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Storylines Notable Books List 2020

The 2020 Storylines Notable Books List, for the highest quality books in five genres published during 2019, is compiled from more than 110 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 2020 Storylines Notable Books list (with books listed as recommended from youngest to oldest readers in each category) is:

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

I Had a Brother
(One Tree House)
by Diana Menefy, illustrated by Malena Laugesen
I had a Brother-650
Song of the River
(Gecko Press)
by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews
Song of the River-60
Granny McFlitter A Country Yarn
(Penguin Random House)
by Heather Haylock, illustrated by Lael Chisholm
Granny McFlitter - A Country Yarn-722
The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!
(Scholastic NZ)
by Elaine Bickell, illustrated by Raymond McGrath
Little Ghost Who Lost Her BOO Front CVR FINAL HR-227
Things in the Sea are Touching Me!
(Scholastic NZ)
by Linda Jane Keegan, illustrated by Minky Stapleton
Things in the sea are touching me HR-933
The Gobbledegook Book
(Gecko Press)
by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
The Gobbledegook Book-847
Mr Kiwi Has an Important Job
(Potton & Burton)
by Heather Hunt
Mr Kiwi Has an Important Job-302
Bess the Brave War Horse
(Scholastic NZ)
by Susan Brocker, illustrated by Raymond McGrath
Bess The Brave War Horse HR-859

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

Prince of Ponies
by Stacy Gregg
Prince of Ponies-570
Avis and the Promise of Dragons 
(The Cuba Press)
by Heather McQuillan
Avis and the Promise of Dragons-127
Tūi Street Heroes
(Wildling Books)
by Anne Kayes
Tui Street Heroes-204
(Massey University Press/Annual Ink)
by Michael Petherick
Hazel and the Snails
(Massey University Press/Annual Ink)
by Nan Blanchard, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
Hazel and the Snails-434
The Telegram
(Pipi Press)
by Philippa Werry
The Telegram-91
Bullseye Bella
(Scholastic NZ)
by James T Guthrie
Bullseye Bella Front CVR FINAL-832
Lizard's Tale
(Text Publishing)
by Weng Wai Chan
Lizard's Tale-820
To Trap a Thief
(Scholastic NZ)
by Des Hunt
To Trap a Thief FRONT CVR HR-3

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

A Place of Stone and Darkness
(Penguin Random House)
by Chris Mousdale
A Place of Stone and Darkness-894
White Lies, Maori Legends and Fairytales
written and published by Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell
White Lies Maori Legends Fairy Tales-802
Invisibly Breathing
(Penguin Random House)
by Eileen Merriman
Invisibly Breathing-765
(Walker Books Australia)
by Tina Shaw
Wynter's Thief
(One Tree House)
by Sherryl Jordan
Wynters Thief-293
Afakasi Woman
(One Tree House)
by Lani Wendt Young
Afakasi Woman-36

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

Dinosaur Hunter: Joan Wiffen's Awesome Fossil Discoveries
(Penguin Random House)
by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris
Dinasaur Hunter-316
Tohorā: The Southern Right Whale
(Potton & Burton)
by Ned Barraud
Wildlife of Aotearoa
(Penguin Random House)
by Gavin Bishop
Wildlife of Aotearoa-782
Mophead: How your Difference Makes a Difference
(Auckland University Press)
by Selina Tusitala Marsh
Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi
(Lift Education)
by Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, te reo Māori text by Piripi Walker
The Treaty of Waitangi-110
Māui's Taonga Tales: A Treasury of Tales from the South Pacific
(Te Papa Press)
edited by David Brechin-Smith and Ranea Aparehama, illustrated by Rewiti Arapere, Arika Brightwell, Te Hana Goodyear, Miriama Grace-Smith, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Josh Morgan, Munro Te Whata
Mau's Taonga Tales-128
The Adventures of Tupaia
(Allen & Unwin)
by Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait
The Adventures of Tupaia-922
Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-it Stories from Wildbase Hospital
(Massey University Press)
by Janet Hunt
Three Kiwi Tales-261
New Zealand Nature Heroes
(Potton & Burton)
by Gillian Candler
New Zealand Nature Heroes-689
First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand
by Tessa Duder, illustrated by David Elliot
First Map-114

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

Te Kī Taurangi a Puanga: He pūrākau Matariki
(Scholastic NZ)
by Kirsty Wadsworth, illustrated by Munro Te Whata i.
Promise of Puanga, The MAORI CVR final HR-223
He Paki Taonga i a Māui: He putunga kōreo mai i Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa
(Te Papa Press)
edited by David Brechin-Smith and Ranea Aparehama, illustrated by Rewiti Arapere, Arika Brightwell, Te Hana Goodyear, Miriama Grace-Smith, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Josh Morgan, Munro Te Whata
He Paki Taonga I A Maui-13


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