Childrens Book Council Shortlist announced

The CBCA Shortlist for 2013 has been announced. We have a number of them and will purchase more. It’s an exciting and diverse mix as always. Some of my favourite authors are featured, as well as some new favourites!

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:

Older Readers:

  • The Ink Bridge (Neil Grant, A&U)
  • Sea Hearts (Margo Lanagan, A&U)
  • The Shiny Guys (Doug MacLeod, Penguin)
  • Creepy & Maud (Dianne Touchell, Fremantle Press)
  • Friday Brown (Vikki Wakefield, Text)
  • The Wrong Boy (Suzy Zail, Black Dog Books).


Younger Readers:

  • Pennies for Hitler (Jackie French, Angus & Robertson)
  • Other Brother (Simon French, Walker Books)
  • After (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
  • Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk (Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King).


Early Childhood:

  • The Terrible Suitcase (Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood, Omnibus)
  • With Nan (Tania Coz & Karen Blair, Windy Hollow Books)
  • The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog (Sue DeGennaro, Scholastic)
  • Too Many Elephants in This House (Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner, Viking)
  • It’s a Miroocool! (Christine Harris & Ann James, Little Hare)
  • Peggy (Anna Walker, Scholastic).


Picture Books:

  • The Coat (Ron Brooks, illus by Julie Hunt, A&U)
  • Tanglewood (Vivienne Goodman, illus by Margaret Wild, Omnibus)
  • Herman and Rosie (Gus Gordon, Viking)
  • Sophie Scott Goes South (Alison Lester, Viking)
  • Lightning Jack (Patricia Mullins, illus by Glenda Millard, Scholastic)
  • A Day to Remember (Mark Wilson, illus by Jackie French, Angus & Robertson).


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:

  • Python (Christopher Cheng & Mark Jackson, Walker Books)
  • Lyrebird! A True Story (Jackie Kerin, illus by Peter Gouldthorpe, Museum Victoria)
  • Topsy-turvey World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers (Kirsty Murray, NLA)
  • Portrait of Spain for Kids (Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art)
  • Tom the Outback Mailman (Kristin Weidenbach, illus by Timothy Ide, Lothian).


Twenty-nine books in total have been shortlisted for the awards, with Penguin topping the list with six shortlisted titles, followed by Scholastic with five and Allen & Unwin, Walker Books and HarperCollins with three each.


Crichton Award for new illustrators
The shortlist for the 2013 Crichton Award for new illustrators has also been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

  • The Whale Shark Song (Sadie James, Cabarita Publishing)
  • Ruby Red Shoes (Kate Knapp, Angus & Robertson)
  • A Forest (Marc Martin, Viking)
  • Yellow Dress Day (Sophie Norsa, words by Michelle Worthington, New Frontier)
  • Apollo the Powerful Owl (Stephen Pym, words by Gordon Winch, New Frontier)
  • One Very Tired Wombat (Renee Treml, Random House).


The winners of this year’s awards will be announced and presented on Friday 16 August, which marks the beginning of Children’s Book Week (17-23 August). The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Read Across the Universe’.

For more information about the CBCA Awards and Children’s Book Week, visit the CBCA website


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