What a week for awards! Every time I logged onto Facebook this week, one of my friends or colleagues had been nominated for one award or another. KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards); YABBA (The Young Australians Best Book Awards); CBCA (Children's Book Council Of Australia) awards -it was all just too exciting! I pinch myself when I attend my local CBCA sub-branch meetings, at the wonderful authors and illustrators (not to mention librarians, publishers and booksellers) that I rub shoulders with! A special shout out to Lesley Gibbs for making the CBCA shortlist for her first ever published book -Scary Night.
However, the nomination that had me most excited was a notable mention in the CBCA list for information books - Emily Eases her Wheezes. You may remember that my last blog was about attending the launch for this book, and how the illustrator is the uber talented Leigh Hedstrom, who also illustrated my When I See Grandma. I am just so thrilled for Leigh, author Katrina Roe and publisher Wombat Books for this honour.
It was also really gratifying to see some of the books I have loved and reviewed for The CBCA's Reading Time Online and Creative Kids Tales Website among those mentioned. See my review of The Amazing A to Z Thing here (notable book CBCA); The 52 Story Treehouse here (Shortlist for KOALA). To see the full list of awards, follow the links below.
Awards are a great way for the public to find out about some really excellent books and make easy displays for bookshops and libraries, but it's also important to remember that there are some equally wonderful books that struggle to see the light of day on the bookshop or library shelf. Stay tuned for my next post - how to find the gem that's just right for you.