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Storylines Notable Books List 2019

The 2019 Storylines Children’s Literature  Notable Book List, for the highest quality books in five genres published during 2018, is compiled from more than 130 entries from publishers by expert panels of authors, teachers, librarians, academics and parents.

The annual list was begun by Storylines in 1999 and selection is eagerly sought by authors, illustrators and publishers. It provides a useful reading and purchasing guide to families, schools and libraries, and to young readers, with the books in each genre listed in ascending order of suitability for age range within each genre.
The 2019 Storylines Notable Books list is:

Storylines Notable Picture Books (age range from birth to 18 years)

Mini Whinny: Happy Birthday to Me
(Scholastic NZ)
by Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul
Mini Whinny Happy Birthday to Me HB hr-866
(Gecko Press)
by David Elliot
Oink cover CMYK-109
Dig, Dump, Roll
(Walker Books Australia)
by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Dig dump roll-843
How Māui fished up the North Island
(Upstart Press)
by Donovan Bixley
How Maui Fished Up the North Island-895-94
I am Jellyfish
(Penguin Random House)
by Ruth Paul
I am Jellyfish-830
Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter
(Penguin Random House)
by Heather Haylock, illustrated by Lael Chisholm
Granny McFlitter Champion Knitter cover image-418
Puffin the Architect
(Penguin Random House)
by Kimberly Andrews
Puffin the Architect-864
Muddle & Mo’s Rainy Day
(Duck Creek Press)
by Nikki Slade Robinson
Muddle Mo-558
The Anzac Violin
(Scholastic NZ)
by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton
Anzac Violin, The hr-889
The Bomb
by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan
The Bomb FA English-528

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction (age range from 7 years to 13 years)

The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed
(Scholastic NZ)
by Chrissie Walker
short but brilliant career of lucas weed hr-856
Whetū Toa and the Magician
by Steph Matuku, illustrated by Katharine Hall
Whetu Toa and the magician Cover-916
The Mapmakers’ Race
(Gecko Press)
by Eirlys Hunter, illustrated by Kirsten Slade
The-Mapmakers-Race cover CMYK-542
Rafferty Ferret: Ratbag
(One Tree House)
by Sherryl Jordan
Rafferty Ferret Cover 300DPI-219
The Fire Stallion
Stacy Gregg
Fire Stallion-165
(One Tree House)
by Liz van der Laase
Cuz 300DPI-800
My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid
(Scholastic NZ)
Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith
MNZS Dawn Raid hr-940
Sticking with Pigs
(One Tree House)
by Mary-anne Scott
Sticking with Pigs 300DPI-792
Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones
(Allen & Unwin)
by Fleur Beale
Kiwis at War - 1918: Broken Poppies
(Scholastic NZ)
by Des Hunt
Kiwis at War 1918 Broken Poppies hr-283

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction (age range from 13 years to 18 years)

Take Flight
by J L Pawley
Take Flight CVR HR (3)-2
by Whiti Hereaka
Legacy Cover D3-972
Flight of the Fantail
by Steph Matuku
Flight of the Fantail Front Cover-864
Ezaara: Riders of Fire, Book One
(Phantom Feather)
by Eileen Mueller
Dragon Hero: Riders of Fire, Book Two
(Phantom Feather)
by Eileen Mueller
Ash Arising
(Penguin Random House),
by Mandy Hager
Ash Arising-925
The Anger of Angels
(Walker Books Australia)
by Sherryl Jordan
Anger of Angels-572
Catch Me When You Fall
(Penguin Random House)
by Eileen Merriman
Catch Me when You Fall-809
The Rift
(Walker Books Australia)
by Rachael Craw
The rift-832

Storylines Notable Non-fiction (age range from 3 years to 18 years)

New Zealand’s Backyard Beasts
(Potton & Burton)
by Ned Barraud
NZ Backyard Beasts cover final 300-835
Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook
(Gecko Press)
by Gavin Bishop
Cooks Cook cover CMYK-27
Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women
(Penguin Random House)
by Barbara Else
Go GIrl-559
Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men
(Penguin Random House)
by Stuart Lipshaw
Oh Boy-81
Anzac Animals
(Scholastic NZ)
by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivančić
Anzac Animals hr-334
(Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)
by Sarah Pepperle
Art-tastic cover-798
Why is that Lake so Blue? A Children's Guide to New Zealand's Natural World
(Te Papa Press)
by Simon Pollard
Why is That Lake So Blue CVR HR-215
Mozart: The Man Behind the Music
(Upstart Press)
by Donovan Bixley
Mozart The Man behind the Music-268
The New Zealand Wars
(New Holland)
by Philippa Werry
NZ Wars-978
Pathway of the Birds, The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and their Polynesian Ancestors
(David Bateman)
by Andrew Crowe
Pathway Cover Bateman HR-687

Storylines Notable Te Reo Māori (original texts or translations into Te Reo Maori, any genre)

Pūrakāu o Aotearoa: Te Hīnga Ake a Māui i te Ika Whenua
(Upstart Press)
He mea kōrero anō nā Donovan Bixley, he mea whakamāori e Darryn Joseph, rāua ko Keri Opai.
Te Hinga Ake a Maui-811
Ngā Whetū Matariki i Whānakotia
nā Miriamo Kamo, rāua ko Zak Waipara, nā Ngaere Roberts ngā kōrero i whakamāori
Nga Whetu Matariki hr-208


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