Best Children’s Books for September


Sean Fay Wolfe’s “The Quest for Justice”,
Elementia Chronicles, Book 1 — Alex Callaghan

The Quest for JusticeAuthor: Sean Fay Wolfestars
Reviewed by: Alex Callaghan
Date: March 2016


This is based on Minecraft, with a twist. A long time ago Elementa was a good sever and all was well until the economy subsided and the city was split. Now two new players can change it all.

Main Characters

Stan is a brave and thought full leader

Charlie is smart but also a good friend

Kat is fierce and power full girl

Dz is skilled and always ready to go


Sean was sixteen when he wrote his first book and there are more to come!


For 8-12 year olds, but most age groups will enjoy this adventure story.




Best Children’s Books for March


Best books for April

For adults

For children



Best Books for November

Children’s Best reads

Lion in Paris – Beatrice Alemagna
Once Upon an Alphabet – Oliver Jeffers
Boats – Catherine Foreman
Z is for Moose – Kelly Bingham
Elizabeth Queen of the Seas – Lynne Cox
New Zealand Treasury of Poetry – Edited by Paula Green
52-Storey TreeHouse – Andy Griffiths
Awful Auntie – David Walliams
Book of Hat – Harriet Rowland
Speed of Light – Joy Cowley


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults


New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category

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The boring book
Vasanti Unka


Junior fiction

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Joy Cowley


Best First Book

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A necklace of souls
R L Stedman


Children’s Choice

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The three bears… sort of
Yvonne Morrison & Donovan Bixley



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The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing
Paul Adamson

Young Adult Fiction

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Mortal Fire
Elizabeth Knox


Honour Award

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Whiti Hereaka


Maori Language Award Winner

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Taka Ki Ro Wai
Keri Kaa & Martin D Page




New Zealand Post Book Award Finalists for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalists are selected across four categories:

Picture book finalists


Non-fiction finalists


Junior fiction


Young Adult Fiction


The winners of these categories will be announced on Monday 23 June, in Auckland.


Maori Language Award Winner – Taka Ki Ro Wai – Keri Kaa & Martin D Page

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Taka Ki Ro Wai
Keri Kaa & Martin D Page


Best Reads Children — March 2014