THE Children’s Book Council of Australia every year brings children and books together by encouraging Schools, Libraries, booksellers, Authors and Illustrators to celebrate Book Week.
Medowie joined in the celebrations and all schools took part in this year’s festivities hosting book parades through the week.
This year’s theme for book week was ‘Australia! Story Country.’
Our local schools got behind the theme, and many a Ned Kelly, Gumnut baby, swagman and Galah were seen at local establishments.
Another special aspect to book week is the announcement of the National award winners, as it gives a wonderful list of books for families to look up for their children to increase their love of learning.
Professor Margot Hillel, Chair of the CBCA National Board said, “It’s wonderful for our much-loved authors and illustrators to be acknowledged for their work, and we’re thrilled to see new writers in the mix across all categories.”
The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the following books as prestigious 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Award winners – recognising the depth of talent in Australian children’s literature.
The book of the year:
Older readers – ‘Cloudwish’ by Fiona Wood
Younger readers – ‘Soon’ by Morris Gleitzman
Early Childhood – ‘Mr Huff’ by Anna Walker
Picture book of the year – ‘Flight’ by Armin Greder
The Eve Pownell award for information books – ‘Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony’ by Stephanie Owen Reeder
Crichton Award – ‘The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade’ by Allison Colpoys
By Rachael VAUGHAN