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The awards are a celebration of publishing and the diverse list shows that children's publishing in New Zealand is in great shape, with a wide variety of topics, authors, illustrators and publishers.
Best news of all is that authors are invited to participate in a tour of schools and libraries in early August. I can't wait to take part, especially as it was our tour of schools in 2013 that gave Ned and I the idea to create a book about New Zealand's sea life.
The award ceremony will be on 13 August. Under the Ocean will also be featured in the Wellington Storylines Festival that will be held later in August, so Ned and I will have a busy month promoting our book with children and parents
For parents, schools, libraries and booksellers - here are some ideas for Tips for Reading Under the Ocean with Children and you can also find some craft ideas and useful links on my Pinterest board - Explore NZ Sea life.
Congratulations to the other finalists and many thanks to the judges.