Candler sea guide wins author award
Pukerua Bay author Gillian Candler has gained librarians’ approval with her children’s guide to the seashore, At the Beach.
The book, illustrated by Makara man Ned Barraud, was awarded a Library and Information Association of New Zealand award at a ceremony in Wellington last Tuesday.
The Elsie Locke Medal is awarded for a work considered to be a distinguished contribution to nonfiction for young people.
Judge Pene Walsh said she saw a place for At the Beach in schools, libraries and homes.
‘‘It is a hot-chocolat-table book for not only the child who loves facts, but the one who loves quirky stuff and stories. It is a book for browsing,’’ Walsh said. Candler was thrilled with her win. ‘‘These special awards are selected by a judging panel of librarians, those book specialists who know what children love to read. What a privilege to be selected by them for this award,’’ she said.
‘‘And to top it off, Elsie Locke holds a special place in my children’s book memories. Her classic, The Runaway Settlers, was the first children’s book I read that was set in New Zealand.
‘‘ Not only that, but it was an inspiring story of children succeeding against adversity.’’