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Book of the Year Awards 2021 winners announced

Book of the Year Awards 2021 winners announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the 2021 winners of the Book of the Year Awards. The Awards were first established in 1946 and seek to promote children’s literacy and artistry.

The Awards recognise and celebrate writers and illustrators across six different categories. This year more than 500 original entries were received, making the selection process difficult for the panel of judges.

2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the awards and in light of this remarkable milestone CBCA Chair Wendt Rappe emphasised the importance of these awards, stating “Our children’s imaginations, their wellbeing, their knowledge of the world around them, and their connections to each other have flourished because of these stories.”

Watch this years ceremony below:

 

Check out the winners for the following six categories:

OLDER READERS

The End of the World is Bigger than Love, Davina Bell (Text Publishing)

YOUNG READERS

Aster’s Good, Right Things, Kate Gordon (Riveted Press)

EARLY CHILDHOOD

No! Never!, Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman & illus. Mel Pearce (Hachette Australia)

PICTURE BOOK

How to Make a Bird, Matt Ottley & text by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)

EVE POWNALL

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu, Pamela Freeman & illus. by Liz Anelli (Walker Books Australia)

NEW ILLUSTRATOR

This Small Blue Dot, Zeno Sworder (Thames & Hudson Australia)