Book of the Year Awards 2012

The 2012 Short List was announced on April 3rd with the winners to be announced on Friday 17th of August. 
The announcement of the winning title will be made before Children’s Book Week which runs from Saturday18th – Friday 24th August. 

The Theme for this years book week is "Champions Read"

For more information on the awards and book week visit the Children's book council of Australia.

Links, reviews and things to do


Click on the image above to visit the book images on my Pinterest page for this year's shortlisted titles.

I am currently  in the process of compiling a Review for the shortlist. It will be available for downloading in pdf shortly. Watch this space!

Rudie Nudie :- Lot's to do here including a look at the book, jigsaw and view the YouTube Trailer.

Look, A BOOK! :- Read a trailer, do a jigsaw plus more.                                                Find the hidden objects:- Brotherband Chronicles Game

Anh, Do talks about his families story and why he decided to write the book :- Ninemsn

The Book Chook: Reading :- A number of literature based activities and links for the 2012 Children book of the year awards.

Mrs Mac's Library - Champion's Read :- A fantastic site with links to reviews, activities and pdf files for various activities related to the "Champions Read" theme. 

Book of the Year Younger Readers 




Crow Country

Teachers' notes by Fran Knight

Constable, Kate

Allen & Unwin

Brotherband: The Outcasts

Teaching Support Kit

Flanagan, John 
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Random House 

Nanberry: Black Brother White

Teachers notes by Robyn Sheahan-Bright

French, Jackie

Angus & Robertson; Harper Collins Publishers

The Truth About Verity Sparks

Classroom Ideas by Jenny Wood

Green, Susan

Walker Books, Australia


Teachers' Notes by Kate Rowe

Rodda, Emily Ill. Craig Smith 

Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia

The Golden Door

Teachers' Notes by Kate Rowe

Rodda, Emily

Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia

Book of the Year: Early Childhood




The Runaway Hug

Teacher notes and Activities

Bland, Nick Ill. Freya Blackwood 

Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Come Down, Cat!

Reading Notes by Jean Yates

Hartnett, Sonya Ill. Lucia Masciullo 

Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)

That’s Not a Daffodil!
Teacher notes and Activities

Honey, Elizabeth            

Allen & Unwin

The Last Viking

Teaching notes

Jorgensen, Norman Ill. James Foley

Fremantle Press

No Bears

Classroom Ideas

No Bears colouring sheet

McKinlay, Meg Ill. Leila Rudge

Walker Books Australia

Rudie Nudie

Quay, Emma

ABC Books, HarperCollins

Picture Book of the Year




Look, a Book!

Teacher notes and activities

Blackwood, Freya Text Libby Gleeson 

Little Hare Books,  Hardie Grant Egmont

The Dream of the Thylacine

In the classroom

Teachers notes

Teachers reviews


Brooks, Ron Text Margaret Wild

Allen & Unwin

For All Creatures

Classroom Ideas

Cool, Rebecca Text Glenda Millard

Walker Books Australia 

A bus called Heaven

Classroom Ideas

Graham, Bob

Ten terrifying questions

Walker Books

No Bears

Rudge, Leila Text Meg McKinlay

Walker Books Australia 


Teachers Notes

Whatley, Bruce Text Jackie French 

Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books




The Little Refugee

Teachers Notes by Dr Robyn Sheahan Bright

Do, Anh & Do, Suzanne

Ill. Bruce Whatley

Allen & Unwin

One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island

Teachers' notes by Dr Pam Macintyre

Lester, Alison &
Tulloch, Coral

The story of our book

Penguin Group (Australia)

Surrealism for Kids

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery/

Gallery of Modern Art

Bilby Secrets

Classroom Ideas

Teachers' Notes

Wignell, Edel Ill. Mark Jackson

Walker Books Australia

Fromelles: Australia's Bloodiest Day at War 

Teacher Notes

Wilkinson, Carole

Black Dog Books 


Teachers Notes

Wheatley, Nadia (Ed) Ill. Ken Searle

Allen & Unwin