Speech Pathology Australia is thrilled to announce the winners of this year's highly anticipated Book of the Year Awards, honouring exemplary children’s books that promote language and literacy development. The awards recognise the valuable contributions of authors and illustrators in fostering a love for reading and literacy development and the role that speech pathologists play.
The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life.
From the more than 300 books nominated in 2023, the best books in 2023 for children’s language and literacy development are:
Birth to 3 Years
Written & illustrated by Anna Walker
Three to 5 Years
Come over to my house
Written by Eliza Hull & Sally Rippin
Illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett
Five to 8 Years
Written by Andrea Rowe
Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville
Eight to 10 Years
Evie and Rhino
Written by Neridah McMullin
Illustrated by Astred Hicks
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award
Ceremony: Welcome to our country
Written by Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing
Illustrated by David Hardy
Little Learners Big World Series
Published by Little Learners Love Literacy
Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers. And, a big thank you to our fabulous judges for finding the best books for children's language and literacy.