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New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Children and young adults review the finalists

RNZ began providing childrens' reviews of all of the finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults back when it was sponsored by Aim toothpaste in the early '90s. New Zealand Post took over the mantle from 1997 to 2015.

The four categories are Young Adult Fiction, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Picture Book. Five finalists are selected for each category and from these a winner in each category is selected. Other special awards are also made such as the popular Children’s Choice and this year the inaugural Māori Language award. (The winner for this has already been announced and is Keri Kaa’s Taka Ki Ro Wai.)

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 former RNZ broadcaster Maraea Rakuraku, has read, analysed and pored over an immense variety from a selection of more than 120 books submitted.

Producer Prue Langbein recorded reviews in a range of schools and loved the opportunity to include children in her work. In 2015 Prue liaised with Te Aro School and Hutt Valley High School.