Book of the Year Award: 2014 winners

The 2014 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards have been announced!

The winners and honour books are listed for each category on the CBCA’s national website.  The Crichton Award for New Illustrators was won by Graham Byrne for Big Red Kangaroo (text by Claire Saxby).

If you’re on Facebook, you can also visit the CBCA Facebook group for news.

Let the Children’s Book Week celebrations begin!

Book Week logo by Ron Brooks

Upcoming book launches!

10 Clumsy Emus

10 Clumsy Emus by Ed Allen, illustrated by Wendy Binks

You are invited to the WA launch of 10 Clumsy Emus (Scholastic) — illustrated by WA’s marvellous Wendy Binks.

When: 5pm, Saturday 9th August 2014
Where: at The Wine Tree boutique winery, Holyoake Rd, Dwellingup. (75 min from Perth).

All welcome; no RSVP required.

the running horses

The Running Horses by Den L Scheer

You are invited to the official launch of The Running Horses by Den L. Scheer.

When: 6–8pm, Thursday, 14 August 2014
Where: St Catherine’s College, UWA
RSVP: by 11 August 2014 to denlscheer22[at] Limited places!

Books will be for sale at a discounted rate of $19.99 (RRP $24.99). Free food and wine supplied.

Parking available at the venue.

The Last Viking Returns

The Last Viking Returns by Norman Jorgensen, illustrated by James Foley

Bring your littlest Vikings to help celebrate the launch of The Last Viking Returns. To be launched by Mrs Tonya McCusker.

When: 6pm for a 6.30pm start, Wed 10 September 2014
Where: The Place (at the State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre).

RSVP:  by 5 September to 9430 6331.
Dress code: leather, sheepskin and horned helmets. You may be asked to leave your weaponry at the door.

CBCA Book of the Year Award 2014 SHORTLIST

This year’s CBCA Book of the Year short list has been announced. You can check out the shortlisted books on the CBCA website.

Make sure you also check out the notables, too — these are wonderful books. And last, but not least, don’t forget to check out the Crichton Award for New Illustrators short list.

Facebook users — avoid site congestion by going to and for Twitter users, you can go to .

The winners will be announced on 15 August 2013 just prior to Children’s Book Week. This year’s theme is Connect to reading.

Book Launch + Illustration Exhibition

Here in the Garden (cover)

Join the celebrations when Norman Jorgensen launches Briony Stewart‘s new picture book Here in the Garden — a tender tale about loss, love and friendship.

The launch will also kick-off a 5-week exhibition of all Briony’s original draft-work and artwork from the book PLUS an installation activity will be run with children throughout the school holidays.

WHERE: State Library of WA, Francis St at the Cultural Centre, Northbridge.

WHEN: 6pm, Wednesday 9 April 2014

RSVP: by 1 April via email (briony.stewart[at] or via Facebook.

Annie’s Snails Book Launch!


Dianne Wolfer, Gabriel Evans and Walker Books invite you to help celebrate the launch of Annie's Snails - a chapter book for emerging readers. WHERE: The Literature Centre, cnr knutsford St & Hampton Rd, Fremantle. WHEN: Mon April 7th 5.30pm for 6pm start. RSVP: or ph 94306869Come along for the launch of Annie’s Snails by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Gabriel Evans.

WHERE: The Literature Centre, Cnr Knutsford St & Hampton Rd, Fremantle

WHEN: Mon April 7th 2014, 5.30pm for 6pm start

RSVP: info[at] or ph 9430 6869

The centre has its own entrance gate in the prison wall. Parking in Parry St carpark.

A Night With Our Stars 2014

Take a balmy summer evening in Perth, add a good measure of children’s and YA book authors and illustrators (each with time to speed-talk about their 2013 titles), mix well in the Westbooks store with teachers, librarians, publishers and readers — and there you have it! A Night With Our Stars. Eleven years, and still going strong …

(Here’s a wrap-up of the evening, in pictures!)

Ruth and Jan

elaine gay muriel

Jean and Gail


Peter Williams Murial Barwell

Natasha Chris Nixon

chloe aniek ... horse

Nola and Denise




Andy Flegg