Children’s Book Council of Australia 2013 short list

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Hitting the book shop in search of the very best titles for children? Start here.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2013 shortlist has just been announced and it’s a star-studded line-up, with lots of Australia’s most well-known children’s authors nominated. There are books about animals – expect frogs, horses, elephants and hens – and books about adventures, trees, suitcases and music lovers.

The CBCA awards include categories for older readers, younger readers, non-fiction books and more. You can see all of the nominations here but we’ll be checking out the six nominations for best picture book and the six nominations for best early childhood titles for 2013.

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In the Picture Book category the nominations include titles from much loved authors – Tanglewood by Margaret Wild; Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester; Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon; A Day to Remember by Jackie French; The Coat by Julie Hunt; and Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard. It’s not nice to play favourites but I did really, really love Herman and Rosie.

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There’s plenty of well-known authors in the category for Early Childhood as well. Start with Anna Walker’s gorgeous story about a curious hen in Peggy. Continue the animal theme with Ursula Dubosarsky’s riotous romp with Too Many Elephants in This House and Sue DeGennaro’s The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog.

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We’ve reviewed a number of books by Freya Blackwood previously on Babyolgy (most recently The Treasure Box) but this year she has teamed with author Emma Allen to produce a charming story about being different in The Terrible Suitcase.

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Find out if the tooth fairy visits the Australian outback in Christine Harris’s It’s a Miroocool! and experience a bit more of the Aussie bush through the eyes of Nan in Tania Cox’s With Nan.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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