Children’s Book Council Awards

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

The winners of the Children’s Book Council Awards were announced on Friday. My older two children read with anticipation the winners in Saturday’s morning’s paper. Like most Australian school children they had voted from the short list for their favourite books at school and were keen to see what the judges had selected. Thinker had voted for Lucy Goosey and Little Rascal Cat which both won Honour Awards in the Early Childhood category. The rest of the winners are listed below:

Older Readers – Book of the Year 2008
WINNER: The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett
HONOUR: Marty’s Shadow by John Heffernan
HONOUR: Black Water by David Metzenthen

Younger Readers – Book of the Year 2008
WINNER: Dragon Moon by Carole Wilkinson
HONOUR: Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not) by Sherryl CLark. Illustrated by Elissa Christian
HONOUR: Amelia Dee and the Peacocl Lamp by Odo Hirsch

Early Childhood – Book of the Year 2008
WINNER: Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey
HONOUR: Cat by Mike Dumbleton. Illustrated by Craig Smith
HONOUR: Lucy Goosey by Margaret Wild. Illustrated by Ann James

Picture Book of the Year 2008
WINNER: Requien for a beast by Matt Ottley
HONOUR: The Peasant Prince by Anne Spudvilas. Text Li Cunxin
HONOUR: Dust by Colin Thompson and 13 other illustrators
NOTE: Some of these books may be for mature readers

Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2008
WINNER: Parsley Rabbit’s book about books by Frances Watts. Illustrated by David Legge
HONOUR: Girl Stuff: Your full on guide to the teen years by Kaz Cooke
HONOUR: Kokoda Track: 101 Days by Peter Macinnis
NOTE: Some of these books may be for mature readers

How did your favourite book go?

Comments

  1. Catherine says

    Yes absolutely hooray for Kaz Cooke (what would we do without her?!)
    My girls are completely obsessed with ‘Parsley Rabbit’s book about books’.

    Not sure about ‘Requiem for a Beast’ though Admittedly I haven’t read it properly yet (just a quick flick through), but I REALLY don’t agree with the use of the f*** work in a children’s book! (even for older readers)