Saturday 21 May 2016

CBCA Shortlist 2016

I know I say this every year, but how can it be a whole year since the last CBCA Shortlist?

My aim, as usual, is to read as many of them as possible before the winners are announced in August.
Will you be joining me?

Book of the Year - Picture Book

My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen ill. James Foley
Ride, Ricardo, Ride by Phil Cummins ill. Shane Devries

Book of the Year - Early Childhood

The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson ill. Laura Wood

Book of the Year - Younger Readers 

Run, Pip, Run by J. C. Jones
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
Star of Deltora #1 Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda

Book of the Year - Older Readers

Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson
Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
The Flywheel by Erin Gough
The Pause by John Larkin

Eve Pownall Award for Information Book

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony by Stephanie Owen Reeder
The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe
We Are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Up Eureka by Fiona Wright
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs by Robyn Siers

 Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration (debut illustrator)

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade by Davina Bell ill. Allison Colpoys
My Gallipoli by Ruth Starke ill. Robert Hannaford 
Fish Jam by Kylie Howarth
Meet Weary Dunlop by Claire Saxby ill. Jeremy Lord

Sadly, Gillian Mears died at age 51 earlier this week after living with MS for 17 years.
Her wonderfully sweet story, The Cat With the Coloured Tail is now made all the more poignant.


  1. The Shortlist announcement is always an exciting time. I'll be trying to read as many as I can too, although it's always a challenge for me to get through many. It'll be another few months of exciting reading ahead.

    1. What I love about these shortlists, is how it makes me read books I probable wouldn't get to otherwise. I've just finished A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay - it's a fabulous read, a great story with a wonderful protagonist. It certainly deserves it's place on the shortlist.


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