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CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Canberra today, marking the official launch of Children’s Book Week.

The winners and honour books in each of the categories are:

Older Readers


  • Sea Hearts (Margo Lanagan, A&U)


Honour books

  • The Ink Bridge (Neil Grant, A&U)
  • Friday Brown (Vikki Wakefield, Text)


Younger Readers


  • Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)


Honour books

  • Pennies for Hitler (Jackie French, Angus & Robertson)
  • The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen Michael King, ABC Books)


Early Childhood


  • The Terrible Suitcase (Emma Allen, illus by Freya Blackwood, Omnibus)


Honour books

  • With Nan (Tania Cox, illus by Karen Blair, Windy Hollow Books)
  • Too Many Elephants in This House (Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner, Viking)


Picture Book of the Year


  • The Coat (Ron Brooks, illus by Julie Hunt, A&U)


Honour books

  • Herman and Rosie (Gus Gordon, Viking)
  • Sophie Scott Goes South (Alison Lester, Viking)


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


  • Tom the Outback Mailman (Kristin Weidenbach, illus by Timothy Ide, Lothian)


Honour books

  • Lyrebird! A True Story (Jackie Kerin, illus by Peter Gouldthorpe, Museum Victoria)
  • Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers (Kirsty Murray, NLA)


Crichton Award for new illustrators

  • A Forrest (Marc Martin, Viking).


This year’s Children’s Book Week will run between 12-23 August. The theme is ‘Read Across the Universe’, which CBCA president Angela Briant said is about ‘being brave enough to venture beyond out boundaries and embrace things we may know little about—new thoughts and cultures, imagines and real worlds’. For more information, visit the CBCA website here.

To see the titles shortlisted for this year’s awards, click here.



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