NZ Book Awards for Children & YA 2017 Finalists Announced

We're very proud to have published 6 of the 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children & YA Finalists

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The judging panel for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has announced 35 outstanding New Zealand children’s and young adult books selected for a 2017 award.

We at Penguin Random House New Zealand are extremely proud to have published 6 of these 35 selected titles, listed below.


Picture Book Award

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones 


Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction 

The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew


Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction 

Coming Home to Roost by Mary-anne Scott

The Severed Land by Maurice Gee


Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte


Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper


Click here to see the full list of all 35 Storylines Notable Books 2017.

“This year’s shortlist reminds us that books are powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world and gain a better understanding of themselves and others. At times the vividly descriptive writing was brutal and heart-breaking, providing moving portrayals of life through the eyes of children and teenagers. All finalist titles are convincing in their realism, skillfully laced with honour and honesty throughout,” says convenor of judges Pam Jones.

The selection panel includes children’s and YA librarians, education lecturers, authors, academics and professors.

The winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced on the evening of Monday, 14 August in Wellington.

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults are made possible through the generosity, commitment and vision of funders and sponsors: Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd, Copyright Licensing NZ, LIANZA, Wellington City Council and Nielsen Book. The awards are administered for the New Zealand Book Awards Trust by the New Zealand Book Council.