Readings Children’s Book Prize 2018 shortlist announced
The shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize for 2018 has been announced.
The six shortlisted titles are:
- Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Jo Sandhu, Penguin)
- Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend, Lothian)
- Lintang and the Pirate Queen (Tamara Moss, Random House)
- The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker (Matilda Woods, Scholastic)
- The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U)
- Home Time (Campbell Whyte, Top Shelf Productions).
The shortlist was chosen by Readings children’s specialists Daniella Robertson, Alexa Dretzke, Dani Solomon and Kim Gruschow. Children’s author and Affirm Press senior editor Davina Bell will join the panel to choose the winner.
The Readings Children’s Book Prize ‘celebrates books that families love reading together, and aims to raise the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian authors’. It only considers books by authors who have published no more that three children’s books for five- to 12-year-olds.
Chair of the judging panel Kim Gruschow said, ‘This year’s shortlist is exceptionally strong and brimming with adventure. It exempliﬁes the wonders of reading, introducing and transporting readers to unfamiliar places—from the high seas to the Stone Age, and deep into fantasy worlds ﬁlled with magic and mystery’.
The winner will be announced on the Readings website in late April, and will receive prize money of $3000.
For more information about the prize and the shortlisted titles, see the Readings website.