Book of the Year Awards - Winners 2018

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The Book of the Year: Older Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling.
Ages 13-18 years (NB: These books are for mature readers)

Winner

TAKE THREE GIRLS
Crowley, Cath & Wood, Fiona & Howell, Simmone
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781742612744

Honours

MALLEE BOYS
Archbold, Charlie
Wakefield Press
ISBN: 9781743055007

Honours

IN THE DARK SPACES
Black, Cally
Hardie Grant Egmont
ISBN: 9781760128647
The Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years.
Ages 8-12 years.

Winner

HOW TO BEE
MacDibble, Bren
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760294335

Honours

HENRIETTA AND THE PERFECT NIGHT
Murray, Martine
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760290245

Honours

MARSH AND ME
Murray, Martine
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781925498011
The Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading.
Ages 0-7 years

Winner

RODNEY LOSES IT!
Bauer, Michael Gerard
illust: Krebs, Chrissie
Omnibus Books
ISBN: 9781742991900

Honours

THE VERY NOISY BABY
Lester, Alison
Affirm Press
ISBN: 9781925475616

Honours

HARK, IT'S ME, RUBY LEE!
Shanahan, Lisa
illust. Binny
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734416551
The Picture Book of the Year

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations.
Ages 0-18 years (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers).

Note: Picture Books are listed by the illustrator, followed by the author

Winner

A WALK IN THE BUSH
Perkins, Gwyn
Affirm Press
ISBN: 9781925475531

Honours

THE GREAT RABBIT CHASE
Blackwood, Freya
Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781743811641

Honours

MOPOKE
Bunting, Philip
Omnibus Books
ISBN: 9781742991658
The Eve Pownall Award

Entries in this category should be books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style.
Ages 0-18 years

Winner

DO NOT LICK THIS BOOK
Ben-Barak, Idan
illust. Frost, Julian
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760293055

Honours

LEFT & RIGHT
Hendry, Lorna
Wild Dog Books
ISBN: 9781742034430

Honours

KOALA
Saxby, Claire
illust. Vivas, Julie
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781925126396
Crichton Award for New Illustrators

The Crichton Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration. Ages 0-18 years.

Note: Picture Books are listed by the illustrator, followed by the author

Winner

TINTINNABULA
Cai, Rovina
Little Hare
ISBN: 9781742975252