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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2016 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:

Birth to three years

  • As Big as You (Sara Acton, Scholastic)
  • Clementine’s Bath (Annie White, New Frontier)
  • Daddy Cuddle (Kate Mayes, ABC)
  • I Need a Hug (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • I’m a Hungry Dinosaur (Janeen Brian, illus by Ann James, Viking)
  • Let’s Go Outside (Bianca Ebeling, My Little Booky Wooky)
  • Once I Heard a Little Wombat (Renee Tremi, Random House)
  • The Pocket Dogs and the Lost Kitten (Margaret Wild, Scholastic)

Three to five years

  • Archie No Ordinary Sloth (Heath McKenzie, Five Mile Press)
  • Bogtrotter (Margaret Wild, Walker Books)
  • Caravan Fran (Cheryl Orsini, Hachette)
  • Dog and the Lost Leg (Carlee Yardley, Walker Books)
  • How Big is Too Small (Jane Godwin, illus by Andrew Joyner, Viking)
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • My Friend Ernest (Emma Allen, illus by Hannah Sommerville, HarperCollins)
  • Ollie and the Wind (Ronojoy Ghosh, Random House)
  • Something Wonderful (Raewyn Calsley, illus by Karen Blair, Viking)
  • The Worm Who Knew Karate (Jill Lever, illus by Terry Denton, Viking)
  • What Noise Comes from a Giraffe (Craig McLean, HarperCollins)

Five to eight years

  • A Patch from Scratch (Megan Forward, Viking)
  • Bob the Railway Dog (Corinne Fenton, Walker Books)
  • Don’t Think about Purple Elephants (Susan Whelan, illus by Gwynneth Jones, Exisle)
  • Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space (Chris Collin, Funkybooks)
  • Jinny and Cooper: My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret (Tania Ingram, Puffin)
  • Me, Teddy (Chris McKimmie, A&U)
  • Numerical Street (Hilary Bell & Antonia Pesenti, NewSouth)
  • Pickle and Bree: Guide to Good Deeds—The Decorating Disaster Alison Reynolds (Mikki Butterly, Five Mile Press)
  • The Bad Guys: Episode 1 (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Soccer Superstar: Tiny Timmy Book One (Tim Cahill, Scholastic)
  • Super Weird: Weirdo Book Four (Anh Do, Scholastic)

Eight to 10 years

  • Mister Cassowary (Samantha Wheeler, UQP)
  • My Name is Lizzie Flynn—A Story of the Rajah Quilt (Claire Saxby, Walker Books)
  • New Boy (Nick Earls, Puffin)
  • Olive of Groves (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Paper Planes (Steve Worland, Puffin)
  • Reflection (Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg, Walker Books)
  • Rockhopping (Trace Balla, A&U)
  • Soon (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • The Best of Friends (Barbara Gonzalez, Quirky Kid)
  • The Cat with the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears, Walker Books)

Indigenous children

  • ABC Dreaming (Warren Brim, Magabala)
  • Boomerang and Bat (Mark Greenwood, illus by Terry Denton, A&U)
  • Deadly D and Justice Jones: The Search (Dave Hartley & Scott Prince, Magabala)
  • Go Home, Cheeky Animals (Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley, A&U)
  • Harry’s Secret (Anita Heiss, Scholastic)
  • Kathleentharndu wanggangarli (Kathleen Hubert, Wangka Maya)
  • Kookoo Kookaburra (Gregg Dreise, Magabala)
  • Matty’s Comeback (Anita Heiss, Scholastic)
  • My Lost Mob (Venetia Tyson, Magabala)
  • Nginingawila Ngirramini: Our Story (Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Lothian)
  • Pip and Pim (Ruth Hegarty, Scholastic)
  • The Pearl-Shell Diver (Kay Crabbe, A&U)
  • The Toast Tree (Corina Martin, illus by Fern Martins, Magabala).

The winners in each category will be announced on 13 October.

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 here.



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