Book of the Year Awards

Book of the Year Awards

Our 2024 shortlist is out. Congratulations to the shortlisted publishers, authors and illustrators of the 2024 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

View the shortlist.

Judging is now underway and we'll be announcing the 2024 winners at the end of October.

 
About the Book of the Year Awards

Literacy is based on good oral language skills. 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.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.

The Awards:

  • promote quality Australian children’s literature
  • enhance awareness of the role speech pathologists play in language and literacy development
  • encourage a love of reading.
Categories

Books are awarded as the best book for language and literacy development in the following categories:

  • Age-related award categories
    • Birth to three years
    • Three to five years
    • Five to eight years
    • Eight to 10 years
  • Decodable Book Series Award
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award

Judging criteria

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. View the shortlisting and judging criteria.

Questions

We're here to help. If you have any questions regarding the Awards, contact Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Manager


Previous winners

Discover previous shortlisted and winners of the Book of the Year Awards. 

 
Shortlisted books

View the 2024 list of shortlisted books.  

 
Judging criteria

What makes a book stand out? The guidelines shortlisters and judges use to determine their winning titles.