Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. The awards:

promote quality Australian children’s literature;
enhance awareness of the role speech pathologists play in language and literacy development; and
encourage a love of reading.

Each year Speech Pathology Australia holds a book award across five categories: Birth to 3, Three to 5, Five to 8, Eight to 10, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award. You can check out, or reserve, almost all of the books that have been shortlisted for this year’s awards at Cockburn Libraries.

Birth to Three Years

Are These Hen’s Eggs by Christina Booth
Backyard Birds * by Helen Milroy
Bluey: The Beach by Bluey
Boo! by Margaret Wild with illustrations by Andrew Joyner
Counting Our Country * by Jill Daniels
Duck, Apple, Egg by Glenda Millard with illustrations by Martina Heiduczek
Going to the Footy * by Debbie Coombes
Goodnight, Little Tough Guy by Michael Wagner with illustrations by Tom Jellett
Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer
Kisses in Your Heart by Sonia Bestulic with illustrations by Nancy Bevington
Meerkat Splash by Aura Parker
Mummy Cuddle by Kate Mayes with illustrations by Sara Acton
My Friends are all Different by Rosie Smith with illustrations by Bruce Whatley
My Possum Plays the Drums by Catherine Meatheringham with illustrations by Max Hamilton
Once Upon My Legs by Mike Dumbleton with illustrations by Sarah Boese
One Blue Shoe by Jane Godwin with illustrations by Jane Reiseger
Pink Moon Dreaming by Vicki Wood with illustrations by Judith Mary Davidson
Roo Knows Blue by Renee Treml
Sing with Me by Raising Literacy Australia
The Butterfly Garden * by Michael Torres with illustrations by Fern Martins
There’s a Tiger out There by Sophie Masson with illustrations by Ruth Waters
What Colour is the Sea? by Katie Stewart
Wibble Wobble by Jen Storer with illustrations by Lisa Stewart

Three to 5 Years

A Stack of Alpacas by Matt Cosgrove
All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell with illustrations by Jenny Løvlie
Baby Business * by Jasmine Seymour
Charlie’s Shell by Marina Zlatanova
Ella and the Ocean by Lian Tanner with illustrations by Jonathan Bentley
Izzy and Frank by Katrina Lehman with illustrations by Sophie Beer
Lights Out, Leonard by Josh Pyke with illustrations by Chris Nixon
Louie and Snippy Save the Sea by Collette Dinnigan with illustrations by Grant Cowan
My Culture and Me * by Gregg Dreise
Nop by Caroline Magert
The Tiny Star by Mem Fox with illustrations by Freya Blackwood
Theodore the Unsure by Pip Smith with illustrations by Beau Wylie
Three by Stephen Michael King
Tilly by Jane Godwin with illustrations by Anna Walker
When Billy Was a Dog by Kirsty Murray with illustrations by Karen Blair

Five to 8 Years

Ask Hercules Quick by Ursula Dubosarsky with illustrations by Andrew Joyner
Fitzroy Reader No 25x Matilda by Mary O’Caroll with illustrations by Caroline Keys
Fitzroy Reader No 26x The Twins by Mary O’Caroll with illustrations by Caroline Keys
Goat on a Boat by Nick Dent with illustrations by Suzanne Houghton
Join the Armidale Parade by Sophie Masson with illustrations by Kathy Creamer
Little Nic’s Big Day by Nic Naitanui with illustrations by Fatima Anaya
Miss Kraken by Nicki Greenberg
Mum’s Elephant * by Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe with illustrations by Christina Booth
The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester
The Wildlife Winter Games by Richard Turner with illustrations by Ben Clifford

Eight to 10 Years

100 Ways to Fly by Michelle Taylor
Amazing Dogs with Amazing Jobs by Laura Greaves
Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back * by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell with illustrations by Dion Beasley
Cooee Mittigar * by Jasmine Seymour with illustrations by Leanne Mulgo Watson
Girls Can Fly * by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina with illustrations by Sally Morgan
How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy
In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey with illustrations by Sandra Severgnini
Landing With Wings by Trace Balla with illustrations by Trace Balla
Mika and Max by Laura Bloom
Oh Brother by Sonya Spreen Bates
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Sensitive by Allayne L Webster
Something a Little Different by Hayley Frazer with illustrations by Lauren Eldridge-Murray
Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope by Alisa Wild with illustrations by Ben Wood
Super Sidekicks 1: No Adults Allowed by Gavin Aung Than
The Boy Who Could Fly and Other Magical Plays for Children by Ursula Dubosarsky with illustrations by Amy Golbach
The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry
The Little Wave by Pip Harry
The Thing About Oliver by Deborah Kelly
This is Home: Essential Australian Poems for Children by Jackie French with illustrations by Tania McCartney
Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club by Tamsin Janu

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award

* This book is eligible to be judged in its nominated category and is also eligible to be judged for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award.