Margaret Mahy on shortlist for 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Award — 09.03.10

Margaret Mahy (Icon), has again main the shortlist for the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards with "The Word Witch". Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 19 May.

Margaret Mahy (Icon), has again main the shortlist for the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards with The Word Witch

"Mrs Tisdall, a children's literature consultant, is joined on the judging panel by writer and reviewer Trevor Agnew, and former journalist, now children's bookshop co-owner, Ruth McIntyre. Together they will decide which book will take the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year prize and will choose winners from across the four categories:  Picture Book, Non-fiction, Junior Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 May. 

In selecting finalists, the judges consider points such as creative writing, use of language, impact, integrity, design and production values. Additional criteria for the Picture Book category include harmony between text and illustration. For the Non-fiction category the judges take into account integration of text, graphics, how illustrations were used to engage interest and enhance understanding, plus accuracy of data. Finalists also compete for the coveted Children's Choice Award, where kids, not the Awards' judges, get to choose their favourite book. Voting for the Children's Choice Award begins today.  Long considered one of the highest accolades a children's author can receive, children of school age from all over New Zealand vote on this Award.  Voting can be placed online  at  or by using the special voting card available from bookshops, libraries and schools. Voting closes at 5.00pm, Friday 30 April."