New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Children’s Choice Award

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

The NZ Post Children’s Choice Award is one of seven awards sponsored by New Zealand Post. It is organised and administered by Booksellers New Zealand and supported by Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd. Prior to 1997, the awards were known as the AIM Children’s Book Awards.

Prior to 2010, only one Children’s Choice Overall Award winner was announced. Since 2010, Children’s Choice winners in all categories have also been announced.

2014

Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner
Cover of The Three Bears, Sort OfThe three bears, sort of Yvonne Morrison; illustrated by Donovan Bixley
Non Fiction category winner
The beginner␁s guide to hunting + fishing Paul Adamson
Junior Fiction category winner
The Princess and the foal Stacy Gregg
Young Adult Fiction category winner
When we wake Karen Healey

2013

Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner
Melu Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly
Non Fiction category winner
Kiwi: the real story Annemarie Florian and Heather Hunt
Junior Fiction category winner
My brother’s war David Hill
Young Adult Fiction category winner
Cover: MeluMeluSnakes and ladders Mary-anne Scott

2012

Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner
The cat’s pyjamas Catherine Foreman
Non Fiction category winner
New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 remarkable Kiwis Maria Gill; illustrated by Bruce Potter
Junior Fiction category winner
Super Finn Leonie Agnew
Young Adult Fiction category winner
The bridge Jane Higgins

2011

Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner
Cover of Baa Baa Smart SheepBaa baa smart sheep Mark Sommerset
Non Fiction category winner
Who’s cooking tonight? Claire Gourley and Glenda Gourley
Junior Fiction category winner
Hollie Chips Anna Gowan
Young Adult Fiction category winner
Smiling Jack Ken Catran

2010

Overall Award winner and Picture Book category winner
The wonky donkey Craig Smith; illustrated by Katz Cowley
Non Fiction category winner
Dear Alison: a New Zealand soldier’s story from Stalag 383 Dudley Muff; edited by Simon Pollard
Junior Fiction category winner
Friends: Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley; illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Young Adult Fiction category winner
Brainjack Brian Falkner

2009

Overall Award winner
Cover of The Were-NanaThe Were-Nana Melinda Szymanik and Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson

2008

Overall Award winner
The king’s bubbles Ruth Paul

2007

Overall Award winner
Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Kyle Mewburn; illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly

2006

Overall Award winner
Nobody’s dog Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher

2005

Overall Award winner
The other ark Lynley Dodd

2004

Overall Award winner
Cover of Oh Hogwash, Sweet PeaOh hogwash, Sweet Pea! Ngareta Gabel; illustrated by Ali Teo and Astrid Jensen

2003

Overall Award winner
Why do dogs sniff bottoms? Dawn McMillan and Bert Signal; illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

2002

Overall Award winner
Grandpa’s shorts Joy Watson; illustrated by Wendy Hodder

2001

Overall Award winner
Oliver in the garden Margaret Beames and Sue Hitchcock

2000

Overall Award winner
Cover of Hairy Maclary and Zachary QuackHairy Maclary and Zachary Quack Lynley Dodd

1999

Overall Award winner
The life-sized inflatable whale Gaelyn Gordon; illustrated by John Tarlton

1998

Overall Award winner
Alphabet apartments Lesley Moyes

1997

Overall Award winner
Mechanical Harry Bob Kerr