Children's Book Council of Australia Award Winners 2015.

The Children's Book Council of Australia award winners were announced  Friday 20 August at 12noon.  These awards are presented annually for books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature, and for new talent. Congratulations to all the winners.

Book of the Year: Older Readers
 The Protected by Claire Zorn
I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah's world is in pieces and she doesn't need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn't have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.
Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson, ill. Freya Blackwood
Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays.but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all.

Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Go to Sleep, Jessie! by Libby Gleeson,  ill. Freya Blackwood.
A beautiful tale that encapsulates the love of siblings. The story takes the reader on a journey of two sisters who share a bedroom. The baby, Jessie, will not stop crying when it’s time to go to bed. Jo finds this very
frustrating and tries absolutely everything to get Jessie to sleep, like asking her parents to take Jessie for a drive to calm her down. But when Jessie has gone, all of a sudden, Jo is lonely without her sister in her bed
next to her. In the end, Jo realises that Jessie is simply longing for human interaction and climbs into her cot to cuddle her little sister to sleep.

Picture Book of the Year
Book cover sourced from
Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
 My Two Blankets ill. by Freya Blackwood. Text:  Irena Kobald
My Two Blankets is the story of a young girl called Cartwheel who leaves her own war torn country for somewhere safe. But the new place is so foreign to her she no longer feels like herself. Cartwheel seeks comfort in a metaphorical blanket of her own words and sounds. When a young girl shows her friendship and begins to teach her new words, Cartwheel begins to create a new blanket from these words and sounds she learns.(sourced from 

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
 A-Z of Convicts in Van  Diemen’s Land by Simon Barnard

Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the runningof the newly established colony.

Simon Barnard’s A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.

And the spectacular illustrations, each one carefully drawn in meticulous detail from contemporary records, bring this extraordinary history to life.


Book of the Year: Older Readers
NB: These books are for mature readers

 Nona & Me  by Clare Atkins (Honour book)

Intruder by Christine Bongers

 Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl  by Melissa Keil

 The Minnow by  Diana Sweeney (Honour book)

 The Protected by Claire Zorn

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks (Honour book)

 The Simple Things by Bill Condon ill. Beth Norling

 The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson, ill. Freya Blackwood

 Bleakboy and Hunter Stand out in the Rain by  Stephen Herrick

 Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu

 Withering-by-Sea: a Stella Montgomery Intrigue by Judith Rossell (Honour book)

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

 Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey.

 Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes  ill. Stephen Michael King (Honour book)

 Go to Sleep, Jessie! by Libby Gleeson,  ill. Freya Blackwood.

 A House of Her Own by Jenny Hughes ill. Jonathan Bentley

 Snail and Turtle are Friends by Stephen Michael King

 Noni the Pony goes to  the Beach by Alison Lester (Honour book)

Picture Book of the Year
Some of these books may be for mature readers
Arranged by illustrator

 Rivertime by Trace Balla

 My Two Blankets ill. by Freya Blackwood. Text:  Irena Kobald

 One Minute's Silence ill. by Michael Camilleri. Text:  David Metzenthen (Honour book)

 The Duck and the Darklings ill. by Stephen Michael King. Text: Glenda Millard

 The Stone Lion ill. by Ritva Voutila. Text: Margaret Wild (Honour book)

 Fire ill. by Bruce Whatley. Text: Jackie French

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
NB: These books are intended for an audience birth to 18 years.

 A-Z of Convicts in Van  Diemen’s Land by Simon Barnard

 Coming of Age: Growing up  Muslim in Australia by Demet Divaroren, & Amra Pajalic (editors).

 Mary's Australia: How Mary  Mackillop Changed Australia by Pamela Freeman

Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly,  ill. by Robert Ingpen (Honour book)

 Emu by Claire Saxby,  ill. Graham Byrne

Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime by Carlie Walker,  Ill. Brett Hatherly (Honour book)