Book of the Year Awards

Children’s Book Week is coming up in Week 6, commencing on Monday 22 August. Book Week is organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) to celebrate Australian children’s literature. The annual CBCA book awards are considered the most prestigious awards which recognise outstanding children’s books. The winners will be announced on Friday 19 August.

Books are judged in the following five categories:

  • Younger Readers – upper primary
  • Early Childhood – pre-readers or early stages of reading
  • Picture Books –illustrations integral to communicating the story/theme/meaning
  • Information Books – creative presentation of factual material
  • Older Readers – high school

Leading up to the announcement of the winners, over the next 4 weeks on the blog we will feature a discussion of the 6 shortlisted books for each category (except older readers).

We would love to hear your thoughts on these titles – please leave a comment below!

First up is Picture Book of the Year.

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Meet Catherine Whittaker

Catherine is the parent of 2 (soon to be 3) children at Belair with a background in accounting. Catherine is currently undertaking a Masters of Information Studies (Librarianship), which she will complete in 2016. This means Catherine will be fully trained as a Librarian. Recently Catherine has studied the current trends in library services for children and youth.

Catherine is passionate about children’s literacy and equipping parents with knowledge to support reading at home. Catherine is volunteering at the Belair library to support literacy initiatives and events, contribute to the activities held in the library, and will be actively involved in the library blog.

By Nyssa Kelly