Give the gift of literature

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Here are three ideas for giving the gift of literature this Christmas:

Books are always the perfect gift

Books can be enjoyed again and again and make lasting keepsakes. Below is a list of the 2017 Book of the Year Award Winner and Honour Books and a link to the Short List for some inspiration:

Book of the Year: Older Readers

  • Winner – One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn
  • Honours – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Honours – The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

  • Winner – Rockhopping by Trace Balla
  • Honours – Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
  • Honours – Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol Temple (illustrations by Jon Foye)

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

  • Winner – Go Home, Cheeky Animals! By Johanna Bell (illusrations by Dion Beasley)
  • Honours – Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan
  • Honours – Gary by Leila Rudge

Picture Book of the Year

  • Winner – Home in the Rain by Bob Graham
  • Honours – Mechanica by Lance Balchin
  • Honours – The Patchwork Bike by Van T Rudd (text by Maxine Beneba Clarke)

The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Winner – Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina M Newton
  • Honours – A-Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins
  • Honours – The Gigantic Book of Genes by Lorna Hendry

2017 Short List

Donate to the CBCA

Please consider donating to the CBCA to help us continue our work of:

  • Promoting quality literature to young Australians through the Book of The Year Awards and CBCA Children's Book Week activities
  • Supporting Australian writers and illustrators of children's books through the national awards for the best Australian children’s books and contributions to children's literature
  • Funding education and research programs
  • Supporting the promotion of literature and literacy nationally through CBCA's events program
  • Promoting greater equity of access to reading through community projects

You can make a donation via our website here.

Gifts for lovers of children’s literature and beautiful illustrations

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