Lets Connect. What are you Reading? Artwork by Ron Brooks Courtesy of CBCA www.cbca.org.au
Artwork by Ron Brooks Courtesy of CBCA www.cbca.org.au

It’s almost Book Week, and although my kids are in Year 10 and 8 and no longer want to dress up for the book parade – I am excited that the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award winners will be announced on the 15th August 2014.

The theme for Book Week 2014 is Connect to Reading – Reading to Connect and ‘is about the experience of exploring a story, and travelling to other worlds…and has a broader social meaning, suggesting that reading assists in creating a bond with others.’  

Since starting my blog I have connected with so many people who love books as much as I do and I’ve immersed myself in reading fiction written by talented Aussie authors, especially novels for younger readers and young adult.

I’ve always enjoyed reading, have been in a book club for many years and insisted that a library was a vital addition to our house when building – but reading books for the age I was when I fell in love with books has reminded me how the books we love when we were younger stay in our memories. For me the novels I read as a child and young adult lingered long after the last word was read and every year the Children’s Book Council of Australia honour many books that will be remembered by our kids for years to come.

I have read nearly all eleven books for the Younger and Older readers, (only 2 to go!) but I’m a little behind on my reviews. Click on the highlighted book titles to read my reviews so far:

Good luck to all the shortlisted authors and illustrators! The winners are announced Friday 15th August at 12pm

  • Book of the Year: Older Readers

Felicity Castagnalife-in-outer-spaceWill KostakiswildegirlswildlifeClaire Zorn

  • Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Anna BranfordJulie Huntunusual pursuitMyLifeAsAnAlphabetLightHorseBoy

  • Book of the Year Early Childhood


  • Picture Book of the Year


  • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


For more information please see the Children’s Book Council of AustraliaEngaging the community with literature for young Australians. 

59 replies to “Book Week & CBCA Book of the Year 2014”

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I’m furiously reading The Sky so Heavy, but am unlikely to finish by tomorrow which is a shame! I loved the cover of this book, when I was searching for inspiration for my recently published YA book ‘Blake Collider’. Check out the blurb on it’s facebook page. Your kids are the perfect ages for this book. I’d be happy to send a copy and if they/you like it, I’d love you to say so online.
    My favourite YA adult book from 2013 was ‘Everyday’ by David Levithan. Probably for 16-18 year olds rather than younger. Could possibly review it if you wanted me to.
    June Laurie

    1. Hi June, don’t rush to finish – lets chat about when you are finished. Yes please send me a copy of your book! I would love to read it and comment on it. My son would like it too I think. I’ll DM you my address on twitter. ‘Everyday’ sounds good, I might check it out. A review of it would be great – have had one guest review on the blog recently and wanted to have some more here and there. Thanks Lisa :-)

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