Book Week Awards: Winners Announced

The Children's Book Council of Australia have announced The 2009 Book Of the Year Award Winners. The were 6 titles shorltisted in each of the 5 categories. Each category has a winner and two honour titles.

  • Book of the Year : Older Readers
    Cover: Tales from Outer SuburbiaTales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
    A collection of short stories that use Shaun's trademark illustrative style to increase meaning and enjoyment.

    Honour Books : Older Readers
    Into White Silence by Anthony Eaton
    A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

  • Book of the Year : Younger Readers
    Cover: Perry Angel's SuitcasePerry Angel's Suitcase by Gelnda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
    The third book in the Kingdom of Silk series. Perry Angel arrives at the Kingdom of Silk clinging to his old battered suitcase. A beautifully written and sensitive story.

    Honour Books : Younger Readers
    The Wish Pony by Catherine Bateson
    Then by Morris Gleitzman

  • Book Of the Year : Early Childhood
    Cover: Perry Angel's SuitcaseHow to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
    In a cool, grey, unfeeling city Will is the only person to notice a fallen bird. Follow him as he cares for the bird.

    Honour Books : Early Childhood
    Leaf by Stephen Michael King
    Tom Tom by Rosemary Sullivan, illustrated by Dee Huxley

  • Picture Book of the Year
    Cover: Collecting ColourCollecting Colour by Kylie Dunstan
    Olive's mother and aunty are traditional basket weavers in the Northern Territory. In this story she and her friend Rose learn about the roots and berries used as dyes in the process.

    Honour Books : Picture Book of the Year
    Home and Away by Matt Ottley, text by John Marsden, published by Lothian Children's Books, Hachette
    The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson, published by Randon House Australia

  • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
    Cover: Alive in the Death ZoneAlive in the Death Zone by Lincoln Hall
    In 2006, an Australian mountaineer was left for dead in the 'death zone' following a successful ascent of Mount Everest. A great account by him of his survival and the perils of such an extreme adventure.

    Honour Books : Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
    The Word Spy by Ursula Duborsarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle
    Simpson and his Donkey by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frane Lessac