The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced it’s annual Notable Australian Children’s Books and Award Shortlist today and we are delighted to see many of our wonderful Authors and Illustrators on the list.
We thought it might be a good idea to do our own round-up here on the Penguin Teachers’ Corner blog and provide you with all the information and resources you might need to utilise these titles in your classrooms and libraries.
In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today. 2012 Eve Pownall Notable Book, Picture Book of the Year Notable book and Shortlisted Book for the Eve Pownall Award.
From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes this tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most. 2012 Picture Book of the Year Notable book and Shortlisted Book for the 2012 Early Childhood Book of the Year.
Complete with hieroglyphics, sparkling jewels and an ingenious mechanical device built into the back of the book, here is a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world. 2012 Picture Book of the Year Notable book
No matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby. Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon. 2012 Picture Book of the Year and Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable book
Soon Charlie will have a dog of his own, but it won’t be a big, scary dog like Crusher. Who could ever love a dog like that? 2012 Early Childhood Notable Book.
Save ten lives with a paperclip, discover how a big banana can ruin your sister’s holiday, make a new friend with a garbage bin, develop a taste for sheep’s spleen and chips, bounce on a vampire’s bed, rescue your dad from a dog and a spider, use a toilet roll to get justice, upset the neighbours with a pickaxe, eat a pizza that makes you fearless, and imagine a world where teachers earn more money than a rock star. 2012 Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable Book.
Birdie and her dad love being up in the sky in their Tiger Moth, Peggybelle. That is, until a terrible accident makes it a matter of life and death, and Birdie finds herself flying the plane alone! 2012 Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable Book.
Jack’s big brother tom has asked him to go fishing!
But Jack knows you should never go fishing when there are crocs about… 2012 Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable Book.
When the pixies and fairies of the lilac hedge mistake Matilda for royalty, she is drawn into a wondrous world. But evil forces threaten the hedge and its folk, and Matilda must fight to save her new friends. She can’t do it alone, but could it mean losing her sister forever? 2012 Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable Book.
No one does Nothing quite as well as Norman the garden gnome.
But one day his peaceful world is turned upside-down… 2012 Younger Readers Book of the Year Notable Book.
Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece. 2012 Older Readers Book of the Year Shortlist and 2012 Older Readers Notable Book.
Award-winning author Sue Saliba’s lyrical young adult novel about following your heart to the most unexpected and beautiful of places. 2012 Older Readers Notable Book.
Alek and Deryn are aboard the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant, maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath. It can end the war. But whose side is the inventor really on? 2012 Older Readers Notable Book.