The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the Winners of the 2018 book of the Year Awards. These awards highlight an extraordinary level of creativity and talent of Australia's children's authors and illustrators.
Of the 444 entries and 36 shortlisted titles, judges have selected one winner and two honour books for the five Book of the Year Award categories and one winner for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators.
Judges for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards commented on the wide range of themes including contemporary realism in the Older Readers entries, magical realism and historical fiction for Younger Readers, Indigenous themes and traditional outback settings in the Early Childhood category, and two high quality books with deaf children as their central characters.
The 2018 Book of the Year Award Winners
Book of the Year : Older Readers
Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling.
Ages 13-18 years (NB: These books are for mature readers)
Winner - Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood.
Honour Books - Malee Boys by Charlie Archbold & In Dark Spaces by Cally Black
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years.
Ages 8-12 years.
Winner - How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
Honour Books - Henrietta and the Perfect Night by Martine Murray and Marsh & ME by Martine Murray
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading.
Ages 0-7 years
Winner - Rodney Loses It! by Michael Gerald Bauer & illus by Chrissie Krebs
Honour Books - The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester and Hark, It's Me, Ruby Lee! by Lisa Shanahan & illus by Binny
Picture Book of the Year
Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations.
Ages 0-18 years (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers).
Winner - A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins
Honour Books - The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood and Mopoke by Philip Bunting
Eve Pownall Award
Entries in this category should be books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Ages 0-18 years
Winner - Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak & illus by Julian Frost
Honour Books - Left & right by Lorna Hendry and Koala by Claire Saxby & illus by Julie Vivas
Crichton Award for New Illustrators
The Crichton Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration. Ages 0-18 years.
Winner - Tintinnabula by Rovina Cai