Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Notable New Zealand Books

The list of Notable Books was established in 1999 to reflect the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators. The CLFNZ Notable Books list allows for the inclusion of picture books with offshore illustrators as well as anthologies. In 2019 an extra category for books in te reo Māori or bilingual books was added.

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2022

Storylines Notable Picture Books (age range from birth to 18 years)

  • Goose the Artist written and illustrated by Kimberley Andrews
  • The Lighthouse Princess text by Susan Wardell, illustrated by Rose Northey
  • Granny McFlitter: The Knit Before Christmas by Heather Haylock, illustrations by Lael Chisholm
  • The Grandmothers of Pikitea Street text by Renisa Viraj Maki, illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson, translated by Kanapu Rangitauira
  • The Eight Gifts of Te Wheke text by Steph Matuku, illustrations by Laya Mutton-Rogers
  • The Greatest Haka Festival on Earth text by Pania Tahau-Hodges, illustrations by Story Hemi-Morehouse
  • My Mum is Queen of the Road text by Jennifer Beck, illustrations by Lisa Allen
  • How My Koro Became a Star text by Brianne Te Paa, illustrated by Story Hemi-Morehouse
  • Roo and Vladimir written and illustrated by Minky Stapleton
  • Pelorus Jack the Dolphin Guide text by Susan Brocker, illustrated by Raymond McGrath

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction (age range from 7 years to 13 years)

  • Kākāpō Keeper Gay Buckingham
  • Masher Fifi Colston
  • Spark Hunter Sonya Wilson
  • Little Tales of Hedgehog and Goat text by Paula Green, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews
  • The Ghost House text by Bill Nagelkerke, illustrated by Theo Macdonald
  • Holding The Horse J L (Janine) Williams
  • ECHO Arlo Kelly
  • Kidnap at Mystery Island Carol Garden
  • The Crate: A Ghost Story James Norcliffe
  • Children of the Rush  James Russell

Highly commended

  • The Astromancer: The Rising of Matariki, by Witi Ihimaera, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
  • Clash of the Cousins, by Louise Shaw
  • The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
  • Torn Apart: The Partition of India, 1947, by Swapna Haddow
  • ToiToi Jillion 2, editor Charlotte Gibbs

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction (age range from 13 years to 18 years)

  • The Tomo by Mary-Anne Scott (OneTree House 2021)
  • Black Spiral Eileen Merriman
  • Coastwatcher David Hill
  • Black Wolf Eileen Merriman
  • Tama Sāmoa text by Dahlia Malaeulu, illustrations by Mani Malaeulu
  • Indigo Moon Eileen Merriman

Highly commended

The Other Sister, Philippa Werry 

Storylines Notable Non-fiction (age range from 3 years to 18 years)

  • Atua: Māori Gods and Heroes Gavin Bishop
  • Kia Kaha: A Storybook of Māori Who Changed the World text by Stacey Morrison, illustrator Jeremy Sherlock
  • Why is That Spider Dancing? The Amazing Arachnids of Aotearoa text by Simon Pollard, illustrated by Phil Sirvid
  • Get Outdoors: Brilliant Boredom Busters for Kiwi Kids Paul Adamson
  • Roar Squeak Purr: A New Zealand Treasury of Animal Poems edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
  • I Am Autistic. An Interactive and informative guide to autism (by someone diagnosed with it) Chanelle Moriah
  • Te Wehenga; The Separation of Ranginui & Paptūānuku Mat Tait
  • One Weka Went Walking text by Kate Preece, illustrated by Pippa Ensor
  • Matariki Around the World: A Cluster of Stars, a Cluster of Stories text by Miriama Kamo & Rangi Matamua, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
  • Standing In My Own Shoes: Letters from New Zealand Olympians and Paralympians edited by David Riley

Highly commended

  • Weather and Climate New Zealand, Sandra Carrod, Karsten Schneider (illustrator)
  • Nature’s Wildlife Weapons, James Ryan 

Storylines Notable Te Reo Māori (original texts or translations into Te Reo Māori, any genre)

  • Tu Meke Tuatara! A little kindness goes a long way text by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by Hayley King (AKA Flox), translated by Evelyn M Tobin
  • Te Kōkōrangi text by Witi Ihimaera, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, translated by Hēni Jacob
  • Ngā Ngeru text by Amiria Stirling, illustrated by Sarah Illingworth
  • Ko Īhaka me te Manuwhiri i Puta Ohorere mai text by Kirsty Wadsworth, illustrated by Zak Waipara, translated by Pānia Papa
  • Mokopuna Matatini text by Pania Tahau-Hodges, illustrated by Story Hemi-Morehouse
  • Ko Tōku Māmā te Kuini o te Rori text by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Lisa Allen, translated by Kawata Teepa
  • Ngā Taonga e Waru mā Te Wheke text by Steph Matuku, illustrated by Laya Mutton-Rogers, translated by Kawata Teepa
  • Kua Whetūrangitia a Koro text by Brianne Te Paa, illustrated by Story Hemi-Morehouse
  • Te Taonga Huna o Awatea by Fraser Smith, translated by Piripi Walker
  • Tiare Tangaroa me Taipō Moana text by T K Roxborogh, illustrated by Phoebe Morris, translated by Kanapu Rangitauira

2021

Picture books

Junior fiction

Young adult fiction

Non-fiction

Te Reo Māori

2020

Picture books

Junior fiction

Young adult fiction

Non-fiction

Te Reo Māori

2019

Picture books

Junior fiction

Senior (young adult) fiction

Non-fiction

Te Reo Māori

2018

Picture books

Junior fiction

Senior (young adult) fiction

Non-fiction

2017

Picture books

Junior fiction

Senior (young adult) fiction

Non-fiction

2016

Picture books

Junior fiction

Senior (young adult) fiction

Non–fiction

2015

Picture books

Junior fiction

Senior (young adult) fiction

Non–fiction

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