Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year 2019 – Winners

Today the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the winning books in its annual Book of the Year awards. The awards is broken into six categories: older readers, younger readers, early childhood, picture book, information book, and new illustrator. In all categories except new illustrator the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces their notable lists in February followed by the shortlist in March. Below is a list of winners and notable books in each category, congratulations to all of the author and illustrator who won, or were honoured this year.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13-18 years(NB: These books are for mature readers).

Winner
Between Us by Clare Atkins
Honour Books
Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

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. Ages 7-12 years.

Winner
His Name was Walter by Emily Rodda
Honour Books
Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler
The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0-6 years.

Winner
Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester
Honour Books
Heads and Tailes: Insects by John Canty
Here Comes Stinkbug! by Tohby Riddle

Picture Book of the Year

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0-18 years(NB.Some of these books may be for mature readers). Arranged by illustrator.

Winner
Cicada by Shaun Tan
Honour Books
The Mediterranean by Armin Greder
The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Entries in this category should be books that have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Ages 0-18 years.

Winner
Sorry Day by Coral Vass, with illustrations by Dub Leffler
Honour Books
The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope by Mark Greenwood, with illustrations by Andrew McLean
Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids by National Gallery of Victoria

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. Ages 0-18 years.

Winner
Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett