The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 29 March.
Storylines Notable Picture Books 2014:
Books for children and/or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
Storylines Notable Junior Fiction:
Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.
Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction:
Fiction suitable for upper intermediate and secondary school students.
Storylines Notable Non-Fiction:
For authoritative, well-designed information books accessible to children and young adults.
Since 2000 Storylines has produced a list of outstanding books for children and young people published in New Zealand by New Zealand authors and illustrators during the previous calendar year.
Books are categorised as: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult and Non Fiction. Allowing approximately ten in each category, the Storylines list is seen as complementary to the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and the LIANZA Awards.
The decision to compile this annual list of Notable Books was based on a desire to ensure that children, parents/grandparents, teachers, librarians and the public were made aware of the range of high quality books being published.
Storylines Notable Books have been selected from 109 books submitted by publishers, and considered by an expert panel from the Storylines community that includes librarians, teachers, teacher educators, academics and authors, as worthy of being recognised as notable in each year. Several members of the panel have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor) and the LIANZA Book Awards.