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26 March 2019

CBCA Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Older readers

  • Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker)
  • Lenny’s Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Changing Gear (Scot Gardner, A&U)
  • The Bogan Mondrian (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • The Art of Taxidermy (Sharon Kernot, Text)

Younger readers

  • Brindabella (Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner, A&U)
  • Leave Taking (Lorraine Marwood, UQP)
  • Black Cockatoo (Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler, Magabala)
  • The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U)
  • The Peacock Detectives (Carly Nugent, Text)
  • His Name Was Walter (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)

Early childhood

  • Heads and Tails: Insects (John Canty, Berbay)
  • The Dress-Up Box (Patrick Guest, illus by Nathaniel Eckstrom, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Rainbow Bear (Stephen Michael King, Scholastic)
  • Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey (Alison Lester, A&U)
  • Tricky’s Bad Day (Alison Lester, Affirm)
  • Here Comes Stinkbug! (Tohby Riddle, A&U)

Picture books

  • The Feather (Margaret Wild, illus by Freya Blackwood, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Mediterranean (Armin Greder, A&U)
  • Girl on Wire (Lucy Estela, illus by Elise Hurst, Viking)
  • Chalk Boy (Margaret Wild, illus by Mandy Ord, A&U)
  • The All New Must Have Orange 430 (Michael Speechley, Viking)
  • Cicada (Shaun Tan, Lothian)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story (Rohan Cleave, illus by Coral Tulloch, CSIRO)
  • The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope (Mark Greenwood, illus by Andrew McLean, Walker)
  • Waves (Donna Rawlins, illus by Mark Jackson & Heather Potter, Walker)
  • Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids (National Gallery of Victoria)
  • Our Birds: Ŋilimurruŋgu Wäyin Malanynha (Siena Stubbs, Magabala)
  • Sorry Day (Coral Vass, illus by Dub Leffler, NLA).

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

  • Australian Birds (Matt Chun, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Grandma Z (Daniel Gray-Barnett, Scribble)
  • Dingo (Claire Saxby, illus by Tannya Harricks, Walker)
  • The Singing Seal (Merv Lamington, illus by Allison Langton, Affirm)
  • Carmichael’s Journey (Shelly Fussell, illus by Samantha Metcalfe, Little Steps)
  • Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! (Jane Godwin, illus by Jane Reiseger, Affirm).

The shortlisted books were chosen from the Notable Books list, which was announced in February.

The winners will be announced in Melbourne on 16 August.

For more information about the CBCA Awards, see the CBCA website.

 
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