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NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Children reviewing New Zealand Children's Book Awards finalists.

Children reviewing New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalists.

RNZ began providing reviews by children of all the finalists in the Children's Book Awards when it was sponsored by Aim toothpaste in the early 1990s. In 1997 New Zealand Post took over the mantle and 2015 was their last year of sponsorship. Over the years the quantity to select from and the quality have grown enormously.

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The awards promote excellence in children's literature and provide recognition for the best children's books for children and young adults published annually in New Zealand. There are four categories: 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 in a range of schools over the years and loves the opportunity to include children in her work. In 2015 Prue liaised with Te Aro School and Hutt Valley High School who were delighted to have the opportunity to review the finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for RNZ Hutt Valley High is a co-educational, school of 1600 students for Years 9 to 13.