Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.
The Best First Book Award is administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. Until 2014 the awards were sponsored by NZ Post. Prior to 1997, the awards were known as the AIM Children’s Book Awards. In 2016, the awards merged with the LIANZA Book Awards.
See more New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and other kids' literary prize winners.
- #Tumeke! Michael Petherick Winner
- Lizard's Tale Weng Wai Chan
- Santa's Worst Christmas Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (illustrator) for Santa's Worst Christmas, written by Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker
- The Day the Plants Fought Back Belinda O'Keefe, illustrated by Richard Hoit
- The Smelly Giant Laya Mutton-Rogers (illustrator), written by Kurahau
Art-tastic Sarah Pepperle, published by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu Winner
- Bullseye Bella James T Guthrie, published by Scholastic New Zealand
- Children of the Furnace Brin Murray, published by CP Books, The Copy Press
- Slice of Heaven Des O’Leary, published by Submarine, Makaro Press
- The Stolen Stars of Matariki Miriama Kamo, illustrated by Zak Waipara, published by Scholastic New Zealand
- My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid written by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith, published by Scholastic New Zealand Winner
- Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong Erin Donohue (Escalator Press)
- Pieces of You Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House)
- The Traitor and the Thief Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)
- Into the White Joanna Grochowicz (Allen & Unwin)
- The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain Julie Lamb, Makaro Press (Submarine) Winner
- Awatea's Treasure Fraser Smith, Huia Publishers
- Like Nobody's Watching L.J. Ritchie, Escalator Press
- The Mouse and the Octopus Lisala Halapua, Talanoa Books
- Wars in the Whitecloud: Wairau, 1843 Matthew H. McKinley, Kin Publishing