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Maria Gill

Maria Gill 2015 217-626Born in Auckland in October 1961, Maria trained as a teacher (Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching) and taught in primary and intermediate schools until she moved to a lifestyle block in Matakana. She now writes full time, mostly children's non-fiction and educational resources that align with the curriculum.
 
Her books have been shortlisted in the New Zealand Post and LIANZA Children's Book Awards, as well as being selected as Storylines Notable Books (non fiction).  In 2012 her book New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis, illustrated by Bruce Potter, won the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Children’s Choice awards. Maria has also written 45 children’s books for the trade and international educational market.
 
In 2012 Maria graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Journalism Studies and writes for several magazines. In 2013-2014 she lectured and tutored a Writing for Children paper for Massey University and co-wrote a Writing for Young Readers MOOC for the Commonwealth Education Trust.  Among her other activities are writing workshops and author talks; judging for The Breeze radio competition and Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors' Challenge; book reviewer for http://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.co.nz. She was for 13 years coordinator and editor of the Kiwi Write4Kidz nationwide writers' group. 


Selected bibliography:
  • Homework Powerpack (Zenith Publishing 2005).
  • Bird’s-eye View, photographs by Darryl Torkler (Penguin NZ 2006).
  • Operation Nest Egg (Reed Publishing 2007).
  • Dogs on the Job (Penguin NZ 2008).
  • Rangitoto, illustrated by Heather Arnold (Penguin NZ 2009, digital edition Pixel Books 2013, 2nd Edition Long White Cloud Books 2014)).
  • Save Our Seas, illustrated by Vivienne Lingard (New Holland 2009).
  • Eco-Rangers Save the Planet, illustrated by Vivienne Lingard (New Holland 2009).
  • Volcanoes (South Pacific Press 2009).
  • Under Your Feet (South Pacific Press 2009).
  • Amazing Water (South Pacific Press 2009).
  • The Call of the Kokako, illustrated by Heather Arnold (New Holland 2011).
  • New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis, illustrated by Bruce Potter (New Holland 2011).
  • Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes (New Holland 2012).
  • Running the Country; Inside New Zealand's Government, illustrated by Malcolm Evans (New Holland 2013).
  • Operation Nest Egg Chick, illustrated by Bruce Potter (digital Pixel Books 2013, Long White Cloud Books 2014).
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (New Holland 2014).
  • The Last of the Maui's Dolphins, illustrated by Bruce Potter (New Holland 2014).
  • ANZAC Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (Scholastic 2015)
  • Find it! Volcanoes (Dorling & Kindersley, 2016)
 
Awards:
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction List for Bird’s-eye View
  • Elsie Locke Award 2007 Shortlist for Bird’s-eye View
  • Rodney Writes Competition 2008, Runner-up
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2010 Non-fiction Finalist for Rangitoto
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Non-fiction List for Save Our Seas
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Children’s Choice Non-Fiction Winner for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction Finalist for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction List for The Call of the Kokako
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction List for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Elsie Locke Award 2012 Shortlist for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Elsie Locke Award 2012 Shortlist for The Call of the Kokako
  • Runner up national writing competition 'Rodney Writes' in the Premier Category
  • Elsie Locke Award 2013 shortlist for Eruption!
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2013 Non Fiction List for Eruption!
  • Creative New Zealand WW100 Writing Grant 2014
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2014 Non Fiction List for Running the Country
  • Elsie Locke Award 2015 shortlist for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • New Zealand Children's Book Awards 2015 Children's Choice (non-fiction) shortlist for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2015 Non Fiction List for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
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