It was a chilly (6 degree) night in Wellington last night but that didn’t stop over 150 writers, illustrators, publishers, promoters, sponsors, friends and families turning up at National Library for the LIANZA Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Inside the atmosphere was far from chilly enhanced by the generous helpings of Hell Pizzas (the major sponsor of the awards) – meat lover’s pizza was particularly delicious – and handmade, decadently rich and meticulously decorated cupcakes.
Filled with these goodies and glasses of golden (and red) wine (or juice) it was a cheerful group that seated themselves at last for the announcements of the winners. How hard to be a judge!
(I will post some slightly fuzzy but human interest photos of the gathering that I took on my iPad,later today)
The Winners are:
RUSSELL CLARK ILLUSTRATION AWARD WINNER:
Mrs Mo’s Monster by Paul Beavis– Gecko Press
ELSIE LOCKE NON FICTION WINNER:
Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke– Potton and Burton Publishing
TE KURA POUNAMU WINNER:
Kimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson – Huia Publishers
I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale – Penguin Random House
Night Vision by Ella West – Allen and Unwin
ESTHER GLEN JUNIOR FICTION AWARD WINNER:
Conrad Cooper's Last Stand by Leonie Agnew – Penguin