NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adult Finalists Announced

The finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, have been announced today.

120 books were submitted for the awards, and twenty finalists have been selected via a panel of three judges (judging convenor and author Barbara Else; cartoonist and graphic novelist Ant Sang; children’s librarian and blogger Zac Harding), with the assistance of Te Reo Māori language advisor, writer and broadcaster Maraea Rakuraku.

There are four categories in this year’s awards: Picture Book, Non-Fiction, Junior Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. Winners of the Award will be announced on Monday 23rd June.

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adult 2014 finalists:


  • Machines and Me: Boats by Catherine Foreman; Scholastic New Zealand
  • The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka; Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin
  • The Three Bears … Sort Of by Yvonne Morison & Donovan Bixley; Scholastic New Zealand
  • Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis; Gecko Press
  • Watch Out, Snail! by Gay Hay & Margaret Tolland; Page Break Ltd




  • An Extraordinary Land by Peter Hayden & Rod Morris; HarperCollins Publishers (NZ)
  • Anzac Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry; New Holland Publishers
  • Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock; Walker Books Australia
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting & Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson; Random House New Zealand
  • Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston; Scholastic New Zealand




  • A Winter’s Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik; Scholastic New Zealand
  • Dunger by Joy Cowley; Gecko Press
  • Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe; Random House New Zealand, Longacre
  • Project Huia by Des Hunt; Scholastic New Zealand
  • The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg; Harper Collins Publishers (NZ)




  • A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman; Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager
  • Bugs by Whiti Hereaka; Huia Publishers
  • Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox; Gecko Press
  • Speed Freak by Fleur Beale; Random House New Zealand
  • When We Wake by Karen Healey; Allen & Unwin
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JJ is a writer by night, & a Product Manager by day. She loves young adult and children’s fiction and is the co-founder of NZ Booklovers. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, and is an ex-English tutor. She lives in Auckland with her husband, daughter, and two chihuahuas.

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