Kaipara District librarian, Simie Simpson, has been announced as one of four reputable judges for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and she is excited to start reading.
Prior to her role in Dargaville, she worked for a number of years for Walker Books New Zealand as a sales manager, and as a bookseller before that. Reviewing children’s books and working in a library has allowed her to connect the wider community with the books she is passionate about.
It will be the first time Simie has judged such a prestigious event.
“When I found out I was accepted I ran out of the room screeching a little bit — and I’m really not much of a runner. I feel very lucky to be accepted, especially as it is something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.
The English language judges will read and appraise an expected 150 or more entries in five categories, as well as up to five finalists for a Best First Book Award, and then a winner in each category. The Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award, for books entirely written in Te Reo Maori, is judged by a separate panel.
The overall winner, the Margaret Mahy Award for Book of the Year, will be decided by both panels.