In 1946 the Children’s Book Council of Australia established annual book awards to promote books of high literary and artistic quality, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia. Every year, the University Library presents a physical display of the shortlisted books and subsequent winners, which span across six different categories.

Book Week ran this year from 21-27 August, with winners announced at noon on 20 August.
Sadly, due to current public health order stemming from COVID-19 state lockdowns, we were not able to present the display in the Library.

However, we hope to be able to present a belated display later in the year to showcase these amazing titles.

OLDER READERS – WINNER “The End of the world is bigger than love” – Davina Bell

YOUNGER READERS– WINNER “Aster’s good, right things” – Kate Gordon

EARLY CHILDHOOD– WINNER “No! Never!” – Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, ill. by Mel Pearce

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR– WINNER “How to make a bird” – Matt Ottley, text Meg McKinley

EVE POWNALL AWARD – WINNER “Dry to dry : the seasons of Kakadu” – Pamela Freeman, ill. by Liz Anelli

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR – WINNER “This small blue dot” – Zeno Sworder

Congratulations are in order for illustrator Liz Anelli, who has won the category of ‘The Eve Pownell Award’ for her book ‘Dry to Dry : the seasons of Kakadu’.

Liz is a honorary senior lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle, and well known Newcastle illustrator.

The CBCA judges say…

This book explores the changing seasons of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory. Offering parallel texts of narrative and factual information, the book is poetic and engaging. The language used transports readers to Kakadu and keeps them engaged through the change in font, size and direction of text, making the words to jump out at the reader. Additional information at the end of the book, as well as a discussion on the seasons that the Indigenous people of Kakadu recognise, highlight the importance of Kakadu to traditional owners, adding to the overall high-quality production of this book.

Liz joins Sami Bayly, a University of Newcastle alumnus, whose marvellous book ‘The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of dangerous animals; was also shortlisted in the same category and received the ‘Honours’ award. Sami also had an entry in the 2020 CBCA awards, and the University Library holds a copy of this book as well.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Liz and Sam – the University Library looks forward to creating a display with these books when we return to campus.

In the meantime, you can order Liz’s and Sami’s Books from our Library Catalogue via our Click and Collect service!

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