What an exciting week it has been. First, I flew to Nelson and visited eight schools overthree days. The kids loved the puppets and were great at guessing who the famous people were (from the baby photographs). Then came awards night at the Amora Hotel in Wellington and what a splendid looking event it was.
Thankfully, the non-fiction category was announced straight away. Nice Day for a War won and Digging Up the Past came second but we won the Children's Choice Award for Non-fiction. Illustrator Bruce Potter and I were delighted.
I was thrilled that author Leonie Agnew won the Junior Fiction award with her book Super Finn and also won Best First Book. She's a Kiwi Write4Kidz member! Barbara Else came second with her book 'The Travelling Restaurant'.
Rahui won the picture book award and the graphic novel won second place. No surprises that Jack Lazenby won the young adult award with his book. I was thrilled that Jane Higgens came second with her book 'The Bridge' (thoroughly enjoyed that book).
The night went so quickly and was such a privilege to be there. Now we've got the
LIANZA finalist announcements to look forward to on the 1st June...