Book Week 2017: The Winners!

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By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

The winners have just been announced for the 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, successfully welcoming the beginning of Book Week for another year much to the delight of kids and students across the country.

Chair of the CBCA National Board Professor Margaret Hillel said: “Every year we are reminded how lucky we are in Australia to have the remarkable range of creativity and talent in our authors and illustrators. The 2017 winning and honour books demonstrate why our creators are so highly regarded around the world, with beautiful prose, delightful illustrations and fascinating topics that are sure to delight generations of readers.”

And the awards go to....

The Book Of The Year: Older Readers

The winner of this category is One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn. A story about lost young men, this story focuses on Sam, a boy with thoughts going on in his head that nobody understands, made worse by the death of his mother. Going to live in a new town with strangers, the sea and characters from the past reappearing, Sam must make the ultimate decision..will he sink or will he swim? More information here. 

Honours to Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley and The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon.

via Loony Literate

The Book Of The Year: Younger Readers

The winner is Rockhopping by Trace Balla. Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go. More information here. 

Honours were awarded to Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr and Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol Temple with illustrations by Jon Foye. 

via Allen and Unwin

The Book Of The Year: Early Childhood

The winner is Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell with illustrations by Dion Beasley. In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs. More information here. 

via ABC

Honours were awarded to Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan and Gary by Leila Rudge. 

The Picture Book Of The Year

The winner is Home in the Rain by Bob Graham. Francie's going to have a new baby sister very soon. But what will her name be? Francie has so many ideas! On a long drive home with Mum, in the pouring rain, maybe they'll find one that's just right... More information here. 

Via Booktopia

Honours were awarded to Mechanica by Lance Balchin and The Patchwork Bike by Van T Rudd with text by Maxine Beneba Clarke. 

The Eve Pownall Award For Information Books

The winner is Amazing Animals of Australia's National Parks by Gina M Newton. With its enticing and colourful design and its fascinating information, this is a book that children will want to pour over-either at home, in the classroom or on a road trip. More information here. 

Via Where The Books Are

Honours were awarded to A-Z Of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins and The Gigantic Book Of Genes by Lorna Hendry. 

Crichton Award

The award recognising and encouraging the new talent in the field of children's book illustration goes to The Patchwork Bike by Van T Redd and text by Maxine Beneba Clarke. What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! More information here. 

Via Angus & Robertson





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