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Check out the winners!

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults champion and honour New Zealand’s literature for tamariki and rangatahi. The winners were announced on Wednesday August 10, and now’s your chance to check them out.

The awards are a celebration of New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators, and the contribution they make to building our national identity and heritage. So without further ado, here’s the winners of 2022! We’re including a link to the book in our collection, so you can see if it’s available. If it’s not, place a reservation

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction and Russell Clark Award For Illustration

Atua: Māori Gods and Heroes, written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop

 “Before the beginning there was nothing. No sound, no air, no colour: nothing. TE KORE, NOTHING. No one knows how long this nothing lasted because there was no time. However, in this great nothing there was a sense of waiting. Something was about to happen.

Find it in the library.

Picture Book Category Winner

Lion guards the cake, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

“Lion is full of pride when it comes to guarding his home and when the birthday cake has been made for the next day’s celebrations, he goes where he is needed most … to guard the cake. But in the morning, the household awakes to a chaotic scene. What happened when Lion was guarding the cake?”

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Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

The Memory Thief, written by Leonie Agnew

Seth has been trapped behind the iron bars of the public gardens for as long as he can remember. By day he’s frozen as a statue of a shepherd boy, but as soon as the sun sets he roams the park, ravenously hungry. He is a troll, and the food he seeks is human memories. Then he meets Stella.

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Young Adult Fiction Award

Learning to Love Blue, written by Saradha Koirala

With Vox Pop and high school behind her, 18-year-old Paige arrives in Melbourne with her suitcase and bass guitar; a copy of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles and Joni Mitchell’s Blue – a gift from her estranged mother that she’s still learning to love. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes, all of whom left home to make it in 1960s New York, Paige knows Melbourne’s the new rock and roll capital of the world: if she can’t make it here, she can’t make it anywhere.

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Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori

I Waho, i te Moana, written by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Jenny Cooper and translated by Pānia Papa

Out in the moana, underneath the sparkling sun, lived a mother sea lion and her little pup one. A playful retelling of the much-loved traditional story, Over in the Meadow.

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NZSA Best First Book Award

Spark Hunter, written by Sonya Wilson

Over a million hectares of wild bush-clad land and one young hunter… Nissa Marshall knows that something is hiding deep in the forests of Fiordland National Park – she’s seen their lights in the trees. But what are they, and why does no one else seem to notice them?

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Congratulations to the winners! You can see the full shortlist at the New Zealand Book Awards Trust website – it’s a great starting point for some of the newest and best stories for tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth).

Sinag Sri Lanka Foundation donates 76 books to Palmerston North City Library

The Sinag Sri Lanka Foundation of New Zealand has coordinated the donation of 76 books to Palmerston North City Library.

The books cover a wide range of genres, from novels, educational books, children’s stories and Jataka stories.

Jataka stories are Buddhist stories of the past lives of Siddhartha Gautama before he became the Buddha in his final life. These stories illustrate different teachings of relating to Buddhism. Each story features the Buddha, but in diverse forms: he appears as an animal, a king, a wandering ascetic, a monkey and more!

The donated books come in a mix of English, Tamil and Sinhala. Tamil and Sinhala are official languages of Sri Lanka. The variety of languages allows more people can discover the work of Sri Lankan authors, and so speakers of Sinhalese can access books in the language. All of the Jataka books are in English.

The books were donated by the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust Fund and Samudura Publishers. The President of the Sinag Sri Lanka Foundation of New Zealand, Mr Tishan Sampath Dissanayake helped coordinate the donation with help from the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra.

The books were presented to Mayor Grant Smith by Tishan Dissanayake from the Sinag Sri Lanka Foundation on Friday 24 September. A big thank you to the Sinang Sri Lanka Foundation of New Zealand and the Sri Lankan High Commission for the donation to the Library and Palmy residents!

The books will be processed and added to our collection before becoming available to borrow in the future. The library currently has around 40 books in Sinhala and Tamil for the Sri Lankan community, and this donation offers more variety, especially for children.

Kia ora rawa atu to the Sinag Sri Lanka Foundation, the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust Fund and Samudura Publisher for your kind donation!

Postscript: this post was updated on 27 September following updated information from the donors. Our apologies for the errors.