There are heaps of great activity ideas out there to help you celebrate the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. These ideas are aimed at teachers but you could try them out at home too.
There are some general Schools Resources on the Booksellers NZ New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards pages – http://booksellers.co.nz/awards/new-zealand-post-childrens-book-awards/2013resources.
Check out these books and their activity ideas:
Young Adult Fiction
The shortlists for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal were announced earlier this week in the UK. There are some impressive titles on the shortlists and I’ll have to get reading to catch up on the ones that I haven’t already read. I’m glad to see some of my favourite books on the lists, including Wonder, Oh No, George! and I Want My Hat Back. Check out the lists below and I’d love to know what your favourites are.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
- The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
- A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
- In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bodley Head
- Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
- A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
- Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children’s Books
- Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children’s Books
- Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
- Pirates ‘n’ Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children’s Books
- King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
- Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
- Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
I mentioned a couple of months ago about how I had been selected as a round 2 judge for the Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy Category of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, or the Cybils. The finalists have been announced today and now my work begins. Here are the finalists in my category:
The only one I’ve already read (and totally love!) is Every Day by David Levithan, so I’m really looking forward to losing myself in the new worlds of these books over the next month. The winner of each category will be announced on 14 February.
You can find out about the finalists in each category on the Cybils website, cybils.com. I was pleased to see some of my other favourite books of 2012 as finalists, including The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Fantasy and Science Fiction – Middle Grade/Elementary) and Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Middle Grade Fiction).
Have you read any of the YA Fantasy and Science Fiction finalists? What are your favourite finalists?
The Cybils are awards given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. I’m lucky enough this year to be a round 2 judge for the Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy category, which means I get to help choose the top book in this category for 2012. It’s a really exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to reading all the shortlisted books when they’re announced on 1 January 2013.
You can get involved by voting for your favourite in each category – Book Apps, Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Fiction, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult, Poetry, and Young Adult Fiction. You can vote from today until 15 October and any English or bilingual books published in the U.S. or Canada between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012 are eligible.
Anyone can vote and all you have to do to vote is go to www.cybils.com and fill out the form.
The winners of the 2012 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards were announced in Wellington last night. The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards are awarded each year by Children’s Librarians for outstanding books for children and young people. Here are the winners in each category:
LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal
The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else, (GECKO Press).
LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award
Pyre of Queens by David Hair, (Penguin NZ)
LIANZA Illustration Award – Russell Clark Award
Rāhui by Chris Szekely and Malcolm Ross, (Huia).
LIANZA Non Fiction Award – Elsie Locke Medal
Nice Day for a War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott, illustrated by Chris Slane (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd).
Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)
Ngā Taniwha i te-Whanga-nui-a-Tara by Moira Wairama and Bruce Potter, (Penguin NZ).
The winner of each category was awarded a medal or taonga and $1,000.
Librarians’ Choice Award
Rāhui by Chris Szekely and Malcolm Ross, (Huia).
For more information about the awards see the LIANZA website.