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The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the books shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 14 (10am Perth Time). More than 400 books were submitted this year.

The CBCA celebrates and supports Australian authors and illustrators of books for young readers. These esteemed awards are extremely influential in children’s publishing and bookselling as they provide a conduit for information about quality children’s books for schools, libraries and the community at large.

The categories judged are:

•           CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
•           CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
•           CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
•           CBCA Picture Book of the Year
•           The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Book of the Year: Older Readers
Clare Atkins, Nona & Me (Black Inc.)
Christine Bongers, Intruder (Random House Australia)
Darren Groth, Are You Seeing Me? (Randon House Australia)
Melissa Keil, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Diana Sweeney, The Minnow (Text Publishing)
Claire Zom, The Protected (University of Queensland Press)

Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Tristan Bancks, Two Wolves (Random House Australia)
Bill Condon, The Simple Things (Allen & Unwin)
Libby Gleeson, The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (Allen & Unwin)
Steven Herrick, Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain (University of Queensland Press)
Tamsin Janu, Figgy in the World (Scholastic Australia)
Judith Rossell, Withering-by-Sea (HarperCollins)

Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Aaron Blabey, Pig the Pug (Scholastic Australia)
Lesley Gibbes, Scary Night (Working Title Press)
Libby Gleeson, Go to Sleep, Jessie (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Jenny Hughes, A House of Her Own (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Stephen Michael King, Snail and Turtle are Friends (Scholastic Australia)
Alison Lester, Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach (Allen & Unwin)

Picture Book of the Year (listed by illustrator)
Trace Balla, Rivertime (Allen & Unwin)
Freya Blackwood, My Two Blankets (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Michael Camilleri, One Minute’s Silence (Allen & Unwin)
Stephen Michael King, The Duck and the Darklings (Allen & Unwin)
Ritva Voutila, The Stone Lion (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Bruce Whatley, Fire (Scholastic Australia)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Simon Barnard, A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land (Text Publishing)
Demet Divaroren & Amra Pajalic, Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia (Allen & Unwin)
Pamela Freeman, Mary’s Australia: How Mary Mackilliop Changed Australia (Walker Books Australia)
Jane Jolly, Tea and Sugar Christmas (National Library of Australia)
Claire Saxby, Emu (Walker Books Australia)
Carlie Walker, Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime (Department of Veteran’s Affairs)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators (listed by illustrator)
Trace Balla, Rivertime (Allen & Unwin)
Karen Briggs, Kick with my Left Foot (Allen & Unwin)
Michael Camilleri, One Minute’s Silence (Allen & Unwin)
Robin Cowcher, Little Dog and the Christmas Wish (Walker Books Australia)
Snip Green, Meet Douglas Mawson (Random House Australia)
Leanne Tobin, The Lost Girl (Walker Books Australia)


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