Parents, caregivers, aunties, uncles, nanas, grandads, kids ... we are all looking for great books to read, and have read to us. And the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults brings together a bunch of brilliant books.
The full list of winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:
New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category: Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)
Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500: The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)
Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500: Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)
Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)
Best First Book: Prize $2,000: A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)
Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000: The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)
Honour award: Prize $500: Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)
Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April) Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)
— Booksellers NZ (@BooksellersNZ) June 23, 2014
Our own wonderful librarian Zac Harding was a judge, along with Ant Sang and Barbara Else.