Book of the Year winners announced 2023

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

Jetty Jumping

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

Decodable Books

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.

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