Its award season in the book industry! It seems like every few days there is a new list of books up for awards. The last couple of weeks has seen the announcement of notables and shortlists for the Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Readings Children’s Books Prize.

If anyone is looking to find some great reads for their kids, check out the finalists below:

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA – Winners announced Friday 15th August  

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Felicity Castagnalife-in-outer-spaceWill KostakiswildegirlswildlifeClaire Zorn


Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Anna BranfordJulie Huntunusual pursuitMyLifeAsAnAlphabetLightHorseBoy

To see the full shortlist, including Early Childhood Books, Picture Books and the Eve Powell Award for Information Books, go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia website.

Its great to see a couple of the finalists from the 2013 Aurealis Awards on the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlist. Good luck to Allyse Near with her book Fairytales for Wilde Girls (which won Best Young Adult Novel & Best Horror Novel), and Julie Hunt with her book Song for a Scarlet Runner. 

  • NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS – Winner announced Monday 19th May

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature

The Big DryRefugeJandamarraunusual pursuitThe Girl who brought MischiefStay well soon


Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature

Zac and MiaFelicity CastagnaBlack SpringSultans eyesMyLifeAsAnAlphabetwildlife

To see the full award shortlist in Adult Fiction, New Writing, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Playwriting, and the Mutli-cultural NSW Award, go to the State Library website.

  • READINGS CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE  – Winner announced in July

Jamie ReignJulie HuntThe bloodhound boysStay well soonThe Girl who brought MischiefRuby red shoesSmooch and roseAndy Flegg


Of course I am really keen to read ALL the books on the shortlists. Of course I will not be able to get through them all. I will try though! I have already read Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior and have just finished Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt. What a great book! I really enjoyed it. I will post my review in a few days.

Congratulations to all of the finalists, especially PJ Tierney for the shortlisting for her first novel Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior. I met Paula at a course last year just before her book was released. It was a really exciting time for her! The second book in the series – Jamie Reign: The Hidden Dragon, will be out in May.

What a fantastic selection of books! We have so many talented authors in Australia – lets celebrate them, and read, read read!!!

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