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We are delighted to have seven titles named on the 2019 Storylines Children’s Literature Notable Book List!

The awards are given to the highest quality books in five genres published during 2018. This year saw more than 100 entries from New Zealand publishers and these were judged by an expert panels of authors, teachers, librarians, academics and parents. 

See the full list of Storylines notable books

  • A captivating and award-winning bedtime story by picture book creator Ruth Paul, with luminous illustrations, language evocative of the deep blue sea - and a big surprise when you turn out the lights.

  • Based on true events, a lively picture book about a sprightly granny who knits warm jumpers for little blue penguins after the oil spill following the wrecking of the Rena, with illustrations by the winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award.

  • Meet Puffin, a clever architect who always creates the perfect home for her clients. But her newest clients are VERY hard to please!

  • Will Alex win the battle for life?

  • A stunning illustrated storybook for the girls of New Zealand with a powerful can-do message!

  • OH BOY is the perfect book to accompany our best-selling GO GIRL. Chock-full of stories about brilliant Kiwi men who followed their dreams and made the world a better place, it's an inspiring and essential storybook for children of all ages – grown-ups included!

  • Chilling and page-turning, this compelling novel crackles with political intrigue, fast-paced action and unexpected twists.

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