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.