Scoop Review of Books

Release: Best Book for Young Readers


8 August 2018

“A landmark title which will stand the test of time” has been crowned the country’s best book for young readers. Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, by Christchurch writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop, received the top honour at the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, announced last night at an exuberant event at Te Papa in Wellington.

The judges describe it as a book for every home, school and library, which can be read and re-read by all ages. “It’s masterful in its execution – a work of art that bears repeated and thoughtful reading and viewing of its vibrant and informative illustrations, a book of enduring significance in the canon of New Zealand children’s literature. We’ve seen nothing quite like it in New Zealand children’s publishing.”
– Convenor of judges Jeannie Skinner
You can read about all the night’s winners here, and a full account of the evening here.