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Children's Book Award Winners Announced Today!

5 April 2001

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Book Award Winners Announced Today!

In her first official duty, our new Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright, announced the 2001 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award winners at a ceremony at Government House in Wellington today.

The winners are:

New Zealand Post Children’s Book Of The Year
Voyage with Jason Ken Catran (Lothian Books)

New Zealand Post Children’s Choice
Oliver in the Garden Margaret Beames
Sue Hitchcock (Scholastic NZ)
Picture Book Category
Oliver in the Garden Margaret Beames
Sue Hitchcock (Scholastic NZ)

Junior Fiction Category
Shadrach Girl Joy Cowley (Penguin Books)
Non-Fiction Category
The Zoo: Meet the Locals Colin Hogg (Random House)

Senior Fiction Category
Voyage with Jason Ken Catran (Lothian Books)

Honour Awards
Dragor Pat Quinn, Philip Webb (Scholastic NZ)
The Lies of Harry Wakatipu Jack Lasenby (Longacre Press)
24 Hours Margaret Mahy (Harper Collins)

“Often gruesome and at times full of pathos, The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Of The Year, is a gripping re-creation of an ancient quest that confirms Catran’s versatility as a writer for young adults and also for the many adults who will enjoy this book” Judge Mick Brown, Convenor, 2001 Judging Panel

Around 38 thousand New Zealand children voted for their favourite book this year. Oliver in the Garden is the 2001 Children’s Choice award winner.
“Text and illustrations meld together to present a story delightful to read out loud and with atmospheric, detailed pictures to pore over.”
Judge Mick Brown, Convenor, 2001 Judging Panel

Each of the four category winners receives $5,000. In addition, $5,000 is awarded to the winner of The Book Of the Year. This is awarded to any one of the four category winners in recognition of outstanding overall excellence.

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards promote excellence in children’s literature and provide recognition for the very best children’s books published annually by New Zealand writers and illustrators.

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Festival and Awards, are sponsored by New Zealand Post, administered by Booksellers New Zealand and supported by Creative New Zealand.


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