s Letters - illus. Jenny Cooper – Penguin Random House
- Have you seen a monster?, - Raymond McGrath – Penguin Random House
- So Many Wonderfuls, - Tina Matthews – Walker Books
- Mrs Mo's Monster, - Paul Beavis – Gecko Press
Bye,Bye, Bye - illus. Stephanie Junovich
Go Home Flash - Ruth Paul
Moonman - Ned Barraud
The Song of Kauri - Illus. Dominique Ford
I Am Not A Worm - Scott Tulloch
LIANZA Young Adult Finalists
- I am Rebecca, by Fleur Beale – Penguin Random House
- The Red Suitcase, by Jill Harris – Makaro Press
- Singing Home the Whale, by Mandy Hager – Penguin Random House
- Recon Team Angel: Vengeance, by Brian Falkner – Walker Books
- Night Vision, by Ella West – Allen and Unwin
Kiwis At War - Susan Brocker
Spark - Rachael Craw
The Bow - Catherine Mayo
Awakening - Natalie King
Unworthy - Joanne Armstrong
Magic and Makutu - David Hair
Elsie Locke Nonfiction Finalists
- The Book of Hat, by Harriet Rowland – Makaro Press
- A New Zealand Nature Journal, by Sandra Morris – Walker Books
- Maori Art for Kids, by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke - Potton and Burton Publishing
- Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster, by Debbie McCauley – Mauao Publishing
- New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions, by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic – New Holland
Under the Ocean - Gillian Candler, illus. Ned Barraud
Offloading With Sonny Bill - David Riley
Ghoulish Getups - Fifi Colston
Loves Me Not: How To Keep Relationships Safe - Lesly Elliott
Taratoa and the Code of Conduct - Debbie McCauley
One Girl, One Dream - Laura Dekker
Esther Glen Junior Fiction Finalists
- Monkey Boy, by Donovan Bixley – Scholastic
- The Volume of Possible Endings (A Tale of Fontania), by Barbara Else – Gecko
- Conrad Cooper's Last Stand, by Leonie Agnew - Penguin
- Trouble in Time, by Adele Broadbent – Scholastic
- Letterbox Cat, by Paula Green – Scholastic
The Song of Kauri - Melinda Szymanik, illus. Dominique Ford
The Deadly Sky - David Hill
Island of Lost Horses - Stacey Gregg
Dappled Annie and the Tigrish - Mary McCallum
The Night of the Perigee Moon - Juliet Jacka
Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori) Finalists
- Nga Kī, by Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Kawata Teepa - Huia
- Hui E!, by various authors - Huia
- Tūtewehi, by Fred Te Maro - HuiaKimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson - Huia
- An early Te Reo Reading Book Series, by Carolyn Collis - Summer Rose Books
Here is the full Notable Books List for 2015:-
Notable Books List 2015
The 2015 list is for books published in 2014.
Storylines Notable Picture Books List 2015Books for children and/ or young adult where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story
- Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, illustrated by Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing).
- Have You Seen a Monster by Raymond McGrath (Penguin).
- Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin).
- Kakapo Dance by Helen Taylor (Penguin).
- I Am Not A Worm by Scott Tulloch (Scholastic).
- The Song of Kauri by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Dominique Ford (Scholastic).
- The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles (Scholastic).
- My New Zealand ABC Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ).
- My New Zealand Colours Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ).
- Construction by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)
Storylines Notable Junior Fiction List 2015
Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.
- The Volume of Possible Endings by Barbara Else (Gecko Press).
- Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins).
- Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew (Penguin).
- Teddy One Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear by Gavin Bishop (Random House).
- MNZS: Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry (Scholastic).
- Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic).
- Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent (Scholastic).
- The Name at the End of the Ladder by Elena De Roo (Walker Books).
- Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective by Elena De Roo ( Walker Books).
Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction List 2015
Fiction suitable for upper intermediate and secondary school students.
- While We Run by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin).
- Speed Of Light by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press).
- I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (Random House).
- Singing Home The Whale by Mandy Hager (Random House).
- Spark by Rachael Craw (Walker Books).
Storylines Notable Non-Fiction List 2015
For authoritative, well-designed information books accessible to children and young adults.
- A Little ABC Book by Jenny Palmer (Beatnik Publishing).
- Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa, illustrated by Norm Heke (Craig Potton Publishing).
- Under The Ocean: Explore & Discover NZ’s Sealife by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing).
- The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland (Makaro Press).
- New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (New Holland Publishers).
- A Treasury of NZ Poems edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Random House).
- Ghoulish Get-Ups by Fifi Colston (Scholastic).
- The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems by Paula Green, illustrated by Myles Lawford (Scholastic).
- Piggy Pasta & More Food with Attitude by Rebecca Woolfall and Suzi Tait-Bradly (Scholastic).
- A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris (Walker Books)