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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Birth to three years

  • A Monster in My House (The Umbilical Brothers, illus by Johan Potma, Viking)
  • Birthday Baby (Jane Godwin & Davina Bell, illus by Freya Blackwood, A&U)
  • Bumble Bunnies: The Pond (Graeme Base, HarperCollins)
  • Heads and Tails: Insects (John Canty, Berbay)
  • Hush Say The Stars (Margaret Spurling, illus by Mandy Foot, Little Book)
  • In the Bush I See (Kiara Honeychurch, Magabala)
  • It’s Not Scribble to Me (Kate Ritchie, illus by Jedda Robaard, Picture Puffin)
  • Let’s Go Strolling (Katrina Germein, illus by Danny Snell, Little Book)
  • My Sunbeam Baby (Emma Quay, ABC Books)
  • Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey (Alison Lester, A&U)
  • Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House (Jane Godwin, illus by Jane Reiseger, Affirm)
  • Reece Give Me Some Peace! (Sonia Bestulic, illus by Nancy Bevington, Big Sky)
  • Sleep Tight, Platypup (Renée Treml)
  • The Aussie ABC Christmas (Nancy Bevington, New Frontier)
  • The Last Peach (Gus Gordon, Viking)
  • Learn with Ruby Red Shoes (Kate Knapp, HarperCollins)

Three to five years

  • A Stack of Alpacas (Matt Cosgrove, Scholastic)
  • Charlie’s Adventures… in South Africa (Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern, illus by Sophie Norsa, Little Steps)
  • Duck! (Meg McKinlay, illus by Nathaniel Eckstrom, Walker)
  • Eva’s Imagination (Wenda Shurety, illus by Karen Erasmus, New Frontier)
  • Found in Melbourne: a counting adventure (Joanne O’Callaghan, illus by Kori Song, A&U)
  • Marvin and Marigold: A Stormy Night (Mark Carthew, illus by Simon Prescott, New Frontier)
  • Morris the Mole (Nicki Greenberg, A&U)
  • My Dad is a Robot (Matt Cosgrove, Scholastic)
  • Pig the Grub (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Book Chook (Amelia McInerney, Connah Brecon, Scholastic)
  • The Book That Never Ends (Beck and Matt Stanton, HarperCollins)
  • Tricky’s Bad Day (Alison Lester, Affirm)
  • Waiting for Chicken Smith (David Mackintosh, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • What Should a Horse Say (Fleur McDonald, illus by Annie White, New Frontier)
  • Zoo House (Heath McKenzie, Scholastic)

Five to eight years

  • Boof Goes to Beauty School (Caroline Tuohey, illus by Kim Feint, CEW Ink)
  • Clever Crow (Nina Lawrence, illus by Bronwyn Bancroft, Magabala)
  • Finding Granny (Kate Simpson, illus by Gwynneth Jones, Exisle)
  • Go Go and the Silver Shoes (Jane Godwin, illus by Anna Walker, Viking)
  • Grace’s Mystery Seed (Juliet M Sampson, Ford Street)
  • Hello, Honey Bee (Felicity Marshall, Propolis)
  • Jasper Juggles Jellyfish (Ben Long & David Cornish, Ford Street)
  • Johnny’s Beard (Michelle Worthington, illus by Katrin Dreiling, Little Pink Dog Books)
  • Lucy Newton, Little Witch (Phoebe McArthur, Christmas Press)
  • My Mum is a Magician (Damon Young, illus by Peter Carnavas, UQP)
  • Our Little Inventor (Sher Rill Ng, A&U)
  • The First Adventures of Princess Peony (Nette Hilton, illus by Lucinda Gifford, Walker)
  • The Oo in Uluru (Judith Barker, illus by Janie Frith, Little Steps)
  • Tiger’s Roar (Alex Rance, illus Shane McG, A&U)
  • Under the Southern Cross (Franė Lessac, Walker)
  • Where’s Lucky? (Jacqui Halpin, illus by Sandra Severgnini, Little Pink Dog Books)
  • Why I Lover Summer (Michael Wagner, illus by Tom Jellett, Viking)

Eight to 10 years

  • Around the Globe with Gramps (Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti, illus by Teresa Lawrence, Celapene Press)
  • Oops, I’ve Done it Again: Blabbermouth #1 (Chrissie Perry, illus by Pete Petrovic, Scholastic)
  • Black Cockatoo (Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala)
  • Brindabella (Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner, A&U)
  • How I Didn’t Straighten My Hair (and Other Life Lessons) (Angela May George, Scholastic)
  • Limelight (Solli Raphael, Puffin)
  • MoonFish (Harry Laing, Ford Street)
  • Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt (Rhiannon Williams, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Secrets Hidden Below: The Adamson Adventures Series #1 (Sandra Bennett, Missing Pages)
  • Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery (Renée Treml, A&U)
  • Song Bird Rainforest Rescue (Karen Tyrrell, illus by Trevor Salter, Digital Future Press)
  • Stella the Unstoppable and the Talent Show Fiasco (Richard Newsome, Affirm)
  • The Dog with Seven Names (Dianne Wolfer, Random House Australia Children’s)
  • The New Kid: Unpopular Me (James O’Loghlin, illus by Matthew Martin, Macmillan)
  • The Orchard Underground (Mat Larkin, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy, The Runaway (Jane Smith, illus by Pat Kan, Big Sky)
  • Waves (Donna Rawlins, illus by Mark Jackson & Heather Potter, Walker)
  • Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery (Tohby Riddle, A&U)
  • Zeroes and Ones (Cristy Burne, Brio Books)

Indigenous children

  • Dreaming Soldiers (Catherine Bauer, illus by Shane McGrath, Big Sky)
  • Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases (Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, Black Dog)
  • The Incredible Freedom Machine (Kirli Saunders, illus by Matt Ottley, Scholastic).

The winners will be announced later this year.

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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