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Storylines Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand Notable Books List

The Storylines Notable Book Awards constitute an annual list of exceptional and outstanding books for children and young people published in New Zealand, by New Zealand authors and illustrators, during the previous calendar year.


The Storylines Notable Book Awards began in 1999 and have been announced each year since then.[1][2][3]

The list is announced each year in March and the awards are made at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day together with the Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture, and the announcement of the winners of the Storylines Tessa Duder Award, Tom Fitzgibbon Award, Joy Cowley Award and the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book. This event is held in Auckland on the weekend closest to 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (and the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen).[4]

Eligibility and conditionsEdit

  • The books named as Storylines Notable Books are chosen by a panel of knowledgeable experts (appointed by Storylines) who may include writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians and academics.
  • Criteria includes literary merit, book design and editing, plot, characterisation, dialogue and general appeal and appropriateness for the intended audience.[5]
  • Books are listed in several categories: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult and Non Fiction. For the 2019 Awards, there is a judging panel for the first time for books published in te reo Māori. and Te Reo Māori.[1]
  • Up to ten awards are given in each category, although one or two more may be added if the standard is very high.[2]
  • Anthologies can be included, as can titles by New Zealand writers and illustrators which have been published internationally.[6]
  • Some books which do not make the Notable Books List are given a Special Mention because of their contribution to their particular genre.

List of winners by yearEdit


  • Picture Books[7]

Mini Whinny: Happy Birthday to Me by Stacy Gregg, ill. Ruth Paul (Scholastic NZ)

Oink by David Elliot (Gecko Press)

Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

How Māui fished up the North Island by Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul (Penguin Random House)

Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter by Heather Haylock, ill. Lael Chisholm (Penguin Random House)

Puffin the Architect by Kimberly Andrews (Penguin Random House)

Muddle & Mo’s Rainy Day by Nikki Slade Robinson (Duck Creek Press)

The Anzac Violin by Jennifer Beck, ill. Robyn Belton (Scholastic NZ)

The Bomb by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia)

  • Junior Fiction

The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker (Scholastic NZ)

Whetū Toa and the Magician by Steph Matuku, ill. Katharine Hall (Huia)

The Mapmakers’ Race by Eirlys Hunter, illustrated by Kirsten Slade (Gecko Press)

Rafferty Ferret: Ratbag by Sherryl Jordan (One Tree House)

The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg (Harper Collins)

Cuz by Liz van der Laase (One Tree House)

My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith (Scholastic NZ)

Sticking with Pigs by Mary-anne Scott (One Tree House)

Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones by Fleur Beale (Allen & Unwin)

Kiwis at War - 1918: Broken Poppies by Des Hunt (Scholastic NZ)

  • Young Adult

Take Flight by J L Pawley (Eunoia)

Legacy by Whiti Hereaka (Huia)

Flight of the Fantail by Steph Matuku (Huia)

Ezaara: Riders of Fire, Book One by Eileen Mueller (Phantom Feather)

Dragon Hero: Riders of Fire, Book Two by Eileen Mueller (Phantom Feather)

Ash Arising by Mandy Hager (Penguin Random House)

The Anger of Angels by Sherryl Jordan (Walker Books Australia)

Catch Me When You Fall by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House)

The Rift by Rachael Craw (Walker Books Australia)

  • Non-fiction

New Zealand’s Backyard Beasts by Ned Barraud (Potton & Burton)

Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else (Penguin Random House)

Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men by Stuart Lipshaw (Penguin Random House)

Anzac Animals by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivančić (Scholastic NZ)

ART-TASTIC by Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)

Why is that Lake so Blue? A Children's Guide to New Zealand's Natural World by Simon Pollard (Te Papa Press)

Mozart: The Man Behind the Music by Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

The New Zealand Wars by Philippa Werry (New Holland)

Pathway of the Birds, The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and their Polynesian Ancestors by Andrew Crowe (David Bateman)

  • Te Reo Māori (original texts or translations into Te Reo Maori, any genre

Pūrakāu o Aotearoa: Te Hīnga Ake a Māui i te Ika Whenua He mea kōrero anō nā Donovan Bixley, he mea whakamāori e Darryn Joseph, rāua ko Keri Opai (Upstart Press)

Ngā Whetū Matariki i Whānakotia nā Miriamo Kamo, rāua ko Zak Waipara, nā Ngaere Roberts ngā kōrero i whakamāori (Scholastic)


  • Picture Books[8]

What Are You Supposed to be? by Paul Beavis (Scholastic NZ)

Torty and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Fifi Colston (Scholastic NZ)

The Longest Breakfast by Jenny Bornholdt, ill. Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)

Ngā Tae / Colours by Kitty Brown, ill. Kirsten Parkinson (Reo Pēpi)

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! by Lynley Dodd (Penguin Random House)

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered by Richard Fairgray, ill. Terry Jones (Penguin Random House)

If I had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray, ill. Terry Jones (Scholastic NZ)

The Curious Ar-Chew by Sarah Grundy, ill. Ali Teo and John O’Reilly (Scholastic NZ)

Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow by Chris Lam Sam, ill. Angela Keoghan (Tate Publishing)

Ambulance, Ambulance! by Sally Sutton, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

It's My Egg (and You Can’t Have It) by Kennedy Warne, ill. Heather Hunt (Potton & Burton)

Special mention:

Tu Meke Tui: Koni atu kē ngā āhua o te manu rērere by Malcolm Clarke, ill. Hayley King (Little Love)

  • Junior Fiction

Flying Furballs: Most Wanted by Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

Flying Furballs: Unmasked by Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

Helper and Helper by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

The Thunderbolt Pony by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)

The Spaghetti Giraffe by Sarah Johnson, ill. Deborah Hinde (Flat Bed Press)

How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot by Suzanne Main (Scholastic NZ)

My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point by Tania Roxborogh (Scholastic NZ)

Awatea’s Treasure by Fraser Smith (Huia Publishers)

Miniwings #1: Glitterwing’s Book Week Blunder by Sally Sutton, ill. Kirsten Richards (Scholastic NZ)

Special mention:

The Dragon Defenders - Book One by James Russell (Dragon Brothers)

The Dragon Defenders - Book Two: The Pitbull Returns by James Russell (Dragon Brothers)

  • Young Adult

The Severed Land by Maurice Gee (Penguin Random House)

Flight Path by David Hill (Penguin Random House)

Zeustian Logic by Sabrina Malcolm (Gecko Press)

Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House)

The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)

  • Non-fiction

New Zealand’s Great White Sharks: How science is revealing their secrets by Alison Ballance (Potton & Burton)

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)

Whose Feet are These? by Gillian Candler, ill. Fraser Williamson (Potton & Burton)

Collins Field Guide to the New Zealand Seashore by Sally Carson, ill. Rod Morris (HarperCollins)

Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands by Maria Gill, ill. Marco Ivancic (Scholastic NZ)

Toroa's Journey by Maria Gill, ill. Gavin Mouldey (Potton & Burton)

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures by David Hill, ill. Phoebe Morris (Penguin Random House)

How to Mend a Kea + Other Fabulous Fix-it Tales from Wildbase Hospital by Janet Hunt (Massey University Press)

Nature Storybooks: Gecko by Raymond Huber, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

Cook Islands Heroes by David Riley, ill. Michel Mulipola (Reading Warrior)

Explore! Aotearoa, by Bronwen Wall ill. Kimberly Andrews (Kennett Brothers)

Special mention:

Powering up with Joseph Parker by David Riley (Reading Warrior)

Go Fiji, Go, by David Riley (Reading Warrior)


  • Picture Books[9]

If I was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart (Gecko)

Gwendolyn! by Juliette MacIver, ill. Terri Rose Baynton (HarperCollins)

Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard, ill. Kimberly Andrews (Huia)

Maui – Sun Catcher by Tim Tipene, ill. Zak Waipara (Oratia)

Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, ill. Jenny Cooper (Penguin Random House NZ)

Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, ill. Donovan Bixley (Scholastic NZ)

Gorillas in our Midst by Richard Fairgray, ill. Terry Jones (Scholastic NZ)

Henry Bob Bobbalich by Juliette MacIver, ill. Link Choi (Scholastic NZ)

Witch’s Cat Wanted Apply Within by Joy H Davidson, ill. Nikki Slade-Robinson (Scholastic NZ)

The Harmonica by Dawn McMillan, ill. Andrew Burdan (Scholastic NZ)

Rasmas by Elizabeth Pulford, ill. Jenny Cooper (Scholastic NZ)

The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman, ill. Cat Chapman (Upstart)

  • Junior Fiction

The Road to Ratenburg by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko)

Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko)

The Diamond Horse by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins UK)

Rona by Chris Szekely, ill. Josh Morgan (Huia)

Enemy Camp by David Hill (Penguin Random House NZ)

The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew (Penguin Random House NZ)

Grandad’s Wheelies by Jack Lasenby, ill. Bob Kerr (Penguin Random House NZ)

Barking Mad by Tom E Moffatt (Scholastic NZ)

Sunken Forest by Des Hunt (Scholastic NZ)

  • Young Adult

Lonesome When You Go by Saradha Koirala (Makaro)

Coming Home to Roost by Mary-anne Scott (Penguin Random House NZ)

  • Non-fiction

See Play Do: A Kid’s Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun written and illustrated by Louise Cuckow (Beatnik)

Bruce Wants to Go Faster by Dreydon Sobanja, ill. Murray Dewhurst (Inspired Kids)

Armistice Day: the New Zealand Story by Philippa Werry (New Holland)

Speed King: Burt Munro, the World’s Fastest Indian by David Hill, ill. Phoebe Morris (Penguin Random House NZ)

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte (Penguin Random House NZ)

The Beginner's Guide to Netball by Maria Tutaia (Penguin Random House NZ)

Cricket with Kane Williamson by Kane Williamson (Penguin Random House NZ)

The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A True New Zealand Story by Kennedy Warne, ill. Heather Hunt (Potton and Burton)

ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, ill. Marco Ivancic (Scholastic NZ)

Much ado about Shakespeare written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Upstart)


Muddle & Mo written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson (Duck Creek)

Roly the Anzac Donkey by Glyn Harper, ill. Jenny Cooper (Penguin Random/Puffin)

Henry's Stars written and illustrated by David Elliot (Penguin Random/Random)

Stripes! No, Spots!  written and illustrated by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Random/Puffin)

First to the Top by David Hill, ill. Phoebe Morris (Penguin Random/Puffin)

Yak and Gnu by Juliette MacIver, ill. Cat Chapman (Walker)

Finding Monkey Moon by Elizabeth Pulford, ill. Kate Wilkinson (Walker)

Hush: A Kiwi Lullaby by Joy Cowley, ill. Andrew Burdan (Scholastic)

Changing Times: The Story of a New Zealand Town and its Newspaper, written and illustrated by Bob Kerr (Potton & Burton)

Haka by Patricia Grace, ill. Andrew Burdan (Huia)

  • Junior Fiction

The Bold Ship Phenomenal by Sarah Johnson (Flat Bed)

The Ghosts of Tarawera by Sue Copsey (Sue Copsey)

The Pirates and the Nightmaker by James Norcliffe (Penguin Random/ Longacre)

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle by Kate De Goldi (Penguin Random/ Longacre)

The Knot Impossible (A Tale of Fontana), by Barbara Else (Gecko)

The Bakehouse by Joy Cowley (Gecko)

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)

How I Alienated my Grandma by Suzanne Main (Scholastic)

Cool Nukes by Des Hunt (Scholastic)

Lily Max – Satin, Scissors, Frock by Jane Bloomfield (Luncheon Sausage)

  • Young Adult

Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie (Penguin Random/ Longacre)

Being Magdalene by Fleur Beale (Penguin Random/ Random)

Hucking Cody by Aaron Topp (Mary Egan)

The Heading Dog Who Split in Half by Michael Brown, ill. Mat Tait (Potton & Burton)

  • Non-fiction

Jammin' with Steven Adams by David Riley (Reading Warrior)

Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic by Dee Pigneguy (Mary Egan)

Samoan Heroes by David Riley, ill. Michel Mulipola (Reading Warrior)

Beginner's Guide to Rugby by Aaron Cruden (Penguin Random/Random)

Beginner's Guide to Adventure Sport by Steve Gurney (Penguin Random/Random)

Whose Beak is This? by Gillian Candler, ill. Fraser Williamson (Potton & Burton)

Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story by Philippa Werry (New Holland)


Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, ill. Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing)

Have You Seen a Monster? by Raymond McGrath (Penguin)

Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper, ill. Jenny Cooper (Penguin)

Kakapo Dance by Helen Taylor (Penguin)

I Am Not A Worm by Scott Tulloch (Scholastic)

The Song of Kauri by Melinda Szymanik, ill. Dominique Ford (Scholastic)

The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, ill. Trish Bowles (Scholastic)

My New Zealand ABC Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ)

My New Zealand Colours Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ)

Construction by Sally Sutton, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)

  • Junior Fiction

The Volume of Possible Endings by Barbara Else (Gecko Press)

Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)

Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew (Penguin)

Teddy One Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear by Gavin Bishop (Random House)

Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry (Scholastic; My New Zealand Story)

Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic)

Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent (Scholastic)

The Name at the End of the Ladder by Elena De Roo (Walker Books)

Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective by Elena De Roo (Walker Books)

  • Young Adult

While We Run by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin)

Speed of Light by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)

I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (Random House)

Singing Home The Whale by Mandy Hager (Random House)

Spark by Rachael Craw (Walker Books)

  • Non-fiction

A Little ABC Book by Jenny Palmer (Beatnik Publishing)

Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa, ill. Norm Heke (Craig Potton Publishing)

Under the Ocean: Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Sealife by Gillian Candler, ill. Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing)

The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland (Makaro Press)

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill, ill. Marco Ivancic (New Holland Publishers)

A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children edited by Paula Green, ill. Jenny Cooper (Random House)

Ghoulish Get-Ups by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)

The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems by Paula Green, ill. Myles Lawford (Scholastic)

Piggy Pasta and More Food with Attitude by Rebecca Woolfall and Suzi Tait-Bradly (Scholastic)

A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris (Walker Books)


A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt, ill. Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press and Whitireia Publishing)

Alphabet Squabble by Isaac Drought, ill. Jenny Cooper (Scholastic)

Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul (Scholastic)

Henry's Map by David Elliot (Random House)

Swim - the Story of Hinemoa & Tutanekai and its te reo Māori retelling: Tahoe - He Pakiwaitara mo Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai by Chris Szekely, ill. Andrew Burdan, translated into te reo Māori by Scotty Morrison (Huia)

Teddy Bear's Promise by Diana Noonan, ill. Robyn Belton (Craig Potton Publishing)

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin)

The Boy and the Cherry Tree by Mark and Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat)

The Quiet Pirate by Stephanie Thatcher (Duck Creek Press)

The Three Bears … Sort of by Yvonne Morrison, ill. Donovan Bixley (Scholastic)

The Weather Machine by Donovan Bixley (Hachette)

Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver, ill. Sarah Davis (Gecko Press)

While You are Sleeping by Melinda Szymanik, ill. Greg Straight (Duck Creek Press)

  • Junior Fiction

A Winter's Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik (Scholastic)

Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)

Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe (Random House)

New Zealand Girl: Rebecca and the Queen of Nations by Deborah Burnside (Penguin)

New Zealand Story: Lighthouse Family by Philippa Werry (Scholastic)

Project Huia by Des Hunt (Scholastic)

Scrap: Tale of a Blond Puppy by Vince Ford (Scholastic)

Shot Boom Score by Justin Brown (Allen & Unwin)

Sinking by David Hill (Scholastic)

The Phantom of Terawhiti by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)

The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)

Where the Flag Floats by Dawn Grant (Standfast Publications)

  • Young Adult

A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman (HarperCollins)

Birthright by Tania Roxborogh (Penguin)

Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia) [recommended for 14+]

Cattra's Legacy by Anna Mackenzie (Random House)

Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager (Random House)

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)

Murder at Mykenai by Catherine Mayo (Walker Books)

Recon Team Angel: Ice War by Brian Falkner (Walker Books)

Speed Freak by Fleur Beale (Random House)

The Freedom Merchants by Sherryl Jordan (Scholastic)

When We Wake by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin)

  • Non-fiction

An Extraordinary Land by Peter Hayden and Rod Morris (HarperCollins)

Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story by Philippa Werry (New Holland)

First Crossings by Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald (Random House)

In the Garden: Explore and Discover the New Zealand Backyard by Gillian Candler, ill. Ned Barraud (Craig Potton)

Native Storybooks: Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)

Nic's Lunchbox by Nicholas Brockelbank (Scholastic)

Quarantine Inspected by Jaimie Baird (Primedia)

Running the Country: A Look inside New Zealand's Government by Maria Gill (New Holland)

The Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House)

Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)


Manukura: The White Kiwi by Joy Cowley, ill. Bruce Potter (Random House)

Slinky Malinki, Early Bird by Lynley Dodd (Penguin)

Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved by Glyn Harper, ill. Jenny Cooper (Penguin)

The Red Poppy by David Hill, ill. Fifi Colston (Scholastic)

Colour the Stars by Dawn McMillan, ill. Keinyo White (Scholastic)

Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

A Great Cake by Tina Matthews (Walker Books)

Melu by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Ali Teo and John O'Reilly (Scholastic)

Demolition by Sally Sutton, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)

Farmer John's Tractor by Sally Sutton, ill. Robyn Belton (Walker Books)

  • Junior Fiction

The Drover's Quest by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)

Dead Harry by Ken Catran (Scholastic)

When Empire Calls by Ken Catran (Scholastic)

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi, ill. Gregory O'Brien (Random House)

The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else, ill. Sam Broad (Gecko Press)

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker by Brian Falkner, ill. Donovan Bixley (Walker Books)

Telling Lies by Tricia Glensor (HarperCollins)

Red Rocks by Rachael King (Random House)

The Mysterious Magical Shop by Elizabeth Pulford, ill. Rachel Driscoll (Scholastic)

Iris’s Ukulele by Kathy Taylor (Scholastic)

Special mention:

Read Me Another One, Please selected by Belynda Smith and Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe (Whitcoulls)

It is wonderful to see the increase in quality beginning fiction books, especially Fishing Fame by Melanie Drewery, ill. John Bennett (Scholastic) and Ophelia Wild, Secret Spy by Elena de Roo, ill. Tracy Duncan (Walker Books)

  • Young Adult

The Boy in the Olive Grove by Fleur Beale (Random House)

Trapped Outside a Cage by Ken Benn (Penguin)

Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran (HarperCollins)

The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager (Random House)

My Brother’s War by David Hill (Penguin)

Ransomwood by Sherryl Jordan (Scholastic)

How to Sell Toothpaste by Leonie Thorpe (HarperCollins)

  • Non-fiction

100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa (Te Papa Press)

Taketakerau: The Millennium Tree by Marnie Anstis, ill. Patricia Howitt and Kelly Spencer (Steele Roberts)

Sirocco: The Rock Star Kakapo by Sarah Ell (Random House)

Kiwi: The Real Story by Annemarie Florian, ill. Heather Hunt (New Holland)

Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes by Maria Gill (New Holland)

How Do You Say 'Thank You’? by Karamia Muller, ill. Mark Paterson (Beatnik Publishing)


Nana’s Colours by Pamela Allen (Penguin)

Whetu: The Little Blue Duck by Jennifer Beck, ill. Renee Haggo (David Ling)

Bruiser by Gavin Bishop (Random House)

Out of Bed, Fred! by Lucy Davey, ill. Harriet Bailey (Scholastic)

Phoebe and the Night Creatures by Jenny Hessell, ill. Donovan Bixley (Scholastic)

Tom and the Dragon by Juliette MacIver, ill. Scott Tulloch (Scholastic)

Hester and Lester by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Harriet Bailey (Random House)

Stomp! A Dinosaur Follow-the-Leader Story by Ruth Paul (Scholastic)

Rāhui by Chris Szekely, ill. Malcolm Ross (Huia)

Lest We Forget by Feana Tu’akoi, ill. Elspeth Alix Batt (Scholastic)

  • Junior Fiction

Super Finn by Leonie Agnew (Scholastic)

Just Jack by Adele Broadbent (HarperCollins)

The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else (Gecko Press)

At the Lake by Jill Harris (HarperCollins)

The Peco Incident by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)

The Flytrap Snaps by Johanna Knox, ill. Sabrina Malcolm (Hinterlands)

Nest of Lies by Heather McQuillan (Scholastic)

The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer by James Norcliffe (Random House)

Special mention:

Just One More: stories by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press), although ineligible as much of the material has been published previously, however the Storylines Notable Books judging panel considers this collection worthy of highlighting.

The Judging Panel would like to make special mention of the Nitty Gritty Series, published by Pearson Education, as a consistently good series for this age group.

  • Young Adult

Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale (Random House)

Yes by Deborah Burnside (HarperCollins)

The Bridge by Jane Higgins (Text Publishing Company)

Finder’s Shore by Anna Mackenzie (Random House)

Sacrifice by Joanna Orwin (HarperCollins)

Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang (HarperCollins)

  • Non-fiction

When Gulls Fly High by Peter Bland, ill. Joanna Bland (Penguin)

Our Children Aotearoa: O Tatou Tamariki by Sue Copsey (Pearson Education)

Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I by Matt Elliott, ill. Chris Slane (HarperCollins)

The Call of the Kokako by Maria Gill, ill. Heather Arnold (New Holland)

New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis by Maria Gill, ill. Bruce Potter (New Holland)

Yates Young Gardener: Get Your Hands Dirty by Janice Marriott (HarperCollins)

Digging Up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious by David Veart (Auckland University Press)

The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour by Moira Wairama, ill. Bruce Potter (Penguin)

Party Food for Girls by Allesandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini-Dowling, photographs by Shaun Cato-Symonds (New Holland)

I Spy NZ Art: New Zealand Art from the Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (Auckland Art Gallery)


Hetty’s Day Out by Pamela Allen (Penguin / Viking)

Ria the Reckless Wrybill by Jane Buxton, ill. Jenny Cooper (Puffin)

A Dog Like That! by Janene Cooper, ill. Evie Kemp (Duck Creek Press)

The Rain Train by Elena De Roo, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

The Moon and Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy, ill. David Elliot (Random House)

Hill and Hole by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Vasanti Unka (Puffin)

Quaky Cat by Diana Noonan, ill. Gavin Bishop (Scholastic)

Two Little Pirates by Ruth Paul (Scholastic)

Magpie Mischief by June Peka, ill. Jo Thapa (Scholastic)

The Mountain Who Wanted to Live in a House by Maurice Shadbolt, ill. Renee Haggo (Duck Creek Press)

  • Junior Fiction

Jonty and Choc by Vince Ford (Scholastic)

Hollie Chips by Anna Gowan (Scholastic)

The Crocodile Nest by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)

Finnigan and the Pirates by Sherryl Jordan (Scholastic)

Viola Vincent Reporting by Anna Kenna (Scholastic)

The Haystack by Jack Lasenby (HarperCollins)

Staying Home: My True Diary of Survival by Jess O. (O’Connor) (Puffin)

The Sheep on the Fourth Floor by Leonie Thorpe (HarperCollins)

A Girl Called Harry by Philippa Werry (Scholastic)

This Way Up by Lindsay Wood (HarperCollins)

  • Young Adult

Fierce September by Fleur Beale (Random House)

Dreams of Warriors by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)

Smiling Jack by Ken Catran (HarperCollins)

The Project by Brian Falkner (Walker Books Australia)

The Limping Man by Maurice Gee (Puffin)

Into the Wilderness by Mandy Hager (Random House)

Ebony Hill by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre / Random House)

Organ Music by Margaret Mahy (Gecko Press)

Tussock by Elizabeth Pulford (Walker Books Australia)

Bloodlines by T. K. (Tania) Roxborogh (Penguin)

Special mention: authors ineligible due to residing outside of New Zealand:

The Taniwha’s Tear by David Hair (HarperCollins)

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin)

  • Non-fiction

Brave Bess and the Anzac Horses by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)

The Life Cycle of the Pukeko by Betty Brownlie (Scholastic)

The Kiwi Fossil Hunter’s Handbook by James Crampton, ill. Marianna Terezow (Random House)

Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front by Leon Davidson (The Text Publishing Company)

Who’s Cooking Tonight? by Claire Gourley (Penguin)

Naughty Kid’s Book of Nature by Des Hunt, ill. Scott Tulloch (HarperCollins)

Who You Are is What you Do: Making Choices about Life after School by Heather McAllister (Beatnik)

Sensational Survivors: An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand’s Remarkable Wildlife by Sandra Morris (Walker Books Australia)

Star Boy and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Socks and Gloves and Weird Wabbit and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Felt by Vasanti Unka (Penguin). NB: Both books in this series are considered notable.


Our Daft Dog Danny by Pamela Allen (Penguin / Viking)

The Toymaker and the Bird by Pamela Allen (Penguin / Viking)

There was a Crooked Man illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Cowshed Christmas by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand)

Greedy Cat and the Goldfish by Joy Cowley, ill. Robyn Belton (Scholastic New Zealand)

The Cat with No Name by Sher Foley, ill. Brian Lovelock (Scholastic New Zealand)

Aunt Concertina and her Niece Evalina by Paula Green, ill. Michael Hight (Random House New Zealand)

Your Mother Didn’t Do That! by Sharon Holt, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

Old Hu-Hu by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Rachel Driscoll (Scholastic New Zealand)

Tiny Miss Dott and her Dotty Umbrella by Michelle Osment, ill. Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic New Zealand)

  • Junior Fiction

Saffron by Victoria Azaro (Mallinson Rendel)

Glory by Fifi Colston (Scholastic New Zealand)

Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Dog Tucker by K. Drinkwater (Scholastic New Zealand)

Salt River by Elizabeth Hegarty (Scholastic New Zealand)

Sting by Raymond Huber (Walker Books Australia)

The Secret of Jelly Mountain by Des Hunt (Scholastic New Zealand)

The Dark Blue 100-Ride Bus Ticket by Margaret Mahy (HarperCollins New Zealand)

Doghead by Jill Marshall (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Strange and Diverting Story of the Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe (Longacre Press)

  • Young Adult

End of the Alphabet by Fleur Beale (Random House New Zealand)

Saving Sam by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins New Zealand)

Brainjack by Brian Falkner (Walker Books Australia)

Tribal Ash [Chronicles of Stone; book 3] by Vince Ford (Scholastic New Zealand)

The Crossing [Blood of the Lamb; book 1] by Mandy Hager (Random House New Zealand)

Banquo’s Son by Tania Roxborogh (Penguin New Zealand)

About Griffen’s Heart by Tina Shaw (Longacre Press)

Special mention:

Bone Tiki by David Hair (HarperCollins New Zealand). The author currently lives in India and therefore is not eligible for inclusion in the list. However, the panel considers Bone Tiki to be worthy of inclusion in the notable books list for New Zealand young adults.

  • Non-fiction

Counting the Stars: Four Māori Myths by Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand)

Ben and Mark: Boys of the High Country by Christine Fernyhough, photographs by John Bougen (Random House New Zealand)

Save Our Seas by Maria Gill (New Holland)

Blast! Pat Hanley – The Painter and His Protests by Trish Gribben (Lopdell House)

E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt (Random House New Zealand)

Willie Apiata, VC the Reluctant Hero by Paul Little with John Lockyer (Puffin New Zealand)

Nature’s Techno Tricks: Biomimetrics: Science Mimicking Nature by Dee Pignéguy (Papawai Press)

Dear Alison: A New Zealand Soldier’s Story from Stalag 383 edited by Simon Pollard (Penguin New Zealand)

Wearing the Poppy by AJ Toledo (HarperCollins New Zealand)

Special mention:

The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy, edited by Tessa Duder, illustrated by David Elliot (HarperCollins New Zealand). Margaret's poems have been in print previously, and therefore are not eligible for inclusion in the list. However the panel considers The Word Witch to be a treasure for New Zealand children and families.


  • Picture Books

Herbert, the Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton (Craig Potton Publishing)

The Apple by Ben Brown, ill. Tracy Duncan (Puffin)

Kei te Pehea Koe? How Do You Feel? by Tracy Duncan (Puffin)

Every Second Friday by Kiri Lightfoot, ill. Ben Galbraith (Hodder Children's Books)

Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig by Diana Neild, ill. Philip Webb (Scholastic)

The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins, ill. Nikki Slade-Robinson (Huia)

Roadworks by Sally Sutton, ill. Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)

The Were-Nana (Not a Bedtime Story) by Melinda Szymanik, ill. Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic)

Special mentions:

Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, ill. Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln Children's Books). Margaret's poem has been in print for many years and therefore not eligible for inclusion in the list. However the panel considers Bubble Trouble to be a treasure for New Zealand children.

Jack by Mike and Esther Fitzpatrick, ill. Bruce Madden (JacksBooks). For a self-published book, the design and production values are worthy of special mention.

  • Junior Fiction

Night Hunting by Deborah Burnside, ill. Jeff Fowler (Puffin)

Five (and a Bit) Days in the Life of Ozzie Kingsford by Val Bird, ill. Rebecca Cundy (Random House)

Big Fish, Little Fish by Melanie Drewery (Raupo)

Payback by Michelle Kelly (Scholastic)

Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby (HarperCollins)

Thornspell by Helen Lowe (Alfred A. Knopf)

Land of Promise: The Diary of William Donahue, Gravesend to Wellington, 1839-40 by Lorraine Orman (Scholastic [My Story])

“Why I Hate School” by Michael Fatarsky by Kris Stanhope (Scholastic)

Freaky Fish by Feana Tu'akoi, ill. Eleanor Meecham (Puffin [Kiwi Bites])

  • Young Adult

Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale (Random House)

The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi (Longacre Press)

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner (Walker Books)

Scorched Bone [Chronicles of Stone, Book 1] by Vince Ford (Scholastic)

Gool by Maurice Gee (Puffin Books)

Shadow of the Mountain by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)

  • Non-fiction

Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood by Gavin Bishop (Random House)

High-tech Legs of Everest by Mark Inglis with Sarah Ell (Random House)

Let's Get Art: Children Look at Contemporary New Zealand Art by Brad Irwin, ill. John Ward Knox (Random House)

Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers by Brigid Lowry (Allen and Unwin)

Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA: 68 Great New Zealand Scientists by Veronika Meduna and Rebecca Priestley (Random House)

Back and Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young and Curious by Gregory O'Brien (Auckland University Press)

Learn to Skateboard with Luka - Ko te Akonga ki te Papa Retireti I te Taha o Luka by Lee and Errol Petra, translation by Tokikapu Peta (Raupo)

How to Make a Piupiu by Leilani Rickard (Raupo)


  • Picture Books

Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? by Pamela Allen (Penguin Australia)

The Bean's Story by Tatiana Aslund, ill. Vasanti Unka (Scholastic New Zealand)

Rats! by Gavin Bishop (Random House NZ)

Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks by Lynley Dodd (Mallinson Rendel)

Dad's Takeaways by Melanie Drewery, ill. Christopher White (Mallinson Rendel)

The Grumble Rumble Mumbler by Melanie Drewery, ill. Loudmouth Productions (Huia Publishers)

Tahi: One Lucky Kiwi by Melanie Drewery, ill. Ali Teo & John O'Reilly (Random House NZ)

Mere McKaskill's Boil-up by Tracy Duncan (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).

No Room for a Mouse by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Freya Blackwood (Scholastic Australia)

The Puppet Box by Moira Wairama, ill. Bruce Potter (Scholastic New Zealand)

Special mention:

Illustrated Myths & Legends of the Pacific by A.W. Reed, ill. Jenny Cooper (Reed, now Raupo Publishing). The stories were first published in 1969 as Fairy Tales from the Pacific Islands. The panel considers this edition, with new illustrations, to be a treasure for New Zealand children.

  • Junior Fiction

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, ill. Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

The Mad Tadpole Adventure by Melanie Drewery, ill. Jenny Cooper (Scholastic New Zealand)

The Dumpster Saga by Craig Harrison (Scholastic New Zealand)

Shadows in the Ice by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)

Dead Dan's Dee by Phyllis Johnston (Longacre Press)

What Happened That Day by Marie Langley (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).

Taking Off by Janice Marriott (HarperCollins)

Yo, Shark Bait! by Vicki Simpson (Scholastic New Zealand)

Archie's Adventures by Leonie Jayne Thorpe (HarperCollins)

The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-off by Philippa Werry (Scholastic New Zealand)

  • Young Adult

The Transformation of Minna Hargeaves by Fleur Beale (Random House NZ)

Monsters of Blood and Honour by Ken Catran (Random House NZ)

Salt by Maurice Gee (Penguin)

In Too Deep by DC Grant (Scholastic New Zealand)

Smashed by Mandy Hager (Random House NZ.)

Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan (Simon & Schuster)

Losing It by Sandy McKay (Longacre Press)

The Sea-wreck Stranger by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)

Hideout by Lorraine Orman (Longacre Press)

Zillah by Penelope Todd (Longacre Press)

  • Non-fiction

Draw New Zealand Birds by Heather Arnold, ill. Geoff Moon and Rod Morris (Reed, now Raupo Publishing)

Weather Watch New Zealand by Sandra Carrod (Reed, now Raupo Publishing)

The Dalai Lama Story by Andrew Crowe (Longacre Press)

Which New Zealand Spider? by Andrew Crowe (Penguin)

Rubbish by Rachael Goddard, ill. Moira Corridan and Cheryl Reynolds (photos) (Reed, now Raupo Publishing)

Reaching the Summit: Sir Edmund Hillary's Story by Alexa Johnston with David Larsen (Puffin Books)

Poetry Pudding: A Delicious Collection of Rhyme and Wit edited by Jenny Argante, ill. Debbie Tipuna (Reed, now Raupo Publishing)

Illustrated History of Antarctica by Marcia Stenson (Random House NZ)

What is a …? Series by Feana Tu'akoi (Scholastic New Zealand)


  • Picture Books

Share Said the Rooster by Pamela Allen (Viking)

A Present from the Past by Jennifer Beck, ill. Lindy Fisher (Scholastic New Zealand)

Riding the Waves: Four Māori Myths by Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand) [Also available in te reo Māori as Te Re Whakaeke i ngā Ngaru: e Whā Tino Pūrākau translated by Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira]

Greedy Cat and the Sneeze by Joy Cowley, ill. Robyn Belton (Scholastic New Zealand)

Billy: A Lolly Leopold Story by Kate De Goldi, ill. Jacqui Colley (Trapeze)

Itiiti's Gift by Melanie Drewery, ill. Fifi Colston (Reed)

The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff by Ben Galbraith (Hodder Children's Books)

Matatuhi by Robyn Kahukiwa (Puffin) [Also available in te reo Māori as Matatuhi translated by Kiwa Hammond]

Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! by Kyle Mewburn, ill. Ali Teo and John O'Reilly (Scholastic New Zealand)

Barnaby Bennett by Hannah Rainforth, ill. Ali Teo (Huia Publishers)

Special mention:

Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy, ill. Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln). Margaret’s poem has been in print in a poetry collection for many years and therefore not eligible for inclusion in the list. However, the panel considers Down the Back of the Chair to be a treasure for New Zealand children.

  • Junior Fiction

And Did Those Feet… by Ted Dawe (Longacre Press)

Boyznbikes by Vince Ford (Scholastic New Zealand)

Ocean Without End [The Swashbuckler Trilogy, Book 1] by Kelly Gardiner (HarperCollins)

Frog Whistle Mine by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)

Thor's Tale: Endurance and Adventure in the Southern Ocean by Janice Marriott (HarperCollins)

The Unquiet by Carolyn McCurdie (Longacre Press)

Mind Over Matter by Heather McQuillan (Scholastic New Zealand)

Old Bones by Bill Nagelkerke (Scholastic New Zealand)

Castaway: The Diary of Samuel Abraham Clark, Disappointment Island, 1907 [My Story] by Bill O'Brien (Scholastic New Zealand)

The Whizbanger that Emmental Built by Reuben Schwarz (Puffin)

  • Young Adult

A Respectable Girl by Fleur Beale (Random House New Zealand)

Spirit of the Deep by Margaret Beames (Lothian)

Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Longacre Press)

Paperchase by G. Brassi (Scholastic New Zealand)

Red Leader Down by Ken Catran (Random House New Zealand)

Aim High by David Hill (Mallinson Rendel Publishers)

Shooting the Moon by V.M. Jones (HarperCollins)

Face It by Denis Martin (Puffin)

Single Fin by Aaron Topp (Random House New Zealand)

Thieves by Ella West (Longacre Press)

  • Non-fiction

Red Haze: Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam by Leon Davidson (Black Dog Books)

Bird's-Eye View: Through the Eyes of New Zealand Birds by Maria Gill, photographs by Darryl Torckler and Geoff Moon (Penguin)

Flamingo Bendalingo: Poems from the Zoo by Paula Green and fifty children, illustrated by Michael Hight (Auckland University Press)

Celebrating Matariki by Libby Hakaraia (Reed)

It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes by Sharon Holt, ill. Ross Kinnaird. (Allen & Unwin)

Soldier in the Yellow Socks: Charles Upham – Our Finest Fighting Soldier by Janice Marriott, ill. Bruce Potter. (HarperCollins Publishers)

What is on Top? by John Parker, photographs by Glenn Jowitt (Scholastic New Zealand) [Also available in te reo Māori as He aha kei Runga? translated by Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira]

Winging It: The Adventures of Tim Wallis by Neville Peat (Longacre Press)

The Illustrated History of the South Pacific by Marcia Stenson (Random House New Zealand)

Fighting Past Each Other: The New Zealand Wars 1845-1875 by Matthew Wright, ill. Suzy Brown (Reed)


  • Picture Books

Where's the Gold? by Pamela Allen (Penguin Viking)

Nobody's Dog by Jennifer Beck, ill. Lindy Fisher (Scholastic New Zealand)

Kiwi Moon by Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand)

A Booming in the Night by Ben Brown, ill. Helen Taylor (Reed Publishing)

Zachary Quack Minimonster by Lynley Dodd (Mallinson Rendel)

Nanny Mihi's Christmas by Melanie Drewery, ill. Tracy Duncan (Reed Publishing)

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, ill. Bruce Potter (Reed Publishing)

Marta and the Manger Straw by Virginia Kroll, ill. Robyn Belton (Zonderkidz, USA)

The Waka by Jean Prior, ill. Gavin Bishop (Scholastic New Zealand)

Te Waka by Kāterina Te Heikoko Mataira and Jean Prior, ill. Gavin Bishop (Scholastic New Zealand)

  • Junior Fiction

Janie Olive by Fifi Colston (Scholastic New Zealand)

Through Thick and Thin by Shirley Corlett (Scholastic New Zealand)

Hunter by Joy Cowley (Puffin)

Super Freak by Brian Falkner (Mallinson Rendel)

Stella Star by Brigid Feehan (Scholastic New Zealand)

Sil by Jill Harris (Longacre Press)

The Moa Cave by Des Hunt (HarperCollins Publishers)

Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy (HarperCollins Publishers)

China town Girl; The Diary of Silvey Chan, Auckland, 1942 [My Story] by Eva Wong Ng (Scholastic New Zealand)

What about Bo? by Jillian Sullivan (Scholastic New Zealand)

  • Young Adult

Deep Fried by Bernard Beckett and Clare Knighton (Longacre Press)

Sea of Mutiny by Ken Catran (Random House New Zealand)

Talking to Adam by Sarah Ell (Scholastic New Zealand)

Bodies and Soul by David Hill (Scholastic New Zealand)

Running Hot by David Hill (Mallinson Rendel)

Like Wallpaper. New Zealand Short Stories for Teenagers edited by Barbara Else (Random House New Zealand)

With Lots of Love from Georgia by Brigid Lowry (Allen & Unwin)

Kaitangata Twitch by Margaret Mahy (Allen & Unwin)

The Unknown Zone by Phil Smith (Random House New Zealand)

Land of Milk and Honey by William Taylor (HarperCollins Publishers)

  • Non-fiction

Cameras in Narnia: How the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Came to Life by Ian Brodie (HarperCollins Publishers)

Incredible Science edited by Alison Brook, University of Auckland (Penguin Books)

Don't Just Sit There by Tony Christiansen with Liz Dobson (HarperCollins Publishers)

Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley, photographs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic)

Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli by Leon Davison (Black Dog Books)

Filthy Flies and other Bad Bugs by Rachael Goddard, photographs by Rod Morris (Reed Publishing)

Even More Things You Need to Know about the World by Simon Eliot by Lloyd Jones, ill. Timon Maxey (Four Winds Press)

Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand (Four volume set) by John Parker (Scholastic New Zealand)

Peter Blake Sailor, Adventurer: The Story of a New Zealand Hero by Alan Sefton (Puffin)

Plants, Animals, Environments: A Visual Guide [Blue New Zealand] by Glenys Stace (Puffin)

For earlier years, see the list of awards on the Storylines website.

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External linksEdit


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