The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their annual award winners this morning as the start of Children’s Book Week 2017. The awards are given to outstanding fiction written by Australians for children and cover the following categories: Book of the Year: Older Readers, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Crichton Award for New Illustrators.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Winner
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn
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Honour Books

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
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Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Winner
Rockhopping by Trace Balla
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Honour Books

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
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Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate Temple & Jol Temple and illustrated by John Foye
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Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Winner
Go Home, Cheeky Animals! written by Johanna Bell and illustrated by Dion Beasley
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Honour Books

Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan
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Gary by Leila Rudge
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Picture Book of the Year

Winner
Home in the Rain by Bob Graham
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Honour Books

Mechanica by Lance Balchin

The Patchwork Bike written by Van T Rudd and illustrated by Beneba Clarke
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Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Winner
Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina M. Newton

Honour Books

A-Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins

The Gigantic Book of Genes by Lorna Hendry
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Crichton Award for New Illustrators

Winner
The Patchwork Bike by Van T Rudd
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