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Dreaming Soldiers wins Speech Pathology Book of the Year – Indigenous Category.

November 01, 2019

The team at Big Sky Publishing are thrilled to announce that Dreaming Soldiers by the talented author and illustrator duo of Catherine Bauer and Shane McGrath, has won Speech Pathology Australia’s 2019 Book of the Year Award in the Indigenous Children’s category.

Chosen from shortlists the winning titles across the categories are:

  • Three to five years: Tricky’s Bad Day (Alison Lester, Affirm Press)
  • Five to eight years: The Oo in Uluru (Judith Barker & Janie Frith, Little Steps Publishing)
  • Eight to 10 years:  The Dog with Seven Names (Diane Wolfer, Random House)   Also shortlisted was BSP title Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy # 7 – The Runaway (Jane Smith & Pat Kan)

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Author of Dreaming Soldiers, Catherine Bauer said, ‘I feel deeply honoured to have received this award and to know that SPA and the judges consider the story of Australia’s Aboriginal and Indigenous service personnel worthy of sharing with all Australian children. In a world where there is always so much change in relation to communications tools and technology, sometimes making this most basic of interactions less personal and authentic, it seems that books and reading remain one constant.

“There is nothing like reading aloud with a child, the connection and interaction is deep and genuine. Communication is vital to every relationship and interaction and I commend the dedicated work of SPA and speech pathologists in ensuring that children and adults are supported in improving their ability to communicate and relate to others.’

Illustrator Shane McGrath was equally as moved, ‘I am very honoured to be recognised for my illustrations in Dreaming Soldiers. I treat the creative work I do in visual communication and education as very important, having vivid memories of the profound impact picture books and illustration had on me as a child. If my work assists in the important work speech pathologists do, then I am very proud.’

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards ‘promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life’.

The books are judged on their ‘appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development’. Selected by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development, winning this award is an awesome achievement, as is being shortlisted!

Well done to our shortlisted creators and huge congratulations to Catherine Bauer and Shane McGrath and our award shortlisted authors and illustrators – Tommy Bell Bushranger Series, The Runaway by Jane Smith, Pat Kan and Reece Give Me Some Peace by Sonia Bestulic and Nancy Bevington.

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