CBCA Awards 2018 August 21, 2018 – Posted in: Awards, Books, Children's Books

Last Friday the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their 2018 winners in six award categories. Established in 1946, the CBCA Awards are recognised as Australia’s premier showcase of quality children’s literature and illustration, and CBCA Book Week (18-24 August this year) is a highly anticipated event in the yearly school calendar. This year’s theme, Find your Treasure, reminds us that books are indeed valuable objects; we open them and discover inside the riches of knowledge, a vast wealth of imagination, and many sparkling narrative jewels that help illuminate our own life’s story. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR:

A Walk in the Bush – Gwyn Perkins

A Walk in the Bush CBCA 2018

 Little Iggy doesn’t want to leave the house, but Grandad insists – they always have fun together. What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour. Here is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love. 

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD

Rodney loses it! – Michael Gerard Bauer

Rodney loses it! – Michael Gerard Bauer CBCA 2018

 Rodney was a rabbit who loved nothing more than drawing. He never found it tiresome, tedious or boring. But then one day, disaster struck, the one thing Rodney feared, while working at his drawing desk his pen just…DISAPPEARED! 

 

 

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS

How to Bee – Bren MacDibble

How to bee – Bren MacDibble CBCA 2018

A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

 

 

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS

Take Three girls – Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, and Simmone Howell

Take Three girls – Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, and Simmone Howell CBCA 2018

 Rumour is the new truth: feminism, identity and belonging are explored in a spectacular collaboration between three award-winning YA authors.

 

 

 

 

THE EVE POWNALL AWARD (for factual material)

Do not lick this book – Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost (illus.)

Do not lick this book – Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost CBCA 2018

A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes. 

 

 

 

CRICHTON AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATORS

Tintinnabula – Rovina Cai

Tintinnabula – Rovina Cai CBCA 2018

Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.