09 May 2012
Voting for the Children’s Choice Award winner in this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards closes 5pm this Friday, 27 April. Children can make their selection from the Award’s 20 finalists and they could win $1,000 worth of books for their school library, simply by voting.
They will be choosing their favourite across all categories: picture books, junior and senior fiction and non-fiction. Celebrated writer’s books including Jack Lasenby’s Calling the Gods and Barbara Else’s The Travelling Restaurant compete against newcomers such as Catherine Foreman’s The Cat’s Pyjamas and Chris Grosz’s Kimble Bent: Malcontent.
Considered by children’s authors to be one of the highest accolades they can receive in New Zealand for their writing, the Children’s Choice Award attracts up to 35,000 voters each year.
Students can exercise vote online at www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz where they’ll also find a full list of finalists or by picking up a voting card from their school, library or local bookshop.
Past winners of the award include Craig Smith and Katz Cowley’s Wonkey Donkey and Mark and Rowan Sommerset’s Baa Baa Smart Sheep.
The winner of the Children’s Choice Award will be announced at the New Zealand Post Book Awards ceremony at the Amora Hotel in Wellington on Wednesday 16 May.
While the votes are being counted, many of the New Zealand Post Book Award finalists take to the road from Monday 7 May, participating in a nationwide festival of children’s books and literature. They will be visiting schools and libraries around the country in the lead up to the awards ceremony on Wednesday 16 May. A full schedule of events will be available on www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz from late-April.