The Children's Book Council has announced the Short-List for the Best Children's Books by Australians published in 2010. Some surprises which is always refreshing!
Last year, I think, has been strong for early childhood and picture books. The older readers offer a quirky mix- I loved Six Impossible Things and Graffiti Moon.
Have a look at the nominations for the Crichton Award for 2011 to encourage new illustrators of Australian children's books. Good luck to all, especially Sarah Kate Mitchell and Lisa Stewart, both friends of The Children's Bookshop!
Looking forward to seeing who are voted as winners of categories in August!
Older Readers Short List 2011
Crowley, Cath Graffiti Moon Pan Macmillan Australia
Hartnett, Sonya The Midnight Zoo Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Horniman, Joanne About a Girl Allen & Unwin
MacLeod, Doug The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Marchetta, Melina The Piper’s Son Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Wood, Fiona Six Impossible Things Pan Macmillan Australia
These books are for mature readers
Younger Readers Short List 2011
Bauer, Michael Gerard Just a Dog Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia
Bongers, Christine Henry Hoey Hobson Woolshed Press, Random House Australia
Ill. Sarah Davis Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot Walker Books Australia
Carmody, Isobelle The Red Wind Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ill. Leila Rudge Duck for a Day Walker Books Australia
Ill. Rhian Nest James Toppling Walker Books Australia
Intended for independent younger readers.
Early Childhood Short List 2011
Champion, Tom Niland & Niland, Kilmeny
Ill. Deborah Niland The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies Allen & Unwin
Ill. Mitch Vane The Deep End Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Lester, Alison Noni the Pony Allen & Unwin
Niland, Deborah It's Bedtime, William! Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ill. Dee Huxley Look See, Look at Me! Allen & Unwin
Ill. Freya Blackwood Maudie and Bear Little Hare Books
Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages.
Picture Book Short List 2011
Baker, Jeannie Mirror Walker Books
Bancroft, Bronwyn Why I Love Australia Little Hare Books
Greenberg, Nicki Hamlet Allen & Unwin
McKimmie, Chris Two Peas in a Pod Allen & Unwin
Written by Kim Kane Family Forest Hardie Grant Egmont
Riddle, Tohby My Uncle's Donkey Viking Books, Penguin
Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years range (Some books may be for mature readers).
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Short list 2011
Brasch, Nicolas Theme Parks, Playgrounds and Toys Macmillan Education Australia
Brooks, Ron Drawn from the Heart: A Memoir Allen & Unwin
Davidson, Leon Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front The Text Publishing Company
Illustrated by Tohby Riddle The Return of the Word Spy Viking, Penguin Group (Australia)
Illustrated by Terry Denton Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
One Arm Point Remote Community School Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon Magabala Books
The Crichton Awards for 2011- best First Time Illustrators
McFadden, Clare The Flying Orchestra University of Queensland Press
Mitchell, Sarah Kate Starry Starry Night Pier 9
Written by Kerry Brown Can I Cuddle the Moon? Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
Thomas, Adele K
Written by Peter Macinnis The Monster Maintenance Manual Pier 9
Written by Paul Collins The Glasshouse Ford Street Publishing
Wiltshire, Jonah and Evie & Hamilton, Sheryl The Lighthouse Kids of Maatsuyker Island Forty Degrees South