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2014 CBCA Awards

It is that time of year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards have been announced.

So here they are.

Older Readers



Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honourable Mentions


Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Alysse Near


The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

Younger Readers



City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks

Honourable Mentions


My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg


Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer

Early Childhood



The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner

Honourable Mentions


I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Ann James


Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Picture Books


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Honourable Mentions


King Pig by Nick Bland


The Silver Button by Bob Graham

Eve Pownell Award (Information Books)



Jeremy by Christopher Faille and Danny Snell

Honourable Mentions


Welcome to my Country by  Laklak Burarrwanga and Family


Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe

A huge congrats to all these winners and all of the nominated. To see the full list go here.


Too Many Elephants in This House

By: Ursula Dubosarsky

Illustrated by: Andrew Joyner

Eric lives in a house with way too many elephants. They are in the kitchen, the living room and his bedroom. He loves elephants but they are starting to take up too much space and his mum has put her foot down, the elephants have to go. What is Eric going to do? Eric has to come up with a clever solution if he is going to keep his elephants.

A story about problem solving and imagination. Eric is a very creative little boy who uses his imagination to come up with a wonderful solution to his problem. It shows children that they sometimes do have the answers. Joyner’s illustrations are fun and have a real feeling of joy about them. A delightful read.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 02 July 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Imagination, Problem Solving

ISBN 13: 9780670075461

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

The Terrible Plop

By: Ursula Dubosarsky

Illustrated By: Andrew Joyner

You are about to read the story of a terrible plop. The rabbits were down by the lake when they first heard it and they hopped away in fear. This fear was passed on to fox, monkey, pig, cat, elephant, tiger, bat and more. Bear would not be scared by this ‘Terrible Plop’ and demands the slowest and smallest rabbit takes him back to the scene of the ‘plop’. What happens though, when rabbit discovers the truth of the ‘Terrible Plop’?

This is a really fun book from an award winning author. The text is rhyming, in short lines. The illustrations are simple, appealing and full of energy to convey the story. An entertaining addition to your children’s bookshelf.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 02 March 2009

Format: Hardback 36 pages

Categories: Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9780670071418

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of the page

What’s the Matter, Aunty May?

By: Peter Friend

Illustrated By: Andrew Joyner

A little boy has a question of his Aunt May. He would like to know why she shouted and screamed ‘enough is enough’? He wants to know what the matter is because he was only trying to help out. Why can’t she see the bright side, surely it doesn’t matter if a vase got broken, or the floor got flooded, or a little red ink got spilled.

This is a funny picture book and I’m not sure who will get more out of it, adults or children. Truly they will probably both snort with a little laughter as they find it amusing for different reasons. Or maybe it is just me who gets a little frustrated when the kids try to help… surely that’s not it. The text is simple and rhymes which is always appealing to young listeners. The illustrations show perfectly both sides of the situation, the chaos and exasperation. This is worth a look even if only for the tired, half-pained laugh it will illicit.

Publisher: Little Hare

Published: 01 March 2012

Format: Hardback 24 pages

Categories: Family, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781921714535

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

Ready, Set, Boris

By: Andrew Joyner

Boris’ class is in training for sports day. Boris really wants to win and more than anything he wants to beat Eddie because Eddie is the guy who always wins everything. Boris’ best mate, Frederick just doesn’t want to come last, not such an easy thing as sport doesn’t come easy to Frederick. Then Boris comes up with a plan. A plan that will give him and Frederick the edge when sports day rolls around. Will Boris’s plan work though?

Another installment of the fun Boris series. The story is easily  understandable with simple text and an appealing, almost comic book presentation. It is one of the few series for those just starting chapter books that has colour illustrations and this is one of the reasons to look at this series if you are looking at a transition book between picture books and chapter books.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 30 May 2011

Format: Paperback 68 pages

Categories: Humour, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780143305040

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page


By: Andrew Joyner

Boris lives in Hogs Bay with his mum and dad. Boris wants to travel all over the world and have adventures, he’s had enough of staying in one spot. He doesn’t see why the family can’t do these things because the bus that is his family home once did travel the world. His parents have their reasons though. Boris just wants to get out of Hogs Bay. Then one day he hears a loud bang and the bus begins to move. Boris is so excited, maybe he will finally get his big adventure. Sometimes adventures don’t turn out the way you expect though.

This is a bright and bold book, perfectly suited to young readers just beginning to get out of picture books. It’s size is like a chapter book and the text is simple. The layout is a combination of sentences under or between the illustrations, which have a cartoon-like feel about them and utilize dialogue bubbles. A style I am sure that will appeal to more reluctant readers as well as it makes it look similar to a comic.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28 February 2011

Format: Paperback 68 pages

Categories: Humour, Family, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9780143305026

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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