Old Hu-Hu by Central Otago write Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Rachel Driscoll is the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year.
It also won the Picture Book of the Year.
Other winners were: E3 Call H0me by Janet Hunt – Non Fiction; The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe – Junior Fiction; Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hagar – Young Adult; Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley – Chidlren’s Choice; Dear Alison edited by Simon Pollard – Children’s Choice Non-Fiction; Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop – Children’s Choice Junior Fiction; Brainjack by Brian Falkner – Children’s Choice Young Adult Fiction.
The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy & David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder, won an Honour Award.
The Best First Book Award went to The Bone Tiki by David Hair.
There is no such thing as a good children’s book, a good book is a good book.
I may not have the quote word for word and I’m not sure to whom I should attribute it (possibly Tolkien?). But regardless of the exact wording and who said it first, it is a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with.
The only bit of advice I proffer uninvited to new parents is to read any book given to their baby and put it away until the child is able to read it for her/himself if they don’t like it. This comes from experience because when children take a shine to a book they want it read umpteen times; and if I didn’t like it the first time I liked it even less on the umpteenth reading.
That never happend with books by Joy Cowley whose books were relished no matter how many times they were requested. This has been recognised by many literary prizes and she picked up two more last night. Snake and Lizard, illustrated by Gavin Bishop won the Junior Fiction category and Book of the Year at the NZ Post Book Awards .