2020 New Zealand Book Awards

The winners of the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. They select a book of the year as well as category winners. Here are the winners, plus a gorgeous video acceptance speech for the Book of the Year:

BOOK OF THE YEAR

Mophead

Mophead, Selina Tusitala Marsh

 

PICTURE BOOK AWARD

Abigail and the birth of the sun

Abigail and the Birth of the Sun, Matthew Cunningham, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

 

WRIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION ESTHER GLEN AWARD FOR JUNIOR FICTION

Lizard's Tale

Lizard’s Tale, Weng Wai Chan

 

YOUNG ADULT FICTION AWARD

Aspiring

Aspiring, Damien Wilkins

 

ELSIE LOCKE AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

Mophead

Mophead, Selina Tusitala Marsh

 

RUSSELL CLARK AWARD FOR ILLUSTRATION

The Adventures of Tupaia

The Adventures of Tupaia, illustrated by Mat Tait, written by Courtney Sina Meredith

 

WRIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION TE KURA POUNAMU AWARD (books written completely in te reo Māori)

Tio Tiamu te Tipia (The Smelly Giant Te Reo Maori Edition)

Tio Tiamu, Kurahau, illustrated by Laya Mutton-Rogers

 

BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD

#Tumeke!

Michael Petherick for #Tumeke!

 

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – August 14

What the amazing people I work with at the Appleton Public Library are doing:

Appleton Post Crescent article on the program.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

20 children’s books that celebrate teachers – HuffPo

Tesco stops selling ‘racist’ mermaid t-shirt and children’s book featuring same design will be pulped – Yahoo!

YA LIT

‘Fear Street’: Netflex acquires movie trilogy adaptation of R.L. Stine’s books for summer 2021 premiere – Bloody Disgusting

Yes, Eleanor and Park is becoming a movie. No, it’s still not good Asian representation. – The Slice