Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Notable New Zealand Books 2009

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

The list of Notable Books was established in 1999 to reflect the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators. It appears in February each year. The CLFNZ Notable Books list allows for the inclusion of picture books with offshore illustrators as well as anthologies.


Picture books

coverHerbert, the Brave Sea Dog
Robyn Belton. Craig Potton Publishing
The Apple
Ben Brown, illustrated by Tracy Duncan. Puffin
Kei te Pehea Koe? How Do You Feel?
Tracy Duncan. Puffin
Every Second Friday
Kiri Lightfoot, illustrated by Ben Galbraith. Hodder Children’s Books
Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig
Diana Neild, illustrated by Philip Webb. Scholastic
The Seven Stars of Matariki
Toni Rolleston-Cummins, illustrated by Nikki Slade-Robinson. Huia
Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock. Walker Books
coverThe Were-Nana: (Not a Bedtime Story)
Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson. Scholastic

The judging panel also made special mention of Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books). Margaret’s poem has been in print for many years and therefore not eligible for inclusion in the list. However the panel considers “Bubble Trouble” to be a treasure for New Zealand children.

Jack by Mike and Esther Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Bruce Madden (JacksBooks) also received a special mention for its design and production values.

Junior fiction

coverFive (and a Bit) Days in the Life of Ozzie Kingsford
Val Bird, illustrated by Rebecca Cundy. Random House
Night Hunting
Deborah Burnside, illustrated by Jeff Fowler. Puffin
Big Fish, Little Fish
Melanie Drewery. Raupo
Michelle Kelly. Scholastic
Old Drumble
Jack Lasenby. HarperCollins
Helen Lowe. Alfred A. Knopf
Land of Promise: The Diary of William Donahue, Gravesend to Wellington, 1839-40 Lorraine Orman. Scholastic
Why I Hate School by Michael Fatarsky
Kris Stanhope. Scholastic
Freaky Fish
Feana Tu’akoi, illustrated by Eleanor Meecham. Puffin

Young adult fiction

Juno of Taris
Fleur Beale. Random House
coverThe 10 PM Question
Kate De Goldi. Longacre Press
The Tomorrow Code
Brian Falkner. Walker Books
Scorched Bone (Chronicles of Stone, book 1)
Vince Ford. Scholastic
Maurice Gee. Puffin Books
Shadow of the Mountain
Anna Mackenzie. Longacre Press


Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood
Gavin Bishop. Random House
High-tech Legs of Everest
Mark Inglis with Sarah Ell. Random House
Let’s Get Art: Children Look at Contemporary New Zealand Art
Brad Irwin, illustrated by John Ward Knox. Random House
Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers
Brigid Lowry. Allen and Unwin
Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA: 68 Great New Zealand Scientists
Veronika Meduna & Rebecca Priestley. Random House
Back and Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young and Curious
Gregory O’Brien. Auckland University Press
cover: Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNALearn to Skateboard with Luka - Ko te Akonga ki te Papa Retireti i te Taha o Luka Lee and Errol Petra, translation by Tokikapu Peta. Raupo
How to Make a Piupiu
Leilani Rickard. Raupo

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