WA Premier’s Shortlist – Writing for Children 2018

The shortlist for the 2018 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards was announced on 4 June 2019 by Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards aims to support, develop and recognise excellence in writing.

The Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children Award ($15,000) for a work of prose, poetry or narrative nonfiction written for children (0 to 12 years of age), in any genre. The award is only open to Western Australian authors.

The shortlist is below, reserve your copy today.

Book cover for Grandpa, Me & Poetry

Grandpa, Me & Poetry written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Craig Smith

Melly likes poems that rhyme with words like frog, bog, doggedy-dog. And when the school holds a poetry competition, Melly has her eye on the prize, with a little bit of inspiration from Grandpa.

Book cover for The Happiness Box

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Andrew McLean

White gum rustle, tawny frog mouths still as wood, dragonflies swoop. Banjo frog calls the secret – watch the world carefully, your backyard is home to animals other than you!

Also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Award 2019.

Book cover for The Hole Story

The Hole Story by Kelly Canby

One day Charlie finds a hole. A hole of his very own! He picks it up and pops it in his pocket. But it doesn’t take Charlie long to realise that a hole in your pocket is not a good thing to have…

Also a notable book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year Award 2019.

Book cover for How To Win a Nobel Prize

How to Win a Nobel Prize by Nobel Prize winner Barry Marshall with Lorna Hendry and illustrations by Bernard Caleo

A time-travel adventure for young budding scientists. Mary has always wanted to win a Nobel Prize. She loves running her own science experiments at home. But how can she become a real scientist and win the greatest prize of all? One day Mary stumbles on a secret meeting of Nobel Prize winners. Swearing her to secrecy, Professor Barry Marshall agrees to be her guide as she travels around the world and through time to learn the secrets behind some of the most fascinating and important scientific discoveries. They talk space and time with Albert Einstein, radiation with Marie Curie, DNA with Crick, Watson and Wilkins – and much more. Join Mary on her time-travel adventure – and do your own experiments along the way! How to Win a Nobel Prize is a funny, fascinating adventure story for ages 9 to 12, and includes experiments that young scientists can do themselves at school or at home.

Book cover for Puddle Hunters

Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair

This beautiful book captures the eternal delight of young children splashing about in puddles and experimenting with language.