Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand | Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa

We’re partnering with Kete Books to spotlight New Zealand junior and young adult fiction bestsellers

In partnership with Kete Books, we’re sponsoring a new monthly bestseller list to help showcase the excellent junior and young adult fiction books created by New Zealand writers.  

View the April 2023 Aotearoa Children’s Junior Fiction and Young Adult Bestseller List.

Created with data collected by Nielsen BookScan, the new list focuses on New Zealand junior fiction, young adult fiction and children’s graphic novels. This first edition of the list features the ten best-selling titles in these categories for April 2023.  

Kete Books will continue to release our weekly Nielsen BookScan bestseller list which features the top ten-selling New Zealand children’s titles for the week prior. This list is often dominated by Aotearoa’s well-known and world class picture books. The new, monthly list is an initiative aimed at highlighting the range and depth of the excellent books written and published for older children in New Zealand. 

To celebrate the list’s release, on our homepage you’ll also find compelling new children’s book content, including a review of Tessa Duder’s new historical young adult novel The Sparrow, and this month’s Cover Story feature, delving into the creation of the cover art featured on Philippa Werry’s novel Iris and Me. Take a look too, at Dionne Christian’s editorial on the new ways in which young people are engaging with books and fiction. 

Anne de Lautour, Storylines Executive Officer explains the motivation for the Aotearoa Children’s Junior Fiction and Young Adult Bestseller List:  

“There is a raft of dazzling, fun, engaging and thought-provoking writing for children going on in Aotearoa – that’s true across all categories and genres. But one thing we have noticed is that junior and young adult fiction doesn’t often make the existing New Zealand books bestseller lists – which are regularly dominated by picture books and non-fiction.  

“We wanted to sponsor the Aotearoa Children’s Junior Fiction and Young Adult Bestseller list as a way to help showcase the wonderful fiction books for school aged children and young adults that New Zealand writers are creating – and that tamariki around the country are enjoying.”