Book characters brought alive to celebrate awards

Off to see The Wizard

Off to see The Wizard

Baxtor Shanks is on the Yellow Brick Road. He is the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, an American children’s novel written by author L. Frank Baum. Tin Man is on his way to the Emerald City with his friends to search for his heart. Picture by Liam Clayton
Leilah Sadlier-Wyrill, dressed as Maui’s mother Taranga, carries the book that inspired her costume. Picture by Liam Clayton
Jaylah Adams-Blackbourn works her magic as Elsa from Frozen.
In true fairytale fashion the princess Fairlane Williams-Grace, dressed as Snow White, walks with her All Black prince Sloan Dixon.
A favourite book character day would not be complete without Hermione Granger and Ellie Middleton-Bennett is the aspirational wizard from the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Kayne Carleton is Wally from the popular Where’s Wally book series.
Awapuni book characters - Niamh Sigvertsen, Liam Nicol, Ana Ata
Dav Pilkey's character, Captain Underpants is brought to life by Awapuni School's Louis Wyllie.

Awapuni School students dressed as their favourite book characters to celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults yesterday.

Library team leader Janine Bava said bringing the book characters to life in the annual parade was a highlight on the school calendar.

“This year is especially exciting, as our school hall has been renovated just in time for this event to take place.”

The library is at the heart of Awapuni School and provides a modern learning environment for all of our students, says Ms Bava.

Reading books was just one of many activities enjoyed at the library, she said.

There are interactive books and games, a creative colouring and craft centre, book reviews, board games, chess challenges, computers and a place for students to hang out and chat.

“Our school librarian Miss Hawes leads a team of student librarians who are on duty daily to support their peers.

The tuakana–teina relationship is an integral part of our school community, providing positive role models for peers and younger buddies.”

The parade coincided with the New Zealand Book Awards winners being announced on Wednesday night. Christchurch writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop took the top honour for his non-fiction book, Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story.

Judge Jeannie Skinner called the book “masterful” and said they had never seen anything quite like it in New Zealand children’s publishing.

The Children and Young Adult book awards event was held at the marae at Te Papa in Wellington, with a group of lucky students attending and getting to meet and hear from the writers in person.

Awapuni School students dressed as their favourite book characters to celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults yesterday.

Library team leader Janine Bava said bringing the book characters to life in the annual parade was a highlight on the school calendar.

“This year is especially exciting, as our school hall has been renovated just in time for this event to take place.”

The library is at the heart of Awapuni School and provides a modern learning environment for all of our students, says Ms Bava.

Reading books was just one of many activities enjoyed at the library, she said.

There are interactive books and games, a creative colouring and craft centre, book reviews, board games, chess challenges, computers and a place for students to hang out and chat.

“Our school librarian Miss Hawes leads a team of student librarians who are on duty daily to support their peers.

The tuakana–teina relationship is an integral part of our school community, providing positive role models for peers and younger buddies.”

The parade coincided with the New Zealand Book Awards winners being announced on Wednesday night. Christchurch writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop took the top honour for his non-fiction book, Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story.

Judge Jeannie Skinner called the book “masterful” and said they had never seen anything quite like it in New Zealand children’s publishing.

The Children and Young Adult book awards event was held at the marae at Te Papa in Wellington, with a group of lucky students attending and getting to meet and hear from the writers in person.

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