2015 New Zealand Book Awards
for Children and Young Adults Finalists

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are as follows:

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award

Singing Home the Whale
by Mandy Hager
Penguin Random House

Picture Book Award

Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Random House

Junior Fiction Award

Monkey Boy
by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand

Non-fiction Award

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill
by Debbie McCauley
Mauao Publishing

Best First Book

Māori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing

Maori Language Award

Ngā Ki
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Translated by Kawata Teepa
Huia Publishers
(translation of span Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

Children’s Choice Award Winners

Picture Book 

The Anzac Puppy
by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles
Scholastic NZ

Junior Fiction

The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg


The Letterbox Cat & other poems
by Paula Green & Myles Lawford
Scholastic NZ

Young Adult Fiction

Night Vision
by Ella West
Allen & Unwin