2014: NZ Post Children's Book Awards

A selection of this year's NZ Post Children's Book Award finalists from our catalogue. Keep an eye out, as we add to this list!
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2014 Non-fiction finalist: Useful for the whole family, this fascinating new book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day in an engaging and informative style, seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, right through to the format of the commemorative services held annually throughout the country

A reference book for children detailing everything you need to know about ANZAC Day

2014 Non-fiction finalist: The annual World of Wearable Art show has become a NZ institution, famous the world over. Veteran WOW designer, Fifi Colston, shares here the joys of creating wearable art from recycled materials in this fascinating 'how-to' book.

Wearable Wonders: Learn How to Create Your Own Wearable Wonder! by Fifi Colston Winner of the 2014 LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award

2014 Picture Book finalist: The Three Bears … as you’ve never seen it before! Hilarious! Once upon a time, there were three bears … What kind? Huh? What kind of bears? Grizzly bears? Sun bears? Polar bears? Um … the last one. And they lived in the woods … Polar bears don’t live in the woods. They live in the Arctic. Fall out of your chair laughing as a cheeky child questions every aspect of the classic story of ‘The Three Bears’. Don’t bears prefer salmon to porridge? And how come they can…

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2014 Junior Fiction finalist: Adam is 13 years old and lives with his family on a small farm in rural Poland. It is 1939 and the war has just broken out. Russians invade Poland and confiscate Adam’s family’s house and farm. They are sent to live with another family nearby, but are then moved on and put on a train for a Russian labour camp as refugees, prisoners of Russia.

A Winter's Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik winner of the 2014 LIANZA Librarians' Choice Award.

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: William and Melissa have been roped into helping their weird grandparents fix up their holiday home in the country. How will they cope with no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company?

Dunger by Joe Cowley winner of the 2014 LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: As children, Logan's grandfather and his sister Mavis spotted a beautiful and unusual bird in the kowhai tree outside their house: it was a huia, which was believed to be extinct. Now, more than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try to solve the mystery of what happened to the huia all those years ago. Can the group rely on Grandpop's version of events, and find the huia's final resting place?

Project Huia - Book Study - Extension Learners This reading project was run successfully last term, with our Rural & Remote Schools students, and now…

2014 Young Adult fiction finalist: When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox. Set years after the Dreamhunter books, this novel returns to the same world, but is set years later. Canny Mochrie stumbles upon a secret valley where magic exists and discovers her natural talent for manipulating magic.

2014 Non-fiction finalist: The cold is coming and Scout is on a daring flight in search of the last flowers of autumn. Scout's mission is very dangerous, but it is also vital, because the flowers provide the precious nectar the hive needs to make honey. Can the hive make enough honey to survive the long winter months?

Flight of the Honey Bee (Nature Storybooks) by Raymond Huber Winner of the 2014 LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award

2014 Children's Picture Book finalist: Children love machines! The Machines and Me series of four simple, well written stories has a bold, clean illustration style perfect for the target age group, by the award-winning author/ illustrator Catherine Foreman.

The new series of brightly-illustrated books on transport by Catherine Foreman is called ‘Machines and Me’. Boats is one title in this series, which also includes planes, trains and tractors.

2014 Young Adult Fiction finalist: Exciting plot-driven book about a teenage competitive driver. Archie Barrington, fifteen, is the third generation of his family to drive karts competitively. He's good and this is the year he and his dad have decided he'll have a shot at the Challenge series of six races. However, he's not the only good driver after the prize. Craig is his main rival, and Craig's father is wealthy and prepared to spend whatever it takes to help his son win the Challenge.

2014 Young Adult Fiction finalist: Exciting plot-driven book about a teenage competitive driver. Archie Barrington, fifteen, is the third generation of his family to drive karts competitively. He's good and this is the year he and his dad have decided he'll have a shot at the Challenge series of six races. However, he's not the only good driver after the prize. Craig is his main rival, and Craig's father is wealthy and prepared to spend whatever it takes to help his son win the Challenge.

Winner! Maori Language Award 2014: Te Moana's home is lashed by the winds and rain of a violent storm. The next morning, Te Moana notices something is wrong with the mare in the far paddock. Once closer, Te Moana recognises it is a foal, born into the water, and still inside it's birth sac...it's going to need help.

Taka Ki Ro Wai: He Korero Purakau mo Tetahi Hoiho by Keri Kaa

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