2012 Book of the Year Award Winners

While at the library for Rhyme Time yesterday morning, I picked up a copy of  The 2012 Book of the Year Award Winners. Congratulations to all the fantastic authors and illustrators. They must be so pleased that all their hard work and effort has paid off.

There’s way too many to list them all but here’s a few favourites that the librarian and I liked:

Book of the Year:  Early Childhood

They Runaway Hug by Nick Blank, illustrated by Freya Blackwood (have put this one on reserve)

Honour Books:  Early Childhood

Come Down, Cat!  by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (I really liked this story and the beautiful illustrations)

That’s Not a Daffodil!  by Elizabeth Honey  (put this on reserve too)

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Crow Country by Kate Constable

Honour Books:  Younger Readers

Nanberry:  Black Brother White by Jackie French

The Truth about Verity Sparks by Susan Green

Picture Book of the Year

A Bus called Heaven by Bob Graham (on reserve!)

Honour Books: Picture Book of the Year

The Dream of the Thylacine – Ron Brooks, text by Margaret Wild

Flood – Bruce Whatley, text by Jackie French ( I was able to borrow this one)

“Flood” is the heart-rending story of the 2011 Brisbane floods.  The river rose up into the streets destroying houses, shops and even boardwalks.  Tens of thousands of strangers offered shelter, food and clothing.  They banded together to sandbag, clean roads and houses and provide fresh water and food.

Bruce Whatley’s emotional illustrations enhance the story.  He used acrylic wash with pencil on paper and painted vertically so that the paint ran, giving the effect of wetness.

On the back cover of the book I read that, “Profits from the sales of this book will be donated to the QLD Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.”

Until my next post I will look forward to receiving an email from the library saying that the other books have been returned.

Do you have a favourite Book of the Year Award Winner?


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