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Book Week 2013

Book Week 2

Hello Everybody!

Book Week is an annual celebration of Australian books, authors and illustrators. This year it will be held from Saturday 17th August – Friday 23rd August 2013. Many classrooms and libraries look forward to Book Week and spend lots of time just loving books! The Children’s Book Council of Australia run this festival and each year they choose a theme. This year, the theme is Read Across The Universe.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia also hold The Children’s Book Of The Year Award. The Short List is as follows:


Picture Book Of The Year (Some books may be for mature readers)

Coat Illustrated by Ron Brooks (Text by Julie Hunt)

Tanglewood   Illustrated by Vivienne Goodman (Text by Margaret Wild)

Herman And Rosie by Gus Gordon

Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester

Lightning Jack  Illustrated by Patricia Mullins (Text by Glenda Millard)

Day To Remember Illustrated by Mark Wilson (Text by Jackie French)


Early Childhood Book Of The Year

Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen (Illustrations by Freya Blackwood)

With Nan by Tania Cox (Illustrations by Karen Blair)

Pros and Cons Of Being A Frog by Sue De Gennaro

Too Many Elephants In This House by Ursula Dubosarsky (Illustrations by Andrew Joyner)

It’s a Miroocool  by Christine Harris (Illustrations by Ann James)

Peggy by Anna Walker


Younger Readers

Pennies For Hitler by Jackie French

Other Brother by  Simon French

After by Morris Gleitzman

Children Of The King by Sonya Hartnett

Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick

Tender Moments Of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard


Older Readers

Ink Bridge by Neil Grant

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod

Creepy And Maud by Dianne Touchell

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail


Information Books (Eve Pownall Award) Some books may be for mature readers

Python by Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson

Lyrebird – A True Story by Jackie Kerin (Illustrations by Peter Gouldthorpe)

Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers by Kirsty Murray

Portrait of Spain For Kids  by the Queensland Art Gallery

Tom The Outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach (Illustrations by Timothy Ide)


The Awards will be announced on 16th August 2013. In the meantime I will be sharing some activities for some of the Early Childhood Book Of The Year shortlisted books on the Home page as well as through my Blog. If you get a chance, see if the books are at your local library and enjoy them with your child.

Happy reading!




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