CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019 Notables

The notables for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced and we're excited that seventeen of our books have been selected!

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS
Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Changing Gear by Scot Gardner
A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
White Night by Ellie Marney
Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan 
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS
Brindabella by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Shine Mountain by Julie Hunt  
Fairytales for Feisty Girls by Susannah McFarlane
The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty 
Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr

BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD
Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey by Alison Lester
Here Comes Stinkbug! by Tohby Riddle

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Sonam and the Silence by Eddie Ayres, illustrated by Ronak Taher
The Mediterranean by Armin Greder
Chalk Boy by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Mandy Ord

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.

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 26 March.  

See the rest of the longlist here

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

by Jaclyn Moriarty

An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the highly-acclaimed author of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone and the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl

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Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey

by Alison Lester

Come on another adventure with Noni the Pony in this totally delightful rhyming story by the much-loved Alison Lester. You may have met Noni already in Noni the Pony and Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach.

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Lenny's Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee

Our mother had a dark heart feeling. Lenny's younger brother has a rare form of gigantism and while Lenny's fiercely protective, it isn't always easy being the sister of 'the giant'. A book about finding good in the bad that will break your heart while raising your spirits in the way that only a classic novel can.

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Tales from the Inner City

by Shaun Tan

A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

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Here Comes Stinkbug!

by Tohby Riddle

The hilarious story about a smelly bug whose unique talent saves the day.

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Fairytales for Feisty Girls

by Susannah McFarlane

Renowned girl hero and feisty author Susannah McFarlane presents an illustrated collection of 'tilted' fairytales featuring girls with smarts.

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Catching Teller Crow

by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

A totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.

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Sonam and the Silence

by Eddie Ayres, illustrated by Ronak Taher

A haunting fable-like story by the well-known musician and author, Eddie Ayres, about the power of music and a young girl in Kabul set during the occupation of the Taliban

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After the Lights Go Out

by Lili Wilkinson

What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice?

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Swallow's Dance

by Wendy Orr

Leira's family flee to the island of Crete just before a huge volcanic eruption destroys their island and sends a tsunami to where they thought they had found safety. Another thrilling adventure by acclaimed author Wendy Orr.

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Chalk Boy

by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Mandy Ord

A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life.

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A Song Only I Can Hear

by Barry Jonsberg

Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an Alphabet.

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Changing Gear

by Scot Gardner

The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

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Shine Mountain

by Julie Hunt

An epic adventure from the author of Song for a Scarlet Runner about a girl who finds a magical musical instrument, a boy from a travelling medicine show, and their perilous journey to a mysterious land.

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Brindabella

by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

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White Night

by Ellie Marney

Bo Mitchell has little on his mind except school, footy and friends. Rory Wild has grown up on a nearby commune and is attending a 'normal' high school for the first time. Bo is determined to find out everything about her, even her secrets...

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The Mediterranean

by Armin Greder

Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns. A devastating indictment of our society's treatment of refugees by the creator of The Island.

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