Independent Reading

The Library holds a wide range of books that fit the NCEA wide reading criteria.

All the books included here have either won an award, or been written by an award-winning author or an author of note.

Check out the links on the left to explore the reading topics further.


These sites will guide you in the development of your reading log.

NZQA Resources for English

This site gives a clear explanation of the required performance criteria for students.

DAWCL List of Award-Winning Children’s Literature

This is an international listing of awards and winners for books written for children and teens, and a good place to look for books written by authors from outside New Zealand.

Young Adult Library Services Association

Look on this American Library Association site for information on YALSA literary awards, book lists and links to current and previous award winners or lists of titles.

Newbery Medal Winners 1922 Onwards

A great site to look for award-winning books over the last 90 years.

NZ Post Winners 1997 Onwards

Here you will find all the winners of the various awards that make up the New Zealand Post Book Awards, which from 2015 is called New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

NZ Storylines Notable Books List 2000 Onwards

The list of Notable Books was established in 2000 to reflect the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators.

The list includes anthologies and works by New Zealand writers and illustrators published internationally.

Cliffs Notes – Online

Use these free Cliffs Notes on literature to help with your homework and tests. Browse the list to find the study guide you need.