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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2015 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Three to five years

  • Bridie’s Boots (Phil Cummings & Sara Acton, Working Title)
  • I Don’t Want to Eat My Dinner (David Cornish, HarperCollins)
  • Mike I Don’t Like (Jol & Kate Temple, illus by Jon Foye, ABC Books)
  • Mum Goes to Work (Libby Gleeson, illus by Leila Rudge, Walker Books)
  • Once a Creepy Crocodile (Peter Taylor, illus by Nina Rycroft, The Five Mile Press)
  • Scary Night (Lesley Gibbes & Stephen Michael King, Working Title)
  • Sylvia (Christine Sharp, UQP)
  • Teddy Took the Train (Nicki Greenberg, A&U)
  • The ABC Books of Season (Helen Martin, Judith Simpson & Cheryl Orsini, ABC Books)
  • The Great Garden Mystery (Renee Treml, Random House)
  • Tim and Ed (Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner, Viking)
  • What Happens Next? (Tull Suwannakit, Walker Books)


Five to eight years

  • Annabel’s Chewy-Gooey Birthday Cake (Ken Williams, JoJo Publishing)
  • Big Pet Day (Lisa Shanahan, illus by Gus Gordon, Lothian)
  • Hasel and Rose (Caroline Magerl, Viking)
  • Howzat! (Mike Lefroy, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)
  • Lucas and Jack (Ellie Royce & Andrew McLean, Working Title)
  • Once a Shepherd (Glenda Millard, illus by Phil Lesnie, Walker Books)
  • Sally Snickers’ Knickers (Lynn Ward, illus by Anthea Stead, Walker Books)
  • Stories for Simon (Lisa Miranda Sarzin & Lauren Briggs, Random House)
  • The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, A&U)
  • The Croc and the Platypus (Jackie Hosking, illus by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Walker Books)
  • Top Dog (Rod Clement, HarperCollins)


Eight to 10 years

  • A Secret Safe to Tell (Naomi Hunter, JoJo Publishing)
  • Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • Kitten Kaboodle Mission Two: The Lightening Opal (Eileen O’Hely, illus by Heath McKenzie, Walker Books)
  • Loyal Creatures (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • Meet Douglas Mawson (Mike Dumbleton, illus by Snip Green, Random House)
  • Plenty: A place to Call Home (Ananda Braxton-Smith, Black Dog Books)
  • Roses are Blue (Sally Murphy, illus by Gabriel Evans, Walker Books)
  • Run, Pip, Run (J C Jones, A&U)
  • Stand Up and Cheer (Loretta Re, Wild Colonial Company)
  • The Beach they Called Gallipoli (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, HarperCollins)
  • Truly Tan: Freaked (Jen Storer, ABC Books)
  • Zobi and the Zoox (Alisa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr & Gregory Crocetti, Scale Free Network)


Indigenous children

  • Alfie’s Big Wish (Dave Hardy, Magabala)
  • Come Count with Me! (Marika Wilson, A&U)
  • Deadly D and Justice Jones: Rising Star (Scott Prince & Dave Hartley, Magabala)
  • Emus under the Bed (Leann J Edwards, A&U)
  • Kick with My Left Foot (Paul Seden, illus by Karen Briggs, A&U)
  • Our Island (Children of Gununa, Alison Lester & Elizabeth Honey, Viking)
  • Silly Birds (Gregg Dreise, Magabala)
  • The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert (Jukuna Mona Chuguna & Pat Lowe, Magabala)
  • The Lost Girl (Ambelin Kwaymullina, illus by Leanne Tobin, Walker Books).


The books shortlisted in the ‘birth to three years’ category will be announced towards the end of July.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to ‘promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life’. The books shortlisted are judged on their ‘appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development’.

Read more about the awards online here.



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