2017 New Zealand Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. There are 35 finalists total in seven categories on the shortlist. One category is specifically for Māori books, that category saw a record number of entries for the award this year. If you follow the link above, you can see those titles. Here are the other finalists:

PICTURE BOOK AWARD

Fuzzy Doodle Cover image - Gwendolyn!

Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Gwendolyn! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur The Singing Dolphin/Te Aihe i Waiata

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, illustrated by Richard Fairgray

The Singing Dolphin/Te Aihe i Waiata by Mere Whaanga

That's Not a Hippopotamus

That’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis

 

ESTHER GLEN AWARD FOR JUNIOR FICTION

Helper and Helper Bastion Point: 507 Days on Takaparawha (My NZ Story)

Helper and Helper by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop

My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point by Tania Roxborogh

Sunken Forest The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

Sunken Forest by Des Hunt

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain by Julie Lamb

The Impossible Boy

The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew

 

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Coming Home to Roost 1916: Dig for Victory (Kiwis at War, #3)

Coming Home to Roost by Mary-anne Scott

Kiwis at War 1916: Dig for Victory by David Hair

Like Nobody's Watching Shooting Stars

Like Nobody’s Watching by LJ Ritchie

Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner

The Severed Land

The Severed Land by Maurice Gee

 

ELSIE LOCKE AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

From Moa to Dinosaurs: explore and discover ancient New Zealand Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush

From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore & discover ancient New Zealand by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush by Josh James Marcotte and Jack Marcotte

The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A True New Zealand Story The Genius of Bugs (Activity Book)

The Cuckoo and the Warbler by Kennedy Warne, illustrated by Heather Hunt

The Genius of Bugs by Simon Pollard

Torty and the Soldier

Torty and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Fifi Colston

 

RUSSELL CLARK AWARD FOR ILLUSTRATION

Fuzzy Doodle Gladys Goes To War

Fuzzy Doodle, illustrated by Donovan Bixley, written by Melinda Szymanik

Gladys Goes to War, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, written by Glyn Harper

If I Was a Banana Snark: Being a True History of the Expedition That Discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and Its Tragic Aftermath

If I Was a Banana, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart, written by Alexandra Tylee

Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath, illustrated and written by David Elliot (after Lewis Carroll)

The Day the Costumes Stuck

The Day the Costumes Stuck by Toby Morris

 

BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD

34724862 Like Nobody's Watching

Awatea’s Treasure by Fraser Smith

Like Nobody’s Watching by LJ Ritchie

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain 35007631

The Discombobulation of Summer Rain by Julie Lamb

The Mouse and the Octopus by Lisala Halapua

Wars in the Whitecloud: Wairau, 1843 by Matthew H McKinley