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Australian Book Design Awards 2021 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Australian Book Design Awards, presented by the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA), have been announced.

Shortlisted titles in some of the categories are:

Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover

  • All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) designed by Darren Holt
  • Greenwood (Michael Christie, Scribe) designed by Laura Thomas
  • Kokomo (Victoria Hannan, Hachette) designed by Alissa Dinallo
  • Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, Fourth Estate) designed by Amy Daoud
  • The Morbids (Ewa Ramsey, A&U) designed by Laura Thomas

Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover

  • Body of Water (Beverley Farmer, Giramondo) designed by Jenny Grigg
  • Honeybee (Craig Silvey, A&U) designed by Lisa White
  • Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP) designed by Sandy Cull
  • The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S) designed by Sandy Cull
  • The Octopus and I (Erin Hortle, A&U) designed by Alissa Dinallo

Best Designed Autobiography/Biography/Memoir Nonfiction Cover

  • Blueberries (Ellena Savage, Text) designed by Jessica Horrocks
  • Boy on Fire (Mark Mordue, Fourht Estate) designed by Hazel Lam
  • Having and Being Had (Eula Biss, Text) designed by W H Chong
  • Hysteria (Katerina Bryant, NewSouth) designed by Alissa Dinallo
  • Plastic Free (Rebecca Prince-Ruiz & Joanna Atherfold Finn, NewSouth) designed by Josh Durham, Design by Committee
  • Truth is Trouble (Malcolm Knox, S&S) designed by Daniel New

Best Designed Cookbook

  • Beatrix Bakes (Natalie Paull, Hardie Grant) designed by Allison Colpoys & Kasia Gadecki
  • Bell Primary Family Cookbook (Bell Primary School) designed by Stuart Geddes & Žiga Testen
  • Comida Mexicana (Rosa Cienfuegos, Smith Street Books) designed by Evi O, Evi O Studio
  • To Asia With Love (Hetty McKinnon, Plum) designed by Daniel New

Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book

  • Hello Jimmy! (Anna Walker, Puffin) designed by Klarissa Pfisterer & Anna Walker
  • Koalas Like To … (Shae Millward, illus by Brent Wilson, State Library of Queensland) designed by Brent Wilson & Johanna Hunt
  • Scary Bird (Michel Streich, Scholastic) designed by Michel Streich & Nicolette Treanor
  • The Giant and the Sea (Trent Jamieson, illus by Rovina Cai, Lothian) designed by Hannah Janzen
  • The Little Queenslanders’ Alphabet Book (Sally Scudamore, illus by Sophie Beer, State Library of Queensland) designed by Sophie Beer & Joanna Hunt
  • This Small Blue Dot (Zeno Sworder, Thames & Hudson) designed by Zeno Sworder
  • We Love You, Magoo (Briony Stewart, Puffin) designed by Marina Messiha

Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book

  • A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner, A&U) designed by Hannah Janzen
  • Across the Risen Sea (Bren MacDibble, A&U) designed by Joanna Hunt
  • Bindi (Kirlie Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala) designed by Joanna Hunt
  • The Year the Maps Changed (Danielle Binks, Lothian) Astred Hicks, Design Cherry & Bookhouse Sydney
  • Unboring Exploring (100 Story Building) designed by Regine Abos
  • We Are Wolves (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books) designed by Hazel Lam

Best Designed Young Adult Cover

  • Loner (Georgina Young, Text) designed by Imogen Stubbs
  • Stars Like Us (Frances Chapman, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing) designed by Jess Cruickshank
  • The End of the World is Bigger Than Love (Davina Bell, Text) designed by Imogen Stubbs
  • The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo) designed by Ben Juers

Emerging Designer of the Year

Shortlists were chosen from longlists in 17 categories, including Best Designed Series (including Classics), Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book Over $50/Under $50, Best Designed Children’s Nonfiction Illustrated Book, and in two Best Student Design categories.

The winners will be announced during an online event on Thursday, June 24. To learn more about the awards, and to see the shortlists for all categories, visit the ABDA website.


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