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Children’s Book Council Awards 2015

 

And the winners are…

Last Friday saw the CBCA announcement of the winners and honour books for this year, officially launching Children’s Book Week, which runs from Saturday 22 August to Friday 28 August.

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Here is the list of all winning titles:

Younger Readers

(for independent young readers)

Winner:

untitled (7)The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Princess

(Libby Gleeson, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood)


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Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks)

Withering-by-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell)


Older Readers

(Mature readers)

Winner:

untitled (6)The Protected

(Claire Zorn)


untitled (11) untitled (12)Honour Books:

Nona and Me (Clare Atkins)

The Minnow (Diana Sweeney)


Picture Book

(Birth – 18 years – some may be intended for more mature readers)

Winner:

untitled (9)My Two Blankets

(Illustrated by Freya Blackwood, Text by Irena Kobald)


untitled (13) 441a56308705f674e54cc226b55a539aHonour books:

One Minute’s Silence (Illustrated by Michael Camilleri, Text by David Metzenthen)

The Stone Lion (Illustrated by Ritva Voutila, Text by Margaret Wild)


Early Childhood

(pre-reading to early reading stages)

Winner:

untitled (8)Go To Sleep, Jessie!

(Libby Gleeson, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood)


untitled (15) untitled (16)Honour books:

Scary Night (Lesley Gibbes, Illustrated by Stephen Michael King)

Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach (Alison Lester)


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

(Birth – 18 years – some may be intended for more mature readers)

Winner:

untitled (17)A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land

(Simon Barnard)


untitled (18) untitled (19)Honour books:

Tea and Sugar Christmas (Jane Jolly, Illustrated by Robert Ingpen)

Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime (Carlie Walker)


For a full list of all short-listed titles, see this post.

 

 

 

 

Children’s Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World!


FARRELL’S STORY WRITING COMPETITION

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Children’s Book Week

Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August


We’re holding a story-writing competition to celebrate Children’s Book Week this year.  There are some Farrell’s book vouchers up for grabs as prizes, so be sure to get your entry in if you’d like to be in the running.  We will also share the winning entries here on our website.

There are four different age groups and conditions:

  1. Lower Primary – Prep to Year 2/3
    (if you’re in Year 3, you can choose which group you’d like to enter)

    • Picture story format

  2. Upper Primary – Year 3/4 to Year 6

    • Picture story or short story format

  3. Lower Secondary – Years 7 – 9

    • Short story format. Please try to limit to 2 pages / 1000 words.

  4. Upper Secondary – Years 10 – 12

    • Short story format.  Please try to limit to 3 pages / 1500 words.

In all groups, limit of one entry per person.

A note re page / word limits in the older groups – we won’t exclude an entry for being longer than this, but please bear in mind that we may have a lot of entries to get through, so it will be helpful if they’re not too long!

Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store (we are happy to return them after the competition if you wish to come and collect them again).  Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW Story Comp.  Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you include your name, age and group of entry, and contact information (phone and email).

Entries will close on Friday 28 August at the end of Children’s Book Week.

We will announce the winners as soon as we can, hopefully the following week, depending on the number of entries we receive.


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story-writing-ideasSo what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Books Light Up Our Lives” – or their firefly character as a starting point for your story.

  • Think about some of your favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at this fun interactive book about how to write a story or perhaps try out the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!  :).

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!

CBCA Short list 2015

CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA’S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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This week saw the announcement of the CBCA’s Short list for the Book of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced in late August.

For a full list of Short listed titles and Notables winners, please visit the CBCA website.

 

 2015 SHORT LISTED TITLES

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood

  • Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Scary Night (Lesley Gibbes, illus by Stephen Michael King, Working Title Press)
  • Go to Sleep, Jessie (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • A House of Her Own (Jenny Hughes, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Snail and Turtle are Friends (Stephen Michael King, Scholastic)
  • Noni the Pony goes to the Beach (Alison Lester, A&U)

PICTURE BOOK

Picture Book of the Year

  • Rivertime (Trace Balla, A&U)
  • My Two Blankets (Irena Kobald, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • One Minute’s Silence (David Metzenthen, illus by Michael Camilleri, A&U)
  • The Duck and the Darklings (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen Michael King, A&U)
  • The Stone Lion (Margaret Wild, Ritva Voutila, Little Hare)
  • Fire (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)

YOUNGER

Younger Readers

  • Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks, Random House)
  • The Simple Things (Bill Condon, illus by Beth Norling, A&U)
  • The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, A&U)
  • Bleakboy and Hunter Stand out in the Rain (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • Figgy in the World (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus)
  • Withering-by-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell, ABC Books)

 

OLDER

Older Readers

  • Nona & Me (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • Intruder (Christine Bongers, Woolshed Press)
  • Are You Seeing Me? (Darren Groth, Woolshed Press)
  • The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (Melissa Keil, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Minnow (Diana Sweeney, Text)
  • The Protected (Claire Zorn, UQP)

July Release: “Rescue on Nim’s Island” by Wendy Orr

In her third gripping adventure, Nim unearths an amazing opalised fossil, but this discovery puts her island in terrible danger.

Nim lives on an island with her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, and their friend Alex Rover, the adventure writer. Nim’s island is the most beautiful place in the world, and she wouldn’t live anywhere else.

When Jack invites a group of scientists to visit, they bring their children as well. But two of the scientists have plans other than studying algae… By the time Nim discovers what they really want, and what they will do to get it, the children are in grave danger. And so is the island! Nim must choose between saving a natural treasure and saving someone’s life.

Congratulations to Jackie French who is our second Australian Children’s Laureate

Congratulations to Jackie French who is our second Australian Children’s Laureate.

The theme for her year is “Share a Story”.

‘Stories tell us who we are. They teach us empathy so we understand who others are. They give us the power to imagine and create the future’.

- Jackie French

Look at www.childrenslaureate.org.au to read more!!

CBCA Shortlist 2014

Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlist 2014

 

Book of the Year
Older Readers

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna
Life in Outer Space by Melissa KeilThe First Third by Will Kostakis
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

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Younger Readers

Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis
Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt
City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Brian Simmonds

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Early Childhood

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian. Illustrated by Ann James
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Emma Quay
Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
The Swap by Jan Ormerod. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Karen Blair

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Picture Book of the Year

The Treasure Box by Freya Blackwood. Text by Margaret Wild
King Pig by Nick Bland
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham
Parachute by Matt Ottley. Text by Danny Parker
The Windy Farm by Craig Smith. Text by Doug MacLeod
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

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Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood. Illustrated by Terry Denton
Jeremy by Christopher Faille. Illustrated by Danny Snell
Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe
Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima during WWII ed. by Paul Ham
Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie. Illustrated by Chris Nixon
Welcome To My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga and Family

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Children’s New Release Books for April/May

Children’s New Release Books (April/May)

The Queen’s Hat – by Steve Antony (May)

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s Men, and one very special hat.

Just where will that hat land?

Children will love following the parachuting Queen and counting all the Queen’s men!

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is a great, new talent to watch. A laugh-out-loud celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family’s new baby.

Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro – John Flanagan (May)

When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they’re excited at the challenges ahead. Hal, Stig, Thorn and the Herons eagerly set off for the trip – with an unexpected new crew member aboard.But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much.
Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro, John Flanagan
Rivertime – Trace Balla (April)
A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia’s Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.’All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing-camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.’ DAVID SUZUKI’Rivertime is a quirky, charming immersion into the life of a waterway and into the life-lessons a river can teach.’ MAYA WARD (author of The Comfort of Water)

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House for Donfinkle – Choechoe Brereton (May)

Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam, Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home. When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk, A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk.

Lovely rhyming text by debut author Choechoe Brereton coupled with digital artwork by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris.

Max – Marc Martin (April)

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes . . .

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.

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CBCA Short List Announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced their Book of the Year Awards Short List and Notables. For more information, and to view the lists, click on the link below.

CBCA Short List

Reaching Out: Messages of Hope

 

‘My name is Mariah Kennedy and I am a fifteen-year-old school girl from Victoria, Australia. My biggest passion in life is fighting for social justice.’

So began an email from UNICEF 2012-2013 Young Ambassador Mariah Kennedy, who has compiled this extraordinary anthology. Focusing on the theme of social justice, this book contains stories, poems and illustrations that have been donated by some of the world’s most renowned and respected authors and illustrators, including Graeme Base, Jackie French, Michael Leunig, Bruce Whatley, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Griffiths, Anna Perera, Libby Gleeson, Melina Marchetta, Alison Lester, Morris Gleitzman and many more. All royalties from this powerful and inspiring project will go to UNICEF.

Ages 9 – 12. July 2013.

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