The 2022 PANZ Book Design Awards were held with glittering ceremony last week, and a long list of worthy finalists. On the education front, the winner of the Lift Education Award for Best Education Book or Series — Primary was awarded to Inside New Zealand Wildlife by Dave Gunson, designed by Dave Gunson and Alice Bell and published by Bateman Books.
The judges comments explained that Inside New Zealand Wildlife is “a beautifully clear and superbly illustrated book which reveals the inner workings of a wide range of lifeforms, from fungi, plants to animals – kōwahi flowers, sharks and snails, to wētā, tuatara and dolphins. Experienced illustrator Dave Gunson has not only crawled inside worms, mushrooms and green turtles (metaphorically speaking) to paint their insides, but has described these species for us too, in short biographies aimed at children – he is both author and illustrator, clearly one with an infectious love for the natural world. Alice Bell’s calm layouts let Dave’s illustrations do the talking, and children will love their 3-D lenticular cover. Although aimed at children, there can be few adults who would not marvel at Dave’s sea star and kiwi innards.”
To learn more about the publisher Bateman Books, visit their website.