Children’s Book Council of Australia – Shortlist for Book of the Year 2018

The Children’s Book Council has released the Shortlist for their annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

The winners will be announced the Friday before Children’s Book Week which runs Saturday 18 August to Friday 24 2018.

You would have recently seen our blog posts about the notable lists – if you missed them you can view them here: Book of the Year: Older Readers, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Picture Book of the Year.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield
Because Of You by Pip Harry
In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black
Mallee Boys by Charlie Archbold
Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell
The Secret Science Of Magic by Melissa Keil

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Henrietta And The Perfect Night by Martine Murray
How To Bee by Bren MacDibble
Marsh And Me by Martine Murray
The Elephant by Peter Carnavas
The Grand Genius Summer Of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan
The Shop At Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Boy written by Phil Cummings and illustrated by Shane DeVries
Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! written by Lisa Shanahan and illustrated by Binny
I’m Australian Too written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
Rodney Loses It written by Michael Gerard Bauer and illustrated by Chrissie Krebs
The Second Sky written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester

Picture Book of the Year

A Walk In The Bush by Gwyn Perkins
Florette by Anna Walker
Mopoke by Philip Bunting
Swan Lake by Anne Spudvilas
Ten Pound Pom by Liz Anelli and written by Carole Wilkinson
The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Amazing Australians In Their Flying Machines by Prue Mason & Kerry Mason & illustrated by Tom Jellett
Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak & illustrated by Julian Frost
Koala by Claire Saxby & illustrated by Julie Vivas
Left & Right by Lorna Hendry
M Is For Mutiny! History By Alphabet by John Dickon & illustrated by Bern Emmerichs
The Big Book Of Antarctica by Charles Hope

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

Can You Find Me? by Patrick Shirvington
I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon
Mopoke by Philip Bunting
Once Upon an ABC by Christopher Nielsen
The Sloth Who Came To Stay illustrated by Vivienne To and written by Margaret Wild
Tintinnabula by Rovina Cai