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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.

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