The shortlist for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults has just been announced!
Picture books:
Machines and Me: Boats by Catherine Foreman
The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka
The Three Bears...Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis
Watch Out Snail by Gay Hay and Margaret Tolland
Junior fiction:
A Winter's Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik
Dunger by Joy Cowley
Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe

Project Huia by Des Hunt
The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg
Young adult fiction:
A Necklace of Souls by R L Steadman
Bugs by Whiti Hereaka
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
Speed Freak by Fleur Beale
When We Wake by Karen Healey
An Extraordinary Land by Peter Hayden and Rod Morris
Anzac Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock
The Beginner's Guide to Hunting by Paul Adamson
Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston

Winner – Māori Language award:
Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa & Martin Page


The Holy Fool. We will be hosting Michael Leunig at Old St John's on May 20th at 7pm! Tickets ($15 each) are available from the shop (and are selling fast - let us reserve some for you). As soon as stock arrives (soon!), we will have the greatest selection of Leunig's books ever seen in Nelson. 




Next Meeting:  Tuesday 15th April 3:30pm

Venue: Cafe Affair (upstairs)

This month's subject: Deaths of our favourite characters


For further details and to enrol in the book group contact Stella.

(The Teen Book Group meets usually every third Wednesday of the month)



New Zealand Music Month will be May. We will have lots of great music books at great prices (watch this space). Buy any music book in May and go in the draw for a prize that will make you hum! If you would like to busk outside the shop during music month, let us know (and we'll let others know).


There are lots of great events at the Auckland Writers Festival, 14-18 May. If you're going of if you're not, come and pick up a programme and some books to read in preparation.