New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016

Thursday 11 August 2016

The winners of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the HELL Children’s Choice Awards were announced last night.

ANZAC Heroes was the big winner. Written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic, it won both the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.

ANZAC Heroes looks at the triumphs and tragedies of 30 heroic Australasians during World Wars One and Two. It includes ANZAC soldiers, as well as Air Force and Navy soldiers, medics, a spy, an ambulance driver and a humanitarian.

Local author Rachael Craw's book Stray, part two in the Spark sci-fi trilogy, took out the Hell Children's Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction.

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are administered by the New Zealand Book Council on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.

 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

 Category  Winner

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and Winner of the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

ANZAC Heroes

by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic.

Best First Book Award

Allis the little tractor

by Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge.

Te Kura Pounamu Award for best book in te reo Māori

Whiti te rā!

by Patricia Grace, translated by Kawata Teepa, illustrated by Andrew Burdan.

 Picture Book Award

The Little Kiwi’s Matariki

written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson.

 Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle

by Kate De Goldi.

 Young Adult Fiction Award

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo

by Brian Falkner.

 Russell Clark Award for Illustration

 Much Ado About Shakespeare 

by Donovan Bixley.

 Winners of the 2016 HELL Children’s Choice Awards 

Te reo Māori

Te hua tuatahi a kuwi

written and illustrated by Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa.

Picture Book

The house on the hill

by Kyle Mewburn illustrated by Sarah Davis.

Junior Fiction

The girl who rode the wind

by Stacy Gregg.


First to the top

by David Hill and Illustrated by Phoebe Morris.

Young Adult Fiction


by Rachael Craw.

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