The shortlists for this year’s Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced.
A big congratulations to all short listed authors and illustrators.
The shortlisted titles are:
LIANZA Esther Glen Award for junior fiction
- The Haystack (Jack Lasenby, HarperCollins
- Dreams of Warriors (Susan Brocker, HarperCollins)
- The Sheep on the Fourth Floor (Leonie Thorpe, HarperCollins)
- Boy Zero Wannabe Hero (Peter Millet, Faber)
- Shadow of the Boyd (Diana Menefy, HarperCollins)
LIANZA Young Adult Award for fiction
- Smiling Jack (Ken Catran, HarperCollins)
- Fierce September (Fleur Beale, Random House)
- Ebony Hill (Anna Mackenzie, Longacre Press)
- Blood Lines (T K Roxborogh, Penguin)
- Lethal Deliveries (Ken Benn, Puffin)
- The Limping Man (Maurice Gee, Puffin)
LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration
- The Moon and Farmer McPhee (Margaret Mahy & David Elliot, Random House)
- Quaky Cat (Diana Noonan & Gavin Bishop, Scholastic)
- Hill and Hole (Kyle Mewburn & Vasanti Unka, Puffin)
- The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate (Joy Cowley & Sarah Davis, Gecko Press)
- A Dog Like That! (Janene Cooper & Evie Kemp, Duck Creek Press)
LIANZA Elsie Locke Award for nonfiction
- ‘Weird Wabbit & Friends’ series (Vasanti Unka, Penguin)
- The Life Cycle of Pukeko (Betty Brownlie, Scholastic)
- Sensational Survivors (Sandra Morris, Walker Books)
- The Kiwi Fossil Hunters Handbook (James Campton & Marianna Terezow, Random House)
- The Tui New Zealand Kids’ Garden (Diana Noonan & Keith Olsen, Penguin)
Te Kura Pounamu (to reo Maori) Award
- Mahiara (Sally Sutton, illus Brian Lovelock, retold by Kāterina Mataira, Walker Books)
- Ngarimu: Te Tohu Toa (Andrew Burdan, Huia Publishers/ Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education)
- Rawiri, Matiu, He Kura Te Tangata, He Ora Kai Te Kupu Series (Peti Nohotima, He Kupenga Hao i te Reo)
- Manu Haututu (June Peka, illus Jo Thapa, retold by Kāterina Mataira, Scholastic)
- Kapa, Te Niu Series (Hana Pōmare & Heni Jacob, HANA Limited/ Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education)
- Te Mata o Tuna, a Hina rāua ko Mo’o Kuna (Hana Pōmare, Ellie-May Logan & Hēni Jacob, HANA Limited/ Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education).
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in Wellington on 8 August.
The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards are presented by New Zealand librarians for outstanding local children’s literature.