The notables for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced and we're excited that thirty-one of our books have been selected!
BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS
The Things We Promise by J.C. Burke
My Lovely Frankie by Judith Clarke
Sparrow by Scot Gardner
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor
My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams
BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS
Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones by Wai Chim, edited by Lyn White
The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky
The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch by Nicki Greenberg
Hotaka: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones by John Heffernan, edited by Lyn White
Pip and Houdini by J.C. Jones
How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
The Skeleton Coast: Quest of the Sunfish 3 by Mardi McConnochie
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
Henrietta and the Perfect Night by Martine Murray
The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan
Accidental Heroes: The Rogues 1 by Lian Tanner
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye
BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD
The Thank You Dish by Trace Balla
Our Last Trip to the Market by Lorin Clarke, illustrated by Mitch Vane
Meerkat Choir by Nicki Greenberg
The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course by Ella Mulvey, illustrated by Karen Briggs
Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? by Kylie Westaway, illustrated by Tom Jellett
That Christmas Feeling by Lili Wilkingson, illustrated by Amanda Francey
PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts by Craig Phillips
Swan Lake by Anne Spudvilas
My Friend Tertius by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Owen Swan
Storm Whale by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner
The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To
EVE POWNALL AWARD FOR INFORMATION BOOKS
Do not lick this book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost
The Children's Book Council of Australia is a not for profit organisation that aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The annual awards have been running since 1946 and are Australia's most prestigious awards for children's books.
by Jaclyn Moriarty
An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.
by Kylie Westaway, illustrated by Tom Jellett
Today is Aunt Daisy's wedding and Nellie knows exactly what she wants to wear -- and it's not her flower-girl dress. An hilarious read-aloud story by the creative team behind the CBCA Notable Book, Whale in the Bath.
by Nicki Greenberg
Imagine if you read your teacher's diary... and discovered she was a witch! With courage, imagination and a certain amount of recklessness, Zelda Stitch begins her first year of teaching primary school - as an incompetent (incognito) witch.
by Michael Pryor
Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart, snappy, funny and scary ghost-hunting adventure.
by Wai Chim, edited by Lyn White
An evocative and compelling story about one boy living through the 2014 drought in Henan, China.
by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost
A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video 'Dumb Ways to Die' featuring scanning electron microscope images by Linnea Rundgren.
by Kate Temple and Jol Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye
Meet Jimmy Cook - he's an explorer (he discovered Grade Three was full of surprises), an eccentric (he looks great in a tricorn hat) and someone who takes adventure very seriously. The second hilarious book in the Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers series.
by Martine Murray
Henrietta, the great go-getter, is going to be a big sister, but she'll have to wait half way to Christmas before the baby is ready. Five charming and quirky stories from the author of the CBCA shotlisted book Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars.
by Lisa Shanahan
The warm-hearted story of Henry Hoobler and the summer when a new friend, a silver bike and unexpected adventures turn him inside out like a pocket, into something new - laugh-out-loud funny and moving, from the author of my My Big Birkett.