70th anniversary and CBCA Winners announced











Over one hundred members (past and current) of the South Australian Branch of CBCA attended a special morning tea hosted by the Adelaide City Council Mayor, Martin Haese this morning. The purpose was two fold -  to celebrate 70 years of The Children's Book Council of Australia and to announce the winners of the Book of the Year Award for 2016.

The event was held in the Adelaide City Library in Rundle Mall which was a fitting venue for the occasion. It was roomy and well laid out with a wonderful morning tea provided.  Other special dignitaries in attendance included The Honourable Susan Close, Minister for Education and Child Development;  Rachel Sanderson MP and Mr Alan Smith, the Director of the State Library.


Our President Karen Mutton gave a speech which outlined the importance of high quality literature and the valuable input by people involved from conception of an idea to the promotion of a book.  This was followed by the announcement of the winning and honour books for each category by our state Book of the Year Awards judge Katharine England.

To find out more go to our National website where you will find comments from our National President (Margot Hillel) and links to the winning books.


From Susan Close, Minister for Education and Child Development for 2016 Book Week.

It was a very great pleasure to welcome the Minister for Education and Child Development, Susan Close, to the 70th Anniversary Celebration of The Children's Book Council of Australia.

Please take a few moments to view this video that shares Minister Close's favourite books for children.



Book Week Celebrations are beginning

South Australian talent honoured in this year's 70th Anniversary awards include:

Vikki Wakefield for her novel In Between Days (Honour Book in the Older Readers Category),

Phil Cummings and Shane Devries for their picture book Ride, Ricardo, Ride (Honour Book in the Picture Book Category)

and  Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich for ther picture book One Step At A Time (Honour Book in the Picture Book Category).

The Book of the Year: Older Readers



Fiona Wood

Macmillan Australia


A Single Stone

Meg McKinlay

Walker Books Australia


Inbetween Days

Vikki Wakefield

Text Publishing

The Book of the Year: Younger Readers



Morris Gleitzman

Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)


Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

Fremantle Press



Shadows of the Master

Emily Rodda

Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia


The Book of the Year: Early Childhood


Mr Huff


Penguin Random House



Danny Parker (Illust: Freya Blackwood)

Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont


The Cow Tripped Over The Moon

Tony Wilson (Illust: Laura Wood)

Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

The Picture Book of the Year



Armin Greder (Text: Nadia Wheatley)

Windy Hollow Books



Ride, Ricardo, Ride!

Shane Devries (Text: Phil Cummings)

Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia


One Step at a Time

Sally Heinrich (Text: Jane Jolly)

Midnight Sun Publishing

The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Stephanie Owen Reeder

NLA Publishing


Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Rohan Cleave (Illust: Coral Tulloch)

CSIRO Publishing



Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs

Robyn Siers & Carlie Walker

Department of Veterans Affairs

Crichton Award

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade

Allison Colpoys (Text: Davina Bell)

Scribe Publications












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