CBCA Awards 2012 – The Winners

Winners announced …
Looking for some reading inspiration? Take a look out our top picks from The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) short list, 2012.
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The CBCA have announced the winners and honour books for each short list in each of the five categories. In addition to this is the Crichton Shortlist, recognising new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration which is administered by the Victorian branch of the CBCA.

Newsflash: read our interview with Nick Bland, Early Childhood Book of the Year winner.

Crichton Shortlist 2012

WINNER: Ben & Duck Acton, Sara

Squish Rabbit Battersby Katherine

A Song for Lorkie Bowen, Dean  Written by Jennifer Castles

York’s Universe Goh, Heidi

Mozzie and Midgie Okalyi, Sandy  Written by Doug MacLeod

Grumpy Little King Streich, Michel


Book of the Year: Older Readers

WINNER: The Dead I Know Scot Gardner

HONOUR: A Straight Line to My Heart Bill Condon

HONOUR: When We Were Two Robert Newton

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel Michael Gerard Bauer

The Golden Day Ursula Dubosarsky

Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirpool Andrew McGahan


Book of the Year : Younger Readers

WINNER: Crow Country Kate Constable

HONOUR: Nanberry: Black Brother White Jackie French

HONOUR: The Truth About Verity Sparks Susan Green

Brotherband: The Outcasts John Flanagan

The Golden Door Emily Rodda

Bungawitta Emily Rodda


Book of the Year: Early Childhood

WINNER : The Runaway Hug Nick Bland, Ill. Freya Blackwood

HONOUR: Come Down, Cat! Sonya Hartnett, Ill. Lucia Masicullo

HONOUR: That’s not a daffodil! Elizabeth Honey

The Last Viking Norman Jorgensen, Ill. James Foley

No Bears Meg McKinlay, Ill. Leila Rudge

Rudie Nudie Emma Quay


Picture Book of the Year

WINNER: A Bus Called Heaven Bob Graham

HONOUR: Flood Bruce Whatley, Text: Jackie French

HONOUR: The Dream of the Thylacine Ron Brooks, Text: Margaret Wild

For All Creatures Rebecca Cool, Text: Glenda Millard

Look, a Book! Freya Blackwood, Text: Libby Gleeson

No Bears Leila Rudge, Text: Meg McKinlay


Eva Pownall Award for Information Books

WINNER: One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island Alison Lester & Coral Tulloch

HONOUR: The Little Refugee Anh & Suzanne Do, Ill. Bruce Whatley

HONOUR: Surrealism for Kids Queensland Art Gallery

Bilby Secrets Edel Wignell, Ill. Mark Jackson

Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War Carole Wilkinson

Playground Nadia Wheatley (Ed), Ill. Ken Searle

BIG congratulations to ALL those nominated, and although there are some other titles I would also loved to have seen on this list – that’s part of it really – getting a discussion going.

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