Speech Pathology Australia – Book of the Year Awards 2020

This morning, Speech Pathology Australia announced the winners in their Book of the Year Awards.

You can see the announcement video on their website.

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.

Literacy is based on good oral language skills. The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life.

Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award. 

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

You can reserve or borrow the winners today!

Winner – Birth to 3 Years Category


Link to Catalogue record for Meerkat Splash

Meerkat Splash by Aura Parker

Meerkats cleaning, washing. Woooo! Slipping, sliding, swimming too. Follow Meerkat Red into the burrow and join all the colourful meerkat friends for one big crazy bathtime! But who makes the biggest Meerkat splash?


Winner – 3 to 5 Years Category

Link to Catalogue record for Charlie's Shell

Charlie’s Shell by Marina Zlatanova

Charlie the snail is taunted by three passing slugs. Charlie looks different, he has a big shell on his back. Bewildered and upset, Charlie has a very clever idea – to discard his once-beloved shell so he too could look like a slug. Alas! Being bare is not as easy as it seems. Painful sunburn, pelting hailstones, prickly brambles and a swooping magpie are just some of the many misfortunes to befall a helpless shell-less snail! A snail tale with an important message at the heart – to appreciate the shell you’re in!

Winner – 5 to 8 Years Category

Link to Catalogue record for Goat on a Boat

Goat on a Boat a fable by Nick Dent and illustrated by Suzanne Houghton

When a goat arrives on a rocky island, the resident sheep are afraid he’ll eat all their grass. But this goat has hidden talents.

Winner – 8 to 10 Years Category

Link to Catalogue record for The Little Wave

The Little Wave by Pip Harry

When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves. Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around? Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it. Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.

Winner – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award

Link to Catalogue record for My Culture and Me

My Culture and Me by Gregg Dreise

Feel the rhythm of the music, from your heart down to your feet. Enjoy the movements of melodies, as clapsticks keep a strong beat. This is my culture. This is me. Beautifully written and illustrated, My Culture and Me is a heartfelt and stirring story of cherishing and sustaining Indigenous cultures.

A Speechie in the Library

To celebrate the awards we are hosting a speechie at Success Library.

Sarah from Telethon Speech and Hearing will be visiting the Success Library Storytime on Tuesday 24 November at 9.30am and will read this year’s winner in the 3-5 years category – Charlie’s Shell.

All Children’s Services events are currently bookings only and bookings opening on Tuesday 17 November.