Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Younger Readers Notable List 2020

Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces their Book of the Year across six categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Picture Book of the Year, and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 25 February they announced their notable lists. On 31 March the shortlist will be announced and on Friday 21 August the winners will be announced.

These books represent the very best of Australian writing and illustration. Below is the Notable list for Younger Readers. Reserve your copy today.

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years. 8-12 years
Note: Some of these titles may only be suitable for readers who are in the upper primary years of this category as they contain mature themes, including violence. Parental guidance is recommended.

A Great Escape by Felice Arena
Detention by Tristan Bancks
Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight by Jess Black, with illustrations by Sara Acton
The Days of in Between by Peter Valentine Fenton
Pirate Boy of Sydney Town by Jackie French
As Happy as Here by Jane Godwin
How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy
The Little Wave by Pip Harry
Hapless Hero Henrie by Petra James, with illustrations by A. Yi
Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club by Tamsin Janu,
A Different Land by Paul Jennings, with illustrations by Geoff Kelly
The Thing About Oliver by Deborah Kelly
Songbird by Ingrid Laguna
Maddie in the Middle by Julia Lawrinson
The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble
Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne by Katrina Nannestad
The Glimme by Emily Rodda , with illustrations by Marc McBride
Sick Bay by Nova Weetman
The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt, with illustrations by Katherine Quinn

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