Aotearoa wins NZ Children's book of the year

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The non-fiction book, Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, has taken out the top honour at the Children and Young Adult book awards.
Aoteraroa, by Christchurch-based writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop, won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award as well as the non-fiction prize.
“It’s 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.” Judge Jeannie Skinner said.
The full list of 2018 winners:
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award 
Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)
Picture Book Award
I Am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul (Penguin Random House)
Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction
How to Bee, by Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)
Copyright Licencing Award for Young Adult Fiction
In the Dark Spaces, by Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)
Russell Clark Award for Illustration
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, written and illustrated by Craig Phillips (Allen & Unwin)
Best First Book Award
My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid, by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith (Scholastic New Zealand)
Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in te reo Māori
Tu Meke Tūī!, by Malcolm Clarke, translated Evelyn Tobin, illustrated by FLOX (aka Hayley King) (Mary Egan Publishing)

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