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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry Day by Coral Vass, with illustrations by Dub Leffler
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
This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. Ages 0-18 years.
Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett
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