A Great Cake tells the story of young Harvey who learns a few lessons along the way as he eventually makes his perfect cake which features at a big picnic beautifully depicted in the book on a double page spread.
Ms Walsh said the high standard of entries for this category, from five different publishers, indicates illustrated books for children remains a solid market
The Judges were also delighted with the calibre of junior fiction writing offered for the Esther Glen Medal, New Zealand’s oldest running book prize.
Rachael King was awarded the much coveted Esther Glen Medal for her novel Red Rocks, a story in which the rugged South Coast of Wellington comes alive to the reader in a riveting adventure rich in mythical lore.
“The strong and extremely well-developed characters, along with the dystopian theme, formed an action-packed story that in many ways reflects the current issues facing humankind today”.
At the Beach: Explore & Discover the New Zealand Seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler was awarded the Elsie Locke medal for non-fiction and the judges clearly see a place for this book in schools, libraries and homes.
Fan-favourite was My Brother’s War by David Hill, a Young Adult novel incorporating issues of civil rights, war, politics, discrimination and moral integrity into a well written and powerful story that had obvious appeal to the library profession.
For the most distinguished contribution to literature for children aged 0-15.
For the distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults aged 13 years and above.
For the most distinguished illustrations in a children's book.
For a work that is considered to be a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
Awarded to the most popular finalist across all awards, as judged by professional librarians of LIANZA.
Awarded to the author of a work, written in Te Reo Māori, which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people.