Saturday, 20 August 2016

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners 2016

Well, another year has come and gone. Yesterday the winners of the  CBCA Awards were announced in Sydney. 

Book of the Year Older Readers Winner

Cloudwish - Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood's Acceptance Speech

Book of the Year Older Readers Honour Books

A Single Stone - Meg McKinlay
Inbetween Days - Vikki Wakefield

Book of the Year Younger Readers Winner

Soon - Morris Gleitzman

Book of the Year Younger Readers Honour Books

Sister Heart - Sally Morgan (see my review)
Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master - Emily Rodda

Book of the Year Early Childhood Winner

Mr Huff - Anna Walker

Book of the Year Early Childhood Honour Books

Perfect - Danny Parker, Freya Blackwood (illustrator)
The Cow Tripped Over the Moon - Tony Wilson, Laura Wood (illustrator)

Book of the Year Picture Book Winner

Flight - Armin Greder (illustrator), Nadia Wheatley (text)

Book of the Year Picture Book Honour Books

Perfect - Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Danny Parker (text)
Ride, Ricardo, Ride - Shane Devries (illustrator), Phil Cummings (text)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Winner

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony - Stephanie Owen Reeder

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Honour Books

Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect - Rohan Cleave, Coral Tulloch (illustrator)
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs - Robyn Siers, Carlie Walker (illustrator)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators Winner

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade - Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Davina Bell (text)

Disappointingly for me I haven't read any of the winners as yet, and only one of the Honour Books. Ah well, I still have many more excellent books awaiting me. And this year I didn't manage to pick any of the winners by cover alone- although it does look like it was a good year for blue books.

For even more great reads check out the full shortlist and notable books.


Sue Bursztynski said...

I've read all the Older Readers books this year and one of the Younger Readers books. Interestingly, the only younger readers book I read was Soon, the winner. :-) And a wonderful book it was too. So was Cloudwish. I think the judges got it right this year, though I would rather have seen The Flywheel get an Honour than either of those that did. They were both good books, but I had nitpicks with them. Still, Cloudwish and Soon are both beautiful books and Cloudwish has a lot of gentle humour, plus it's a love letter to Melbourne.

I'll be interested to see what you think when you have read some more of them. If nothing else, do read the winners, I'd be very surprised if you didn't enjoy them.

Louise said...

Hi Sue. Thanks for your comment. I would love to read Cloudwish and Soon soon... I've amused myself there. Anyway though, both are sequels really, and I've never read any of Fiona Woods' books- I do know that her three books are loosely related, but that's enough for me to want to read them in order. Soon of course is the fifth book in the series, and rather incredibly I've never read any of them either! I have read some of Morris's other books though. I have Once in the house (and Fiona Wood's first book too), it's just finding the time to read them. I do have high hopes for getting the other winners read soon though. :-)

Sue Bursztynski said...

You don't really have to read the Fiona Wood books in order or even read all of them. I was halfway through Cloudwish before I thought, "Hang on... Isn't this set in the same universe as Wildlife?" What she does is take a minor character from the previous book and make her the main character in the next. The style is completely different in each one. One of our students who had never read the other two loved Cloudwish. We agreed that it was a more cheerful version of Alice Pung's Laurinda, with a similar storyline. And it has a sense of place - Melbourne - neither of the others do. I think it's the best of the three. But you don't HAVE to have read them.

You probably should read Once before attempting the others, agreed. The author says he's written the series to stand alone, but it doesn't, really. You could read Soon alone, but Felix, the hero, just wouldn't mean the same to you, you couldn't feel his grief as you do when you know what he's been through.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Not only have I not read any of the books, I am not familiar with any of the authors. Very sad day for me. Will I never become a more worldly children's book reader?