Book of the Year 2011 WinnersThe winner and honour books in each of the categories are decided at the Judges' Conferences after extensive discussion and by secret ballot by the Judges.
Older Readers Younger Readers Early Childhood Picture Books Eve Pownall
These awards are funded by generous donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation, especially the Benefactors and Major Donors.NOTE: These books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Hartnett, Sonya The Midnight Zoo Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Crowley, Cath Graffiti Moon Pan Macmillan Australia HONOUR MacLeod, Doug The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher Penguin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)NOTE: These books are intended for independent younger readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Carmody, Isobelle The Red Wind Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Bauer, Michael Gerard Just a Dog Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia HONOUR
Illus: Davis, Sarah
Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot Walker BooksNOTE: Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages
Author Title Publisher WINNER Ormerod, Jan
Illus: Blackwood, Freya
Maudie and Bear Little Hare Books HONOUR Champion, Tom Niland & Niland, Kilmeny
Illus: Niland, Deborah
The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies Allen & Unwin HONOUR Norrington, Leonie
Illus: Huxley, Dee
Look See, Look at Me Allen & UnwinNOTE: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher JOINT
Baker, Jeannie Mirror Walker Books JOINT WINNER Greenberg, Nicki Hamlet Allen & Unwin HONOUR Bancroft, Bronwyn Why I Love Australia
Little Hare Books HONOUR Riddle, Tohby My Uncle's Donkey
Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)NOTE: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Ursula Dubosarsky
Illus: Riddle, Tohby
The Return of the Word Spy
Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Brooks, Ron Drawn From the Heart: A Memoir
Allen & Unwin HONOUR One Arm Point Remote Community School Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon
The first agent Annabel Pitcher approached with her debut novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, may well be kicking herself now. "Commercially disastrous" was her crisp rejection of the novel that went on to be the subject of an auction war between publishers in both the UK and the US, a crossover sales success and is in the running for the Guardian children's fiction prize, among other awards.
BY Belinda White | 15 August 2011
Supermodel Tyra Banks, who rose to fame in the early nineties after becoming the first African American woman to cover GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue , is more famous these days for her television role as the creator and host of America's Next Top Model - now in its 17th series.
With a CV like that, who could be better placed to pen a novel set against the backdrop of bitch fighting and backstabbing that is the model industry?
But anyone expecting Tyra, 37, to write a warts and all exposé of the pressures on young models, or the raw truth behind the fashion business, better think again. Modelland'is not so much an auto-biography as the stuff of a mad man's dreams.
I haven't posted any pictures of people reading for a long time, but, inspired by the book Girl Reading by Katie Ward, I'm starting again. Today.
Summer readings: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
A family holiday on the Greek island of Paxos was the perfect setting for my first encounter with hermit crabs and a classic tale.
I am not sure quite why I have such an affection for My Family and Other Animals: my brother referred to me as Margo for quite some time, not because of my effortless ability to attract various languid Greek youths, but because I was a bit spotty, and so was she: "swollen up like a plate of scarlet porridge", as Larry puts it. How unfair.
FORGOTTEN Letters is an anthology of poems, letters and essays by popular and critically acclaimed dyslexic writers. It is collected and produced by RASP Books (www.r-a-s-p.co.uk), an independent publishing initiative that specialises in promoting and publishing dyslexic writers and aims to “to (re)discover and promote writers who write differently”, “raise awareness of dyslexia” and explore dyslexia as a difference, not as a problem.
In an interview conducted via Gtalk, anthology editor Naomi Folb said, “I think that people assume you have a really hard time and that you find everything very difficult, whereas I don't see dyslexia in this way. For me it is just a way of thinking.”
Folb, 32, herself dyslexic, is currently based in Århus, Denmark, where she is a PhD student, researching dyslexia.
“For my degree, I have interviewed writers and journalists, and also mathematicians and engineers because I want to know how dyslexia is ‘used’ in different professions and how dyslexics perceive dyslexia, in different contexts,” she said, adding that she notices that what dyslexics have in common is the ability to “generate ideas quickly” and “not follow conventions”.
Folb said the work that will be published in Forgotten Letters reflects the way dyslexics communicate ideas and emotions through words. She said, “It is the book I always wished I could have had. It was the book that didn't exist and because of that, I didn't know I was not ‘less’.”