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The CBCA is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. Established in 1945, the CBCA was founded at a time when Australian children’s books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. The CBCA awards are now the most influential in Australia.
PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR HONOURS: One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly, Sally Heinrich.  Exquisite picture book which tells a touching story about the relationship between a young boy, Luk, and his elephant, Mali. On the border of Thailand and Burma, Mali steps on a landmine. Luk supports her during her recovery. Mali is eventually fitted with a prosthesis and gets a second chance at life. One Step at a Time is a groundbreaking story about landmines.

One Step at a Time - an exquisite picture book which tells a touching story about the relationship between a young boy, Luk, and his elephant, Mali. On the border of Thailand and Burma, Mali steps on a landmine. Luk supports her during her recovery.

YOUNGER READERS HONOURS: Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda.  Britta has always wanted to be a trader like her father, sailing the nine seas and bringing precious cargo home to Del harbour. Her dreams seemed safe until her fathers quest to find the fabled Staff of Tier ended in blood and horror. Now his shamed family is in hiding, and his ship, the Star of Deltora, belongs to the powerful Rosalyn fleet. But Britta's ambition burns as fiercely as ever.

Star of Deltora Shadows of the Master: Book 1 in the spellbinding Star of Deltora series. By the author of the best-selling and internationally successful Deltora.

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR HONOURS: Ride, Ricardo, Ride! by Phil Cummings, Shane Devries.  Ricardo loved to ride his bike through the village. He rode under endless skies, quiet and clear. He rode every day ... But then the shadows came.

On Friday March 2015 Pegi Williams Book Shop had the privilege of launching the book Ride, Ricardo, Ride! by Phil Cummings and Shane Devries. When the masses went home we filmed Phil reading th…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER: Flight by Greder Armin, Wheatley Nadia.  Tonight is the night. The family has to flee. They've been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood. Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times. Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp...

Flight by Armin Greder, text by Nadia Wheatley : Picture book of the year Windy Hollow Books

EARLY CHILDHOOD HONOURS: Perfect by Danny Parker.  On a perfect day, the hours stretch endlessly ahead.. Danny Parker's evocative verse expresses the freedom of an idyllic childhood, and paintings by Freya Blackwood magically evoke the light, scents and feel of a perfect summer day.

Perfect by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood. Book Week 2016 / Book of the Year Notables List / Picture Book.

CBCA Book of the Year winners 2016

The Children's Book Council of Australia [CBCA] is a not-for-profit organisation that gives awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

INFORMATION BOOK HONOURS: Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural ANZACs by Robyn Siers, Carlie Walker.  Ancestry is the third book in the Century of service series. It tells the stories of individuals and families from a range of cultural backgrounds who served with Australian units during the First World War. This image-rich publication draws on the Australian War Memorial’s diverse collection, including private records, photographs, works of art, and relics.

Ancestry: stories of multicultural Anzacs by Robyn Siers, illustrated by Carlie Walker : Eve Pownall award for information books

INFORMATION BOOK HONOURS: Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave, Coral Tulloch.  Phasmid tells the remarkable story of the rediscovery and rescue of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. It was thought that this species was extinct - lost forever - until one moonlit night a few surviving insects were found on a single bush peeking out of a rock crevice. The race was on to save the species, with the determination and passion of some dedicated people.

Phasmid is the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, or Stick Insect. Believed to be extinct for nearly 80 years, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometres off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia.

INFORMATION BOOK WINNER: Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony by Stephanie Owen Reeder.  This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie's 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time.

Booktopia has Lennie the Legend : Solo to Sydney by Pony, Winner of the 2016 Eve Pownall CBCA by Stephanie Owen Reeder. Buy a discounted Hardcover of Lennie the Legend : Solo to Sydney by Pony online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

EARLY CHILDHOOD HONOURS: The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson, Laura Wood.  Hey diddle diddle You all know the riddle A cow jumps over the moon... But the moon is very high in the sky. How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high-flying leap?

Booktopia has The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, National Simultaneous Storytime Book for 2017 by Tony Wilson. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Cow Tripped Over the Moon online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

YOUNGER READERS HONOURS: Sister Heart by Morgan Sally.  A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships. Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship. Suitable for ages 10–15, this compelling novel about the stolen generations helps sensitively introduce confronting…

Sister Heart- A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships

YOUNGER READERS WINNER: Soon by Morris Gleitzman. WW2 has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground for food, for shelter, for protection. Felix is in hiding to stay safe, but finds he has been left holding the baby - literally. An orphaned infant has been left in his care and he will do everything he can to protect the child, in the way a few incredible people did for him during the Holocaust. A powerfully moving addition to Gleitzman's bestselling series about Felix and…

The Children's War: Soon (Book in the Felix and Zelda family of books) by Morris Gleitzman

OLDER READERS HONOURS: In-Between Days by Vikki Wakefield.  At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She’s dropped out of school. She’s living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she’s in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn’t love her back. She’s stuck in Mobius—a dying town with the macabre suicide forest its only attraction—stuck working in the roadhouse and babysitting her boss’s demented father. A stranger sets up camp in the forest and the boy next door returns...

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Star of Deltora 1: Shadows of the Master: Book 1 in the spellbinding Star of Deltora series. By the author of the best-selling and internationally successful Deltora.

Star of Deltora Shadows of the Master: Book 1 in the spellbinding Star of Deltora series. By the author of the best-selling and internationally successful Deltora.

We Are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka by Clare Wright : Eve Pownall award for information books

(Own) We Are the Rebels _ Eureka Stockade teaching notes and lesson ideas available

The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet by Libby Gleeson. Book Week 2016 / Book of the Year Notables List / Younger Readers. Miss Jenny's Classroom

The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet by Libby Gleeson. Book Week 2016 / Book of the Year Notables List / Younger Readers.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Bruce Whatley, text by Eric Bogle : Picture book of the year

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Bruce Whatley, text by Eric Bogle : Picture book of the year

The White Mouse : the story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe

The White Mouse: the Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe : Eve Pownall award for information books

Soon (Felix & Zelda 5) by Morris Gleitzman http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0141362790/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_VHL.wb1BQRABP

The Children's War: Soon (Book in the Felix and Zelda family of books) by Morris Gleitzman

Novel: Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson. Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it's nothing to do with him. That's just the way the Aborigines have always been treated. In the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed Walgaree's way will blow things apart. It's time for Robbie to take a stand. Nothing will ever be the same. Collection: YA

Freedom Ride- Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it's nothing to do…

Phasmid: saving the Lord Howe Island stick insect by Rohan Cleave, illustrated by Coral Tulloch : Eve Pownall Award for information books

Phasmid: saving the Lord Howe Island stick insect by Rohan Cleave, illustrated by Coral Tulloch : Eve Pownall Award for information books

My Dead Bunny - Sigi Cohen

My Dead Bunny Written by Sigi Cohen, illustrated by James Foley. Very dark, funny, rhyming picture book about a dead bunny that the boy digs up. Probably not suitable for Primary.

Suri’s Wall – Lucy Estela, illustrated by Matt Ottley – Penguin Books Australia – Published 26 August 2015 ♥♥♥♥ Synopsis Eva squeezed Suri’s hand. “What’s …

Book Review: Suri’s Wall

Suri’s Wall – Lucy Estela, illustrated by Matt Ottley – Penguin Books Australia – Published 26 August 2015 ♥♥♥♥ Synopsis Eva squeezed Suri’s hand.

My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester : Early childhood

Fishpond United States, My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester. Buy Books online: My Dog Bigsy, ISBN Alison Lester