New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Picture Book

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 Picture Book 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.

2014 finalists

Cover of Boats Cover of The Three bears Cover of The boring book Cover of Toucan can Cover of Watch out Snail

2013

Cover: Mr WhistlerMister Whistler Margaret Mahy and Gavin Bishop (Winner)

2012

Rāhui (Te reo Māori edition) Chris Szekely; nā Malcolm Ross ngā pikitia; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori (Winner)

Rāhui (English edition) Chris Szekely; illustrated by Malcolm Ross

2011

Cover of The Moon and Farmer McPheeThe moon and Farmer McPhee Margaret Mahy and David Elliot (Winner)

2010

Old Hu-Hu Kyle Mewburn; illustrated by Rachel Driscoll (Winner)

Hū-Hū koroheke (Te reo Māori edition) translated by Kāterina Te Heikoko Mataira

2009

Cover of RoadworksRoadworks Sally Sutton; illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Winner)

2008

Tahi - one lucky kiwi Melanie Drewery; designed and illustrated by Ali Teo (Winner)

2007

Cover of Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Kyle Mewburn; illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly (Winner)

2006

Cover of A Booming in the NightA booming in the night Benjamin Brown; illustrated by Helen Taylor (Winner)

2005

Clubs: a Lolly Leopold story Kate De Goldi; illustrated by Jacqui Colley (Winner)

2004

Cover of Cuthbert’s BabiesCuthbert’s babies Pamela Allen (Winner)

2003

Cover of Pigtails the PiratePigtails the pirate David Elliot (Winner)

2002

Brodie Joy Cowley; illustrated by Chris Mousdale (Winner)

2001

Cover of Oliver in the GardenOliver in the garden Margaret Beames; illustrated by Sue Hitchcock (Winner)

2000

The house that Jack built Gavin Bishop (Winner)

1999

Cover of A Summery Saturday MorningA summery Saturday morning Margaret Mahy; illustrated by Selina Young (Winner)

1998

Alphabet apartments Lesley Moyes (Winner)

  • Hairy Maclary, sit Lynley Dodd (Variant title Sit).
  • Midnight at the museum Richard Wolfe; illustrated by Pamela Wolfe
  • The sandman Esther Tamehana; illustrated by Kerry Gemmill (Published in te reo Māori as He tangata kirikiri)
  • He tangata kirikiri Esther Tamehana; nā Kerry Gemmill ngā pikitia (Published in English as The sandman)
  • Tane steals the show Lino Nelisi; illustrated by Gus Hunter (Published in te reo Māori as Tāne te whetū o te rā)
  • Tāne te whetū o te rā, manata korero Lino Nelisi; manata whakaahua Gus Hunter; nā Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira i whakamaori (Published in English as Tane steals the show)

1997

Cover of The Bantam and the SoldierThe bantam and soldier Jennifer Beck; illustrated by Rosie Belton (Winner)

For awards before 1997 see Aim Picture Book.