2020 Storylines Notable Book winners announced

Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand http://www.storylines.org.nz

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is pleased to announce its Storylines Notable Book Awards 2020 for the highest quality books in five genres published during 2019.

The awards lists are compiled from more than 110 entries from publishers by expert panels of authors, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and academics.

The annual lists of Notable Book Award-winning titles were begun by Storylines in 1999 and selection is eagerly sought by authors, illustrators, and publishers. It provides a useful reading and purchasing guide to families, schools, and libraries and to young readers.

“We’re delighted that the Storylines Notable Books lists continue to recognise and honour the best in New Zealand children’s and young adult books,” says Christine Young, chair of Storylines Trust. “I’d like to thank the judging panels in each category for the extraordinary amount of time and effort that goes into reading and assessing each of the books submitted, and to congratulate the authors, illustrators and publishers of the books that have been selected. There are some truly wonderful books in this year’s list and I’d encourage whanau and young people themselves to seek out these books and enjoy some great reads.”

The Storylines Notable Books 2020 are, in age order in each category from youngest to eldest:

Storylines Notable Picture Books (Age range from birth to 18 years)

I Had a Brother (One Tree House) by Diana Menefy, illustrated by Malene Laugesen

Song of the River (Gecko Press) by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

Granny McFlitter: A Country Yarn (Penguin Random House) by Heather Haylock, illustrated by Lael Chisholm

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! (Scholastic NZ) by Elaine Bickell, illustrated by Raymond McGrath

Things in the Sea are Touching Me! (Scholastic NZ) by Linda Jane Keegan, illustrated by Minky Stapleton

The Gobbledegook Book (Gecko Press) by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

Mr Kiwi Has an Important Job (Potton & Burton) by Heather Hunt

Bess the Brave War Horse (Scholastic NZ) by Susan Brocker, illustrated by Raymond McGrath.


Storylines Notable Junior Fiction (Age range from 7 years to 13 years)

Prince of Ponies (HarperCollins) by Stacy Gregg

Avis and the Promise of Dragons (The Cuba Press) by Heather McQuillan

Tūi Street Heroes (Wildling Books) by Anne Kayes

#Tumeke! (Massey University Press) by Michael Petherick

Hazel and the Snails (Massey University Press) by Nan Blanchard, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

The Telegram (Pipi Press) by Philippa Werry

Bullseye Bella (Scholastic NZ) by James T Guthrie

Lizard’s Tale (Text Publishing) by Weng Wai Chan

To Trap a Thief (Scholastic NZ) by Des Hunt.


Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction (Age range from 13 years to 18 years)

A Place of Stone and Darkness (Penguin Random House) by Chris Mousedale

White Lies, Maori Legends & Fairytales written and published by Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell

Invisibly Breathing (Penguin Random House) by Eileen Merriman

Ursa (Walker Books Australia) by Tina Shaw

Wynter’s Thief (One Tree House) by Sherryl Jordan

Afakasi Woman (One Tree House) by Lani Wendt Young.


Storylines Notable Non-fiction (Age range from 3 years to 18 years)

Dinosaur Hunter: Joan Wiffen’s Awesome Fossil Discoveries (Penguin Random House) by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris

Tohorā: The Southern Right Whale (Potton & Burton) by Ned Barraud Wildlife of Aotearoa (Penguin Random House) by Gavin Bishop

Mophead: How your Difference Makes a Difference (Auckland University Press) by Selina Tusitala Marsh

Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi (Lift Education) by Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, te reo Māori text by Piripi Walker

Māui’s Taonga Tales: A Treasury of Tales from the South Pacific (Te Papa Press) edited by David Brechin-Smith, illustrated by Rewiti Arapere, Arika Brightwell, Te Hana Goodyear, Miriama GraceSmith, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Josh Morgan, Munro Te Whata

The Adventures of Tupaia (Allen & Unwin) by Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait

Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-it Stories from Wildbase Hospital (Massey University Press) by Janet Hunt

New Zealand Nature Heroes (Potton & Burton) by Gillian Candler

First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand (HarperCollins) by Tessa Duder, illustrated by David Elliot.

Storylines Notable Te Reo Māori Books (texts in te reo Māori, any genre)

Te Kī Taurangi a Puanga: He pūrākau Matariki (Scholastic NZ) by Kirsty Wadsworth, illustrated by Munro

Te Whata He Paki Taonga i a Māui: He putunga kōreo mai i Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (Te Papa Press) edited by David Brechin-Smith, illustrated by Rewiti Arapere, Arika Brightwell, Te Hana Goodyear, Miriama Grace-Smith, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Josh Morgan, Munro Te Whata.

All recipients will receive their certificates and awards at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day to be held on Sunday 5 April at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus.

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