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New Zealand Book Awards

Information about the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults events at Whangarei District Libraries.
Updated: 19/12/2019 1:39 p.m.


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Celebrate the best books for children and young adults 

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are celebrated nationwide with events and activities that bring books alive for young readers of all ages. The awards promotes the importance of books and reading, and provides inspiration for New Zealand’s future writers and illustrators.

Author Visits

Stephanie Thatcher.   Hoiho Paku by Stephanie Thatcher and translated by Ngaere Roberts.

Meet author and illustrator Stephanie Hatcher. Her book Hoiho Paku, also translated by Ngaere Roberts, is a Maori Language Award finalist.
On the very first day that Little Hoiho leaves the nest, she discovers that not all birds are the same . . . and finds some hidden talents of her own!
Stephanie Thatcher, Whakatōhea, is an author and illustrator residing in Huia, West Auckland. After working in libraries for seven years she completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology, and commenced working as a graphic designer in Auckland and Dublin.
As well as being a mum to her three boys, she has maintained a freelance career in graphic design, motion graphics and illustration work. Her first picture book, The Great Galloping Galoot, was published by Scholastic NZ in 2012
All children under 11 years attending these events must be accompanied by an adult.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are supported by Creative New Zealand, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd, Copyright Licensing New Zealand, Booksellers New Zealand, Nielson Book and administered by New Zealand Book Awards Trust.



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