TWIN sisters build a post-apocalyptic sanctuary on a tiny island in this year’s spine-tingling Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers.
1946 was a watershed year. World War Two had just ended and plans for a more hopeful future were being laid worldwide. The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) had been established the year before, and in 1946 it launched its first Book of the Year Award. This was an extraordinary act of optimism on the part of a small country. To put it in an international context, journalist and author Jella Lepman founded the International Youth Library in Munich in 1949 and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in Switzerland in 1953. It seemed the post-war world believed access to books and quality literature would enhance young people’s prospects for a peaceful and enlightened future.
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Animalia, the CBCA in partnership with the Royal Australian Mint are inviting classrooms and families from across Australia to participate in a competition for the chance to win Animalia Library Bags with a 35th Anniversary of Animalia Coin inside.
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