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Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Awards 2011 - Shortlisted
03 Jun 2011

Young Children

A Giraffe in the Bath by Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson

Jojo Goes to Playgroup by Christina Miesen

It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland

I Found a Friend by Beth Norling

Leo the Littlest Seahorse by Margaret Wild

Love from Grandma by Jane Tanner

Lower Primary

The Boy and the Toy by Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo

Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner

Upper Primary

Harriet Bright: The Star You Are by Claire Craig

NOW by Morris Gleitzman

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Book Cover: A Giraffe in the Bath

A giraffe in the bath - does that make you laugh? Or a frog in the flour? Or a sheep in the shower? An owl with the flu? Or a roo on the loo? A crocodile with style - does that make you smile ?

What makes you laugh? This very funny picture book suggests increasingly silly and hilarious possibilities. Lots of fun for every reader, with wonderful, giggle-inducing illustrations by Kerry Argent.

A giraffe in the bath - does that make you laugh? Or a frog in the flour? Or a sheep in the shower? An owl with the flu? Or a roo on the loo? A crocodile with style - does that make you smile ?

What makes...

Published: 29/03/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670072132
Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
Book Cover: The Boy and the Toy
Best-selling author Sonya Hartnett writes a beautiful children's fable about love and acceptance, suitable for children 4 and older.
Best-selling author Sonya Hartnett writes a beautiful children's fable about love and acceptance, suitable for children 4 and older.
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670073627
Book Cover:  Boris Gets a Lizard
Boris loves pets! He already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favourite animal, a Komodo dragon - the biggest lizard in the world!
Boris loves pets! He already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favourite animal, a Komodo dragon - the biggest lizard in the world!
Published: 28/02/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143305033
2011 Galley Club Awards - Shortlisted
31 May 2011

Category 1 - sheetfed case bound book with RRP under $25:
The A-Z of Unfortunate Dogs; Production by Carmen De La Rue; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by 1010 Printing

Category 2 - sheetfed case bound book with RRP under $50:
Shack; Production by Tracey Jarrett; Published by Penguin Books Australia; Printed by 1010 Printing
What on Earth Are You Wearing?; Production by Tracey Jarrett; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by 1010 Printing

Category 3 - sheetfed case bound book with RRP over $50:
It Tastes Better; Production by Tracey Jarrett; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by 1010 Printing
Salades; Production by Elena Cementon; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by 1010 Printing

Category 7 - sheetfed limited editon book, no price limit:
How to Make Gravy Special Edition; Production by Elena Cementon; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by 1010 Printing

Category 8 - webfed mono/duotone/4c book, case bound, no price limit:
How to Make Gravy (Paul Kelly); Production by Elena Cementon; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by McPherson's Printing Group
Reading by Moonlight; Production by Elena Cementon; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by McPherson's Printing Group
The Red Wind: The Kingdom of the Lost (Book 1); Production by Marisa Bailey; Published by Penguin Group (Australia); Printed by McPherson's Printing Group

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, July 22, in Sydney.

For more information visit the Galley Club website

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Book Cover:  Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon
In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.
In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.
Published: 25/10/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781920989125
Book Cover:  Salades
Acclaimed chef Damien Pignolet shows us the endless possibilities of the salad.
Acclaimed chef Damien Pignolet shows us the endless possibilities of the salad.
Published: 30/08/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781920989552
Book Cover:  How to Make Gravy Special Edition
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
Published: 29/09/2010
Format:
ISBN: 9781926428260
Book Cover:  How to Make Gravy
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
Published: 21/09/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428222
Book Cover:  Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205227
2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards - shortlisted
26 May 2011

Non-Fiction

How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly

The Party: 1.3 billion people, 1 secret regime by Richard McGregor

Young Adult Fiction

The Three Loves of Persimmon by Cassandra Golds

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

Children's Fiction

Now by Morris Gleitzman

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Book Cover:  How to Make Gravy
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. Buy the App
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428277
Book Cover: The Three Loves of Persimmon
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature.
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature.
Published: 25/08/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205012
Book Cover: The Piper's Son
Shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature. Longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature. Longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Published: 01/03/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074235
Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
2011 Kibble Literary Award - shortlisted
23 May 2011

Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker

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Book Cover:  Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205227
2010 Aurealis Awards - winner
23 May 2011

Children's Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

The Boy and the Toy, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Related Books

Book Cover: The Boy and the Toy
Best-selling author Sonya Hartnett writes a beautiful children's fable about love and acceptance, suitable for children 4 and older.
Best-selling author Sonya Hartnett writes a beautiful children's fable about love and acceptance, suitable for children 4 and older.
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670073627
Jane Morrow wins Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship
20 May 2011

Lantern editor Jane Morrow is this year’s recipient of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. The announcement was made last night at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

This biannual grant, overseen by the APA, provides funds for an Australian book editor to spend 10 weeks in the US researching an aspect of the publishing industry.

Jane will be looking at trends and processes in the digitisation of illustrated books.

For more information please visit the APA website

59th Annual APA Book Design Awards 2011 - winners
20 May 2011

The Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book sponsored by 1010 Printing International

The Midnight Zoo cover and internal design by Tony Palmer

The Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book - Joint Winner

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors cover and internal design by Adam Laszczuk

The Best Designed General Illustrated Book sponsored by Murdoch Books

Shack cover and internal design by Allison Colpoys

For more details and the full list of winners vist the website

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Book Cover:  Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China
You might call him evil, but when empires are at stake, people do incredible things.
You might call him evil, but when empires are at stake, people do incredible things.
Published: 02/08/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143304340
Book Cover:  Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon
In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.
In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.
Published: 25/10/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781920989125
The Power of One Australian Hero Award 2011 - winner
16 May 2011

Brian Cox wins The Power of One Australian Hero Award 2011

Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Group Australia congratulate Brian Cox, Founder of the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre, on winning the 2011 Power of One Australian Hero Award.

Brian, a recovered alcoholic himself, has spent the past 17 years helping problem drinkers by providing a therapeutic environment which lends growth to individual responsibility and the best of opportunities to recover from alcoholism/dependency. Currently the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre manages 20 beds across 4 houses for men who are recovering from alcohol addiction, and this Award will enable MARC to provide a similar crisis house service for women.

“It would be difficult for me to exaggerate how pleased I am that Brian Cox, who founded the Melbourne Alcoholics Recovery Centre 17 years ago, is the recipient of this year's Power of One Award. Especially as this Award will enable him to extend his program and help women to recover from their addiction. Alcoholism is something most of us have been touched by at some point, and it is Brian and people such as him who should receive the accolades and honours when these are given out. Simply, thank you Brian. I am humbled and honoured to be able, along with my publisher Penguin, to contribute a small part of the help you need. Congratulations, Bryce Courtenay.”

The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the greater good is an inspiration to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiative between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.

2011 National Biography Award - Winner
16 May 2011

Grand Obsessions wins The National Biography Award

Alasdair McGregor has won the 2011 National Biography Award for his critically acclaimed book, Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

The National Biography Award was established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres. The award is administered and presented by the NSW State Library on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Geoffrey Cains and Michael Crouch AO. Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir, the winner receives $20,000 in prize money.

“In a notable year for Australian biography and memoir, Grand Obsessions is as much a book about architecture as it is about two extraordinarily talented people in our history,” said Noelle Nelson, Acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.

On accepting the award, Alasdair McGregor said: "I couldn't think of two more interesting, demanding and endlessly fascinating characters about whom to write."

For more information visit http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/media/

2011 International Book Awards - winner
12 May 2011

Fiction: Historical Fiction

Fields of Gold by Fiona McIntosh

For more information please visit internationalbookawards.com/2011awardannouncement

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