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Diana Noonan

Currently living in the Catlins area of south Otago, Diana Noonan has a teaching background and a degree in English from the University of Otago. She has written for children across the range from picture books and novels to non-fiction and educational readers, and for eight years was editor of the School Journal for older readers. She also writes for adults. She has received numerous awards for her work.

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Selected bibliography:

  • The Silent People (McIndoe Publishers 1990).
  • Leaving the Snow Country (McIndoe Publishers 1991).
  • A Sonnet for the City (McIndoe Publishers 1992).
  • The Last Steam Train, illustrated by Brent Putze (Ashton Scholastic 1992).
  • A Dolphin in the Bay (Omnibus Books 1993).
  • Goodbye Toss, illustrated by Keith Olsen (HarperCollins 1993).
  • The Whalers’ Garden (McIndoe Publishers 1994).
  • Kangaroo Bill and the Forest behind the Bay: A Story of Old New Zealand, illustrated by Lyn Kriegler (Reed 1994).
  • The Best-loved Bear, illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller (Ashton Scholastic 1994).
  • Hercules, illustrated by Margaret Power (Omnibus Books 1996).
  • The Field, with Nic Bishop [I Spy Wildlife series] (Heinemann Education 1996).
  • The Garden, with Nic Bishop [I Spy Wildlife series] (Heinemann Education 1996).
  • The Pond, with Nic Bishop [I Spy Wildlife series] (Heinemann Education 1996).
  • The Rocky Shore, with Nic Bishop [I Spy Wildlife series] (Heinemann Education 1996).
  • The Know, Sow & Grow Kids’ Book of Plants, with Keith Olsen (Bridge Hill 1997).
  • A Whistle from the Blunder (Longacre Press 2000).
  • Auntie Rosie & the Rabbit, illustrated by Christine Ross (Scholastic 2002).
  • The Best-dressed Bear, illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller (Scholastic 2002).
  • Google Eyes, illustrated by Keith Olsen [Kiwi Bites] (Puffin 2007).
  • Dear Toby, illustrated by Linda McClelland (Scholastic 2010).
  • The Tui New Zealand Kids’ Garden (Penguin 2010).
  • Quaky Cat, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Scholastic 2010).
  • Treetop Treasure, illustrated by Sarah Healey (Pearson 2011).
  • Come Down, Golden, illustrated by Renée Hault (Pearson 2011).
  • Quaky Cat Helps Out (Scholastic NZ 2015)
  • Women of The Catlins, life in the deep south, written jointly with Cris Antona (a social documentary Otago, University Press 2016)
  • Half My Life (OneTree House 2020)

Awards:

  • Winner of the NZ Library Association Esther Glen Award for The Silent People
  • Inclusion in the International Youth Library Collection 1992 for Leaving the Snow Country
  • Inclusion in the International Youth Library Collection 1994 for the novel A Sonnet for the City
  • University of Otago College of Education Children Writer in Residence 1993
  • AIM Junior Fiction Award 1994 for A Dolphin in the Bay
  • White Ravens List 1994 for A Sonnet for the City
  • AIM Picture Book Award 1995 for The Best-loved Bear
  • New Zealand Library & Information Non-fiction Award 1997 for The Field
  • New Zealand Library & Information Non-fiction Award 1997 Shortlist for The Garden
  • New Zealand Post Non-fiction Award 1997 Shortlist for The Garden
  • New Zealand Post Non-fiction Award 1997 Shortlist for I Spy: The Rocky Shore
  • Winner of the New Zealand Library and Information Non-fiction Award 1997 for I Spy: Wildlife
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 1997 shortlist for I Spy: The Pond
  • Recipient of the Wilderness Society of Australia’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature 1997 for Hercules
  • New Zealand Library & Information Non-fiction Award 1997 Shortlist for The Know, Sow & Grow Kids’ Book of Plants
  • New Zealand Post Non-fiction Award 1998 Winner for The Know, Sow & Grow Kids’ Book of Plants
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2001 Junior Fiction List for A Whistle from the Blunde
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Picture Book Shortlist for Auntie Rose and the Rabbit
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2003 Picture Books List for Auntie Rose and the Rabbit
  • Storylines Notable Books Picture Books list 2004 for The Best-Dressed Bear
  • Booksellers’ NZ Premier Bestseller Gold Award 2004 for The Best Loved Bear
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Picture Books List for Quaky Cat
  • Elsie Locke Award 2011 Shortlist for The Tui New Zealand Kids’ Garden
  • Recipient of the North West Christchurch Award 2012 for services to the community following the 2011 earthquake for Quaky Cat. Donated royalties from this book raised over $150,000 for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.
  • Storylines Notable Picture Books List 2014 for The Teddy Bear’s Promise
  • LIANZA award shortlist 2014 for The Teddy Bear’s Promise
  • Awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2022 for lifetime achivement and contribution to  literature for children and young adults inAotearoa New Zealand

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