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Storylines Notable Book Lists 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 age range suitability 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

Song of the River

(Gecko Press)
by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

Granny McFlitter A Country Yarn

(Penguin Random House)
by Heather Haylock, illustrated by Lael Chisholm

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!

(Scholastic NZ)
by Elaine Bickell, illustrated by Raymond McGrath

Things in the Sea are Touching Me!

(Scholastic NZ)
by Linda Jane Keegan, illustrated by Minky Stapleton

The Gobbledegook Book

(Gecko Press)
by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

Mr Kiwi Has an Important Job

(Potton & Burton)
by Heather Hunt

Bess the Brave War Horse

(Scholastic NZ)
by Susan Brocker, illustrated by Raymond McGrath

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

Prince of Ponies

(HarperCollins)
by Stacy Gregg

Avis and the Promise of Dragons

(The Cuba Press)
by Heather McQuillan

Tūi Street Heroes

(Wildling Books)
by Anne Kayes

#Tumeke!

(Massey University Press/Annual Ink)
by Michael Petherick

Hazel and the Snails

(Massey University Press/Annual Ink)
by Nan Blanchard, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

The Telegram

(Pipi Press)
by Philippa Werry

Bullseye Bella

(Scholastic NZ)
by James T Guthrie

Lizard’s Tale

(Text Publishing)
by Weng Wai Chan

To Trap a Thief

(Scholastic NZ)
by Des Hunt

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

White Lies, Maori Legends and Fairytales

written and published by Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell

Invisibly Breathing

(Penguin Random House)
by Eileen Merriman

Ursa

(Walker Books Australia)
by Tina Shaw

Wynter’s Thief

(One Tree House)
by Sherryl Jordan

Afakasi Woman

(One Tree House)
by Lani Wendt Young

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

Tohorā: The Southern Right Whale

(Potton & Burton)
by Ned Barraud

Wildlife of Aotearoa

(Penguin Random House)
by Gavin Bishop

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

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

The Adventures of Tupaia

(Allen & Unwin)
by Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait

Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-it Stories from Wildbase Hospital

(Massey University Press)
by Janet Hunt

New Zealand Nature Heroes

(Potton & Burton)
by Gillian Candler

First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand

(HarperCollins)
by Tessa Duder, illustrated by David Elliot

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

Te Kī Taurangi a Puanga: He pūrākau Matariki

(Scholastic NZ)
by Kirsty Wadsworth, illustrated by Munro Te Whata i.

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