Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2020 has announced this year's shortlist and we're delighted to announce that 9 of our titles have been selected!

Birth to Three Years
Are These Hen's Eggs? by Christina Booth

Three to Five Years
Ella and the Ocean by Lian Tanner, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
When Billy was a Dog by Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Karen Blair

Five to Eight Years
Ask Hercules Quick by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Little Nic's Big Day by Nic Naitanui, illustrated by Fatima Anaya
Miss Kraken by Nicki Greenberg
The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

Eight to Ten Years
Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell
Landing with Wings by Trace Balla

Indigenous Children
Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life. Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. 

The winners will be announced on the 6th November. 

The rest of the shortlist and more information can be found here.

Landing with Wings

by Trace Balla

A young girl's nature diary is a joyful journey of discovery. From the multi-award-winning creator of Rivertime and Rockhopping comes another celebration of the world around us.

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Are These Hen's Eggs?

by Christina Booth

A sweet story of friendship and co-operation, unconditional love and a surprising egg hunt.

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Little Nic's Big Day

by Nic Naitanui, illustrated by Fatima Anaya

A heart-warming celebration of all the wonderful ways kids are truly themselves.

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The Painted Ponies

by Alison Lester

A little girl whose family runs a travelling show falls in love with some wild ponies...but what will she do when she realises they long to be set free?

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Ask Hercules Quick

by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

A hilarious and entertaining story about a boy who does a series of odd jobs for his eccentric neighbours, from the bestselling creators of The Terrible Plop.

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Miss Kraken

by Nicki Greenberg

A bold and funny picture book featuring a highly unusual primary school teacher and her class of badly behaved students, from acclaimed author/illustrator Nicki Greenberg.

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Ella and the Ocean

by Lian Tanner, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley

A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.

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When Billy Was a Dog

by Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Karen Blair

If you can't have a puppy, maybe the next best thing is to be a puppy.

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Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back

by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell

In this exuberant illustrated memoir, action-packed images and poetic words trace Dion Beasley's fascination with cheeky dogs and his unconventional journey into the world of contemporary art.

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