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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.



9781741696431By: Nick Bland

Penny Pasketti likes to look into space and stare at the stars. She likes to pretend they are friends. One night the most amazing thing happens, something crashed into her backyard and when Penny gets there she finds a new friend, Little Star. Together they have a wonderful night but soon Little Star wants to go home, they try to come up with a way to make this happen. They have no luck until Penny thinks of a most wonderful thing.

This is a gorgeous story of imagination and friendship. The text is simple and somehow gentle, perfect for bedtime. The illustrations are fun and wondrous. It’s no surprise I like this book I am a huge Nick Bland fan. A great bedtime story to add to the collection.


Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 July 2010

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Imagination, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781741696431

Purchase: use Booktopia link on side of the page.

The Hungry Bear

By: Nick Bland

Bear has been cranky and itchy and now he is hungry, very hungry. he is trying to catch a fish. He has caught something really big, but it is no fish. It is a polar bear without a home. Bear sets out to help his new friend find a home. When you friend is a polar bear it turns out that that isn’t quite as easy as it might first seem.

Hungry Bear follows the success of Cranky and Itchy Bear. Like those books it is a delight to read. The text is simple and it rhymes, which is always appealing to youngsters. The illustrations are open and engaging. I am a fan of Nick Bland and this is a worthy addition to his bear series.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 June 2012

Format: Hardback 24 pages

Categories: Animals

ISBN 13: 9781742831701

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Aussie Christmas Books

It’s that time of year and I get asked for these titles all the time, so here they are.

An Aussie Night Before Christmas – Yvonne Morrison/Kilmeny Niland

An Aussie Day Before Christmas – Kilmeny Niland

Santa’s Aussie Holiday – Maria Farrer/Anna Walker

Six White Boomers – Rolf Harris/Bruce Whatley

Aussie Jingle Bells – Colin Buchanan/Nick Bland

Fair Dinkum Aussie Christmas – Colin Buchanan/Kilmeny Niland

Bob Monster Interviews Cranky Bear

Because I love the Nick Bland books, and because I feel now is a good time to have a few light and easy entries, here is a fun little clip and an introduction to The Cranky Bear ebook.

Interactive kids books, honestly not sure how I feel about them, kids already often have trouble with their attention spans and too many interactive books may mean it will be more difficult to get younger readers to embrace books that simply are a story with no animation.

The Aunties Three

By: Nick Bland

Get dressed, tidy up, remember your manners. No burping, farting, sniffling or sneezing. It is time to be on your best behaviour. The Aunties Three are at the door, it’s time for them to visit. Open it and let them in if you dare.

This is a delightful story from the wonderful Nick Bland. Three children prepare themselves for a visit from some not so well liked relatives. The visit is obviously not a good thing and though they try, things really just don’t got right.

A truly fun, and yes quite silly read. As always the text is engaging (I do like a bit of burp and fart humour), the pictures captivating. It is always a real pleasure to open up a book by Nick Bland and jump right in.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 May 2011

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Humour

ISBN 13: 9781741697919

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Some Dads

By: Nick Bland

Dads all over are very different, that is what this book celebrates.

Nick Bland’s humour is on display in this wonderful celebration of fatherhood.

The text is simple and the illustrations absolutely adorable. This is a wonderful idea for Father’s day or any day really in which you want to enjoy the bond between father and child. If my kids were younger this is the sort of book I would love to share with them. Best suited to really young children.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 August 2011

Format: Hardback 24 pages

Categories: Family

ISBN 13: 9781741697933

Purchase: here or use logo on side of page to go to Booktopia

The Wrong Book

By: Nick Bland

Nicholas Ickle wants to tell you all about this book. Unfortunately things keep turning up that have nothing to do with this book. Monsters, elephants, pirates, queens and more keep appearing and poor Nicholas gets more and more frustrated, especially as no-one seems to be listening to him.

‘What are you doing here? You’re in the wrong book!’

Nick Bland delivers a fun nonsense book. It is a joy to read. The simple text makes it easy for the very young to understand and lends itself to great expression when reading it out loud. Simple, silly fun is sometimes the perfect thing for the moment.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 11 July 2009

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Storybooks

ISBN 13: 9781741693416

Purchase: here or use logo on side of page to go to Booktopia

A Monster Wrote Me A Letter

By: Nick Bland

A boy gets a letter from a monster and he’s not sure what to do. He wonders if the monster is scary, or if he comes what happens if he won’t go away. The boy decides to meet the monster and does what he think he has to do to make the monster feel at home.

The simple rhyming text is coupled with black and white illustrations that are whimsically highlighted with touches of colour. This is a wonderful and funny story about what happens when a boy and a monster meet.


Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 September 2006

Format: Paperback

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9781865046112

Purchase: here

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