CBCA Winners Announced

Today is the first day of Book Week, which runs until next Friday, August 23. The winners of the Children’s Book Council of Australia‘s Book of the Year Awards were announced yesterday, and they are:

Sea HeartsOlder Readers Book of the Year 2013

Winner: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan

Honours:
The Ink Bridge, Neil Grant
Friday Brown, Vikki Wakefield

Children of the KingYounger Readers Book of the Year 2013

Winner: The Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett

Honours:
Pennies for Hitler, Jackie French
The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk, Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Terrible SuitcaseEarly Childhood Book of the Year 2013

Winner: The Terrible Suitcase, Emma Allen and Freya Blackwood

Honours:
With Nan, Tania Cox and Karen Blair
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner *

The CoatPicture Book of the Year 2013

Winner: The Coat, Ron Brooks and Julie Hunt

Honours:
Herman and Rosie, Gus Gordon
Sophie Scott Goes South, Alison Lester

Tom the Outback MailmanEve Pownall Information Book of the Year 2013

Winner: Tom the Outback Mailman, Kristin Weidenbach and Tony Ide

Honours:
Lyrebird! A True Story, Jackie Kerin and Peter Gouldthorpe
Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers, Kirsty Murray

* If I’d been judging it, Too Many Elephants in This House would have won the whole thing.

About Samuel

Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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