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Vale Margaret Mahy

Renowned, award winning and popular New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy has died at the age of 76.

Throughout her career she published more than 200 titles, and her books were translated into more than a dozen languages.

Mahy was the recipient of numerous honours and awards and the year she turned 70 she was awarded perhaps the most prestigious – the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Here are some of her titles.

Here is an article about her life and work.

Rest In Peace.

ALMA Nominees 2012

184 candidates from 66 countries are nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012. This was revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday October 13th 2011.

Over one hundred expert organisations from all over the world have nominated the candidates. The recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on March 20th 2012.

Here are some of the authors you may be familiar with:

Allan Ahlberg

David Almond

Quentin Blake

Eric Carle

Joy Cowley

Hazel Edwards

Michael Foreman

Neil Gaiman

Morris Gleitzman

Margaret Mahy

Michael Morpurgo

Meg Rosoff

There are of course many other names of authors/illustrators/individuals/organisations who have contributed to children’s literacy and the full list can be found here.

A huge congratulations must go out to all these incredible people and organisations.

2011 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards Short List Announced

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.

Pirate Picture Books

Here is a selection of picture books all about that very favourite of boy topics – pirates. Of course as a girl I really rather like a good pirate story. Once again these are in no particular order.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs books – Giles Andreae

How I Became a Pirate -Melinda Long

Littlest Pirate – Sherryl Clark

Pirate Girl – Cornelia Funke

Jolly Roger – Colin McNaughton

The Night Pirates – Peter Harris

The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate – Margaret Mahy

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