New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. In 2016, the Awards merged with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Awards.

All awards carry prize money of $7,500. In addition, the judges may decide to award a best first book prize of $2,000 to a previously unpublished author or illustrator. The overall prize, the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, carries a prize of $7,500. The awards are judged by a panel of five. Te Kura Pounamu Award is judged by Te Ropu Whakahau.

The 2019 shortlist was announced on 6 June, and the winners were announced on 7 August.

2019 winners

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Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

The Bomb Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan, published by Huia Publishers

Picture Book Award

The Bomb Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan, published by Huia Publishers

Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

The Dog Runner Bren MacDibble, published by Allen & Unwin

Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Art-tastic Sarah Pepperle, published by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction

Legacy Whiti Hereaka, published by Huia Publishers 

Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori

Te Haka a Tānerore Reina Kahukiwa, translated by Kiwa Hammond and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa, published by Mauri Tu

Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Puffin the Architect illustrated and written by Kimberly Andrews, published by Puffin, Penguin Random House

Best First Book Award

Art-tastic Sarah Pepperle, published by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

2018 winners

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2017 winners

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Read the judges' comments

2016 winners

2015 awards

Until 2014 the awards were sponsored by NZ Post. Prior to 1997, the awards were known as the AIM Children’s Book Awards.

See more kids' literary prize winners.

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

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