Each year the library staff endeavor to buy as many of the titles on the Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Notables List and Shortlist. These are the titles that have been selected as the best Australian books for Australian children and we eagerly await their arrival in the library. They are now available to read, borrow or hold. Please search our catalogue for a title to share with a child or two.
This year the Shortlist for Older Reader’s (ages 13 – 18) includes Scot Gardner‘s, road trip with a difference, Clare Atkins’ multicultural love story, a psychological thriller by Sarah Epstein, Karen Foxlee‘s sad tale of love, and both Steven Herrick and Sharon Kernot‘s exploration of the theme of grief.
For Younger Readers (ages 7 – 12) the Shortlist includes: Brindabella, a story of a rescue joey; Leave Taking told in verse as a boy says goodbye to the family farm; Black Cockatoo, another story about a rescue animal exploring culture. Jaclyn Moriarty’s second book in the Kingdoms and Empires series also made the shortlist, as did Carly Nugent’s Peacock Detectives. Emily Rodda has again produced a facinating read with her secret story within a story in His name was Walter
If you are looking for books for Early Childhood (ages 0 -6 years) Alison Lester has two delightful titles on the Shortlist. If bugs and beetles interest your youngster then look at Heads and Tails: Insects or Here comes Stinkbug. Indulge your imagination with either The Dress-up Box, or Rainbow Bear, two titles with lots of good fun creativity.
Picture books aren’t just for the very young, and most of this year’s Shortlist certainly provide food for thought. This category is about the author and illustrator working together on a theme. Kindness is one of the themes in The Feather, while consumerism is the topic of The All New Must Have Orange 430. The Cicada and Girl on Wire both look at self-esteem in very different ways. The Mediterranean is a stark look at the plight of refugees, while Chalk Boy talks of gratitude and a boy with a “heart that can FEEL.”
The Eve Pownall Award is for non-fiction books. Facts that have been presented with imagination and style. Refugees are also a theme for Donna Rawlins’ Waves, while wildlife is the subject of both Bouncing Back and Our Birds. Sorry Day is a powerful title with vivid illustrations. Make Believe fascinates with optical illusions, and The Happiness Box is a war history book about a book.
The six titles shortlisted for New Illustrator feature four about animals; The Singing Seal, Carmichael’s Journey, Dingo and Australian Birds. Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House, not surprisingly is a story about colours, and the vibrant Grandma Z features an unconventional grandparent and a marvellous day.
We hope you have discovered some new Australian gems among these Recent Additions for children.