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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Birth to three years

  • 1, 2, Pirate Stew (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile Press)
  • Animals in My Garden (Bronwyn Houston, Magabala)
  • At the Zoo I See (Joshua Button & Robyn Wells, Magabala)
  • Baby Dance (Katrina Germein, illus by Doris Chang, Raising Literacy Australia)
  • Cheeky Animals (Shane Morgan, Magabala)
  • Hello Little Babies (Alison Lester, ABC Books)
  • I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You (Kate Ritchie, illus by Hannah Sommerville, Random House)
  • Noisy Nature (Mandy A Kuhne, illus by Alex Kuhne, Mandy Pandy Books)
  • Take Ted Instead (Cassandra Webb, New Frontier)
  • Ten Little Owls (Renee Treml, Random House)
  • The Owl Outside My Door (Vicki Wood, illus by Judith Mary Davidson, Unclebearskin Productions)

Three to five years

  • Charlie’s Adventures in Hawaii (Jacqueline De Rose-Ahern, illus by Sophie Norsa, Little Steps Publishing)
  • Did You Take the B from My _ook? (Beck & Matt Stanton, ABC Books)
  • Fancy Pants (Kelly Hibbert, illus by Amanda Graham, Raising Literacy Australia)
  • I Don’t Want to Go to Bed (David Cornish, HarperCollins)
  • Marvin and Marigold: The Big Sneeze (Mark Carthew, illus by Simon Prescott, New Frontier)
  • Me and You (Deborah Kelly, illus by Karen Blair, Viking)
  • Molly and Mae (Danny Parker, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • My Magnificent Jelly Bean Tree (Maura Finn, illus by Aura Parker, New Frontier)
  • Roses are Not Red (Scott Rheuben, Little Steps Publishing)
  • The Nose Pixies (David Hunt, illus by Lucia Masciullo, ABC Books)
  • The Ricker Racker Club (Patrick Guest, illus by Nathaniel Eckstrom, Little Hare)
  • Was Not Me! (Shannon Horsfall, HarperCollins)

Five to 8 Years

  • Australia Illustrated (Tania McCartney, EK Books)
  • Captain Sneer the Buccaneer (Penny Morrison, illus by Gabriel Evans, Walker Books)
  • Charlie and the War Against the Grannies (Alan Brough, Pan)
  • Circle (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)
  • Desert Lake (Pamela Freeman, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)
  • Grandpa’s Big Adventure (Paul Newman, illus by Tom Jellett, Viking)
  • Gus Dog Goes to Work (Rachel Flynn, illus by Craig Smith, Working Title Press)
  • Lots (Marc Martin, Viking)
  • Return of the Dinosaurs (Bronwyn Houston, Magabala)
  • Somewhere Else (Gus Gordon, Viking)
  • The Great Zoo Hullabaloo (Mark Carthew, illus by Anil Tortop, New Frontier)
  • The Stinky Street Stories (Alex Ratt & Jules Faber, Pan)

Eight to 10 Years

  • Artie and the Grime Wave (Richard Roxburgh, A&U)
  • Bronze Bird Tower: Dragonkeeper Book Six (Carole Wilkinson, Black Dog Books)
  • History Mysteries: Diamond Jack (Mark Greenwood, Puffin)
  • Pearl Fairweather, Pirate Captain (Jayneen Sanders, illus by Lesley Danson, UpLoad Publishing)
  • Snot Chocolate (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • The Family with Two Front Doors (Anna Ciddor, A&U)
  • The Secrets We Keep (Nova Weetman, UQP)
  • The Turnkey (Allison Rusby, Walker Books)
  • The Unforgettable What’s His Name (Paul Jennings, illus by Craig Smith, A&U)
  • Word Hunters: Top Secret Files (Nick Earls, illus by Terry Whidbourne, UQP)
  • Yong (Janeen Brian, Walker Books)

Indigenous Children

  • Colours of Australia (Bronwyn Bancroft, Little Hare)
  • Dream Little One, Dream (Sally Morgan & Ambelin Kwaymullina, Viking)
  • Hello to You Moon (Sally Morgan, illus by Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney, Little Hare)
  • Joey Counts to Ten (Sally Morgan & Ambelin Kwaymullina, Little Hare)
  • Mad Magpie (Gregg Dreise, Magabala)
  • Mrs White and the Red Desert (Josie Wowolla Boyle, Magabala)
  • Say Yes: A Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope (Jennifer Castles, illus by Paul Seden), A&U)
  • Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy, illus by Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog Books)
  • Yukurru Kukurnjarimili Wurrunga / Dog in Sheep’s Clothing (Donald Thomas, WA Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre)

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 November at the State Library of Queensland.

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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