The countdown for the Speech Pathology Australia ‘Book of the Year’ awards has begun. The team at Big Sky Publishing are thrilled that three of our titles have been shortlisted across three categories. A big congratulations to the shortlisted authors, illustrators and the behind-the scenes teams! We are proud of you all. Winners will be announced on Friday 1 November 2019.
The awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life. Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development”. Reaching the shortlist is a fabulous achievement and a testament to the quality of these titles for our young readers!
INDIGENOUS CHILDREN CATEGORY:
Dreaming Soldiers by Catherine Bauer, illustrated by Shane McGrath
A touching friendship story of two Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who do everything together on an Outback station and later on WWI battlefields. With subtle Dreaming themes, the simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service of Australian veterans and highlight the important contribution of Indigenous soldiers. Great for reconciliation!
BIRTH TO THREE YEARS CATEGORY:
Reece Give Me Some Peace by Sonia Bestulic, illustrated by Nancy Bevington
Sonia is a dedicated language and speech pathologist whose interest in literacy development absolutely shines in this fabulous title and in her recent blog. Loaded with rhyme, action and loads of musical and very loud fun! Nancy’s illustrations are engaging and full of energy. What a team!
EIGHT TO 10 YEARS CATEGORY:
Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy, The Runaway by Jane Smith, illustrated by Pat Kan
Bushrangers and timeslip – a great combination in this fabulous series designed for independent readers and those who are a little reluctant. Loads of illustrations support the text. Jane and Pat have had previous recognition with the first book in the Tommy Bell series ‘Shoot-out at the Rock’ a “CBCA Book of the Year Awards – 2017 Notable”! Well done!