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The biennial DANZ Children’s Book Award was established to recognise, award, and celebrate diverse children’s fiction, and stories that push boundaries, challenge stereotypes, and celebrate diverse and marginalised people and communities.聽 The award was launched in August 2023 in partnership with the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA). The winner will be announced in March. More information about the award is available on the DANZ website:聽 https://authors.org.nz/event/danz-childrens-book-award/

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Picture Books
CeremonyAdam Goodes and Ellie Lang, illustrated by David Hardy
Be Careful, Xiao Xin!Alice Pung, illustrated by Sher Rill Ng
Come Over to My HouseSally Rippin and Eliza Hull, illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett

 

Chapter Books
When Granny Came to StayAlice Pung, illustrated by Sally Soweol Han
MakuMeyne Wyatt
29 Things You Didn't Know About Me聽Solli Raphael, illustrated by Olana Janfa

 

Middle Grade
The Wintrish GirlMelanie La'Brooy
The Wrath of the Woolington WyrmKaren Foxlee, illustrated by Freda Chiu
No WordsMaryam Master

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