17 Mar 2017
Outstanding books for children and young people published by New Zealand authors and illustrators in the previous year.
The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is delighted to announce the 33 outstanding New Zealand children’s and teens’ books selected for its Notable Books listings for 2017.
See the poster with book covers (pdf 1.3MB)
The 2017 Notable Books (published during 2016) are:
Junior Fiction (9)
The Road to Ratenburg - Joy Cowleym, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
Annual - Kate De Goldi & Susan Paris (Gecko Press)
Rona - Chris Szekely, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia)
Enemy Camp - David Hill (Puffin)
The Impossible Boy - Leonie Agnew (Puffin)
Grandad's Wheelies - Jack Lasenby, illustrated by Bob Kerr (Penguin Random House)
Barking Mad - Tom E Moffatt (Scholastic)
Sunken Forest - Des Hunt (Scholastic)
The Diamond Horse - Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)
Nonfiction notables 2107 (10)
ANZAC Heroes - Maria Gill (Scholastic)
Speed King - David Hill (Puffin)
Much Ado About Shakespeare - Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)
The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A True NZ Story by Kennedy Warne, illustrated by Heather Hunt (Potton & Burton)
The Beginner's Guide to Netball - Maria Tutaia (Penguin Random House)
Cricket with Kane Williamson - A Guide to Batting, Bowling, Fielding & Captaincy by Kane Williamson (Penguin Random House)
Jack & Charlie: Boys of the Bush - Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte (Puffin)
Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story - What it is & Why it matters by Philippa Werry (New Holland)
Bruce Wants to Go Faster - illustrated by Murray Dewhurst (Inspired Kids)See Play Do: A Kid's Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun Volume 1 by Louise Cuckow (Beatnik Publishing)
Picture book notables 2017 (12)
Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic)
The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman (Upstart Press)
Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray & Terry Jones, illustrator Richard Fairgray (Scholastic)
Henry Bob Bobbalich by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Link Choi (Scholastic)
Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin Random House)
If I was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart (Gecko Press)
Witch's Cat Wanted - Apply Within by Joy H Davidson, illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson (Scholastic)
Gwendolyn! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton (HarperCollins)
The Harmonica by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Andrew Burden (Scholastic)
Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews (Huia)
Rasmas by Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Scholastic)
Maui: Sun Catcher by Tim Tipene, illustrated by Zak Waipara (Oratia Books)
YA notables 2017 (2)
Coming Home to Roost - Mary-anne Scott
Lonesome When You Go - Saradha Koirala
The 33 titles selected represent a mix of many of New Zealand’s well-established authors and a significant number of new authors and self-published books.
"The awards, given since 2000, are a respected yardstick for the best children’s books published in New Zealand each year, an invaluable guide for booksellers and buyers and much prized by authors, illustrators and publishers," says Dr Libby Limbrick, Storylines Chair.
This annual list of Notable Books also ensures that children, parents/grandparents, teachers, librarians and the public are all made aware of the large range of high-quality children’s and teens’ books being published in New Zealand.
The selection panel includes children’s and YA librarians, authors, illustrators, teachers and academics; several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor AIM) and the LIANZA Book Awards.
The award certificates will be presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day in Auckland on Sunday 2 April.
The Margaret Mahy Medal Lecture will be delivered at the same event.
The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature, through their author awards, publications, advocacy and their brand new Storylines National Festival Tour.
For further information please contact:
Lorraine Steele, Lighthouse PR: