New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards

The Children's Literature Web Guide

Established 1990. Awards are presented to New Zealand books in six categories, plus a "Book of the Year."

Sponsored by New Zealand Post. Formerly known as the AIM Children's Book Awards; sponsorship changed in 1997.

Summaries are from the Catalogue of the National Library of New Zealand.


Picture Book Category

1999

*Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Selina Young. A Summery Saturday Morning ( Penguin Books)

The children go down to the sea on a summery, Saturday morning, down the wiggly track, scattering shells and leaping logs. But first their dogs chase a cat, then they chase a boy on a rattly bike, then wild geese hiss and chase the children and the dogs and the walk is not so peacful after all.

* Honour book - Lynley Dodd. Slinky Malinki Catflaps (Mallinson Rendel)

Slinky Malinki hobnobs with nine other cats in the moonlight, until the cranky and crotchety Scarface Claw disrupts their gathering.

1998

*Lesley Moyes. Alphabet Apartments (Mallinson Rendel)

Introduces the letters of the alphabet through an array of different apartments, which form the background to a visual story in which a beastly burglar and two dogs try to escape being caught.

1997

*Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton. The Bantam and the Soldier (Scholastic)

In the midst of the fighting in France during World War I, a soldier named Arthur forms a special friendship with a bantam he calls Bertha.

1996

*Joy Cowley, illustrated by Linda McClelland. The Cheese Trap (Scholastic)

1995

*Diana Noonan, illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller. The Best-Loved Bear

1994

*Gavin Bishop. Hinepau

1993

*Christine Ross. Lily and the Present

1992

*Lynley Dodd. Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness

1991

*Pamela Allen. My Cat Maisie

1990

*Miriam Smith, illustrated by Lesley Moyes. Annie and Moon


Fiction Categories

1999

*Junior Fiction - Joy Cowley. Starbright and the Dream Eater (Viking)

People all over Claircomb are succumbing to a strange illness, thought to be a deadly new virus. But this is no virus, it is a life form so advanced that its intelligence makes a computer look like counting beads. It knows the prophecy too, and it is hunting down the Bright Star to destroy her forever. Can Starbright Connor, the town's tomboy and giggly dare-devil, be the chosen one who will save her friends and family?

*Junior fiction honour book - Denis Edwards. Killer Moves (Scholastic)

Jack dreads it when his rugby league team has to play against Carlton Park, because he is always the one who gets flattened. So he is determined to come up with some killer moves to get the better of them.

*Senior Fiction - Jack Lasenby. Taur (Longacre Press)

Pursued by the hateful Salt Men, Ish flees south with his friend Taur, the mute Bull Man. But nowhere is there refuge from the brutal squint-face, who wants his greenstone god back, and wants Ish's life. Across the ice loom the mountains of the South Land. Is there a future there, in the land of the mountain that ate the sun? Is there escape from relentless pursuit? Sequel to: Because we were the travellers.

*Senior fiction honour book - Fleur Beale. I am not Esther (Longacre Press)

When Kirby's mother tells her she is going away for two years, and is leaving her with relatives she's never heard of, it is every teenage girl's nightmare. These relatives are members of a closed religious sect. They have no television, radio, newspapers or mirrors and Kirby must wear long, modest clothes and behave in a 'Godly' way, or else. They even give her a new biblical name, Esther.

1998

*Junior Fiction - Joy Cowley. Ticket to the Sky Dance (Viking)

Shog and his twin sister Jancie are street kids of the 21st century, living rough and using their cunning to survive. When an international modelling agency signs them up, the twins can't believe their luck, but soon become suspicious of what is happening in the agency's building.

*Junior fiction honour book - David Calder. The Dragonslayer's Apprentice (Scholastic)

When sixteen-year-old Jackie tires of life as a princess, she decides to try her hand at being a dragonslayer's apprentice.

*Senior Fiction - Paula Boock. Dare Truth or Promise (Longacre)

Louie Angelo is a prefect at Woodhaugh High; she's going to be a lawyer and she likes being the centre of attention. Willa lives in a pub, and she just wants to get through her exams and become a chef. Quietly. Then they fall in love.

*Senior fiction honour book - Jack Lasenby. Because We Were the Travellers (Longacre)

In a land called the Whykatto, south of the city of Orklun, the sun rises angry in the sky, eats the winter grass and flames towards the western horizon. This is Ish's tale, a tale of rejection, of survival against the odds, of growing up in an age when much is feared and few can be trusted.

1997

*Junior Fiction - Jack Lasenby. The Battle of Pook Island (Longacre)

When the gang discover that a flood has turned the creek intoa lake with an island, they set about building canoes and a fort; but unknown to them, they are being watched. The third book in the Seddon Street Gang series.

*Senior Fiction - Kate De Goldi. Sanctuary (Penguin)

Months after a dramatic tragedy has brought her life to a standstill, Catriona Stuart is embarking on a painful search for the truth. The truth about her boyfriend Jerem Jeremiah. About her wayward mother Stella. About her past and why her world fell apart.

1996

*Junior Fiction - Jack Lasenby. The Waterfall (Longacre)

*Senior Fiction - Janice Marriott. Crossroads (Reed)

1995

*Junior Fiction - Maurice Gee. The Fat Man

*Senior Fiction - William Taylor. The Blue Lawn

1994

*Junior Fiction - Diana Noonan. A Dolphin in the Bay

*Senior Fiction - Pat Quinn. The Value of X

1993

*Junior Fiction - Margaret Mahy. Underrunners

*Senior Fiction - Tessa Duder. Songs for Alex

1992

*Joy Cowley. Bow Down Shadrach

1991

* Sherryl Jordan. Rocco

1990

*Tessa Duder. Alex in Winter


Non-Fiction Category

1999

*Gerard Hutching. The Natural World of New Zealand (Viking)

"Part 1 ... find out why New Zealand's natural world is so special and different ... Part 2 is an A-Z of natural history"--Intro.

*Honour book - Pauline Cartwright, photos by Tim Hawkins. All Sorts of Trucks (Bridge Hill)

Brie and Blake look at the vehicles in the truck parade at the Alexandra Blossom Festival.

1998

*Diana Noonan, illustrated by Keith Olsen. The Know, Sow & Grow Kids' Book of Plants (Bridge Hill)

Introduces children to the world of plants through gardening tips, recipes, crafts, experiments and trivia. Encourages children to experiment with plants ranging from sunflower seeds to seaweeds and cacti to cucumbers.

1997

*Chris Gaskin, photographs by Denis Page. Picture Book Magic (Reed)

*1996 - Jenny Scown, photographs by Trish Gribben. Aya's Story (Scholastic)

*1995 - Andrew Crowe. Which Native Forest Plant?

*1994 - Mary Taylor. Old Blue: The Rarest Bird in the World

*1993 - Chris Gaskin. Picture Magic


Best First Book

1999

*Hana Hiriana Erlbeck, illustrated by Manawa-Ote-Rangi Waipara. Footsteps of the Gods (Reed)

A collection of stories following the history of the traditional Maori gods, starting with the creation of Aotearoa.

1998

*Judy Knox. Trapped (Scholastic)

Paula is afraid of dying when she and her dog Zak are trapped in an old goldmine shaft.

1997

*Jane Westaway. Reliable Friendly Girls (Longacre)

A collection of short stories that address real life problems which are often experienced by New Zealand teenage girls.

1996

*Laura Ranger. Laura's Poems (Godwit)


Children's Choice Award

1999

*Gaelyn Gordon, illustrated by John Tarlton. The Life-Sized Inflatable Whale (Scholastic)

1998

*Lesley Moyes. Alphabet Apartments (Mallinson Rendel)

Introduces the letters of the alphabet through an array of different apartments, which form the background to a visual story in which a beastly burglar and two dogs try to escape being caught.

1997

*Bob Kerr. Mechanical Harry (Mallinson Rendel)

Harry Newton's ancestor Isaac Newton thought that every action had an equal and opposite reaction. When Harry's breakfast arrives, it hits the lever, which strikes the match, that lights the fuse, that fires the cannon, that knocks over the jug, which pours milk on to his cornflakes.

Supreme Award

Chosen from among the other category winners.

1999

*Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Selina Young. A Summery Saturday Morning (Viking)

1998

*Paula Boock. Dare Truth or Promise (Longacre)

1997

*Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton. The Bantam and the Soldier (Scholastic)

1996

*Janice Marriott. Crossroads (Reed)

1995

*Maurice Gee. The Fat Man


Saturday, April 3, 1999
New Zealand Book Awards from:
The Children's Literature Web Guide
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