Book of the Year Awards 2018

Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts its Book of the Year Awards.

The winning books in 2018 

The winning books in the Book of the Year’s five categories were announced on Friday, 9 November 2018 at a ceremony at the State Library of Victoria. The winners in the five categories in are:

  • Indigenous children: Sorry Day by Coral Vass (Illustrations by Dub Leffler)
  • Birth to 3 years: Heads and Tails by by John Canty (Illustrations by John Canty)
  • Three to 5 years: Rodney Loses It! Written by Michael Gerard Bauer (Illustrations by Chrissie Krebs)
  • Five to 8 years: Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream  by Max Landrak (Illustrations by Max Landrak)
  • Eight to 10 years: The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan.

At the same ceremony, Morris Gleitzman, author and Australian Children’s Laureate, was presented with the Association’s “Children’s Language and Literature Award” and, as a result, inducted into the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Hall of Fame.

Download the Book of the Year 2018 poster 

Shortlisted books 2018

View a list of the books shortlisted in each of the five categories

Literacy

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.

Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. Learn more about the selection criteria for the Book of the Year Awards .

Why a book award?

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 of 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; and
  • encourage a love of reading.

Past Winners

Past winners of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards include Mem Fox, Graeme Base, and Morris Gleitzman. Who else has won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards?

Hall of Fame Award

A Hall of Fame Award (‘Children’s Language and Literature Award’) is awarded to an outstanding candidate who has made a significant and sustained contribution to Australian children’s language and literature.

A children’s author may be nominated if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • The author is Australian or resides permanently in Australia
  • The author has published a significant number of books for children over a 10-year or longer period
  • The books published by this author are, or have been, readily available in Australia
  • The books published by this author must facilitate interaction and communication
  • The books published by this author have quality graphics, design and production.

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Previous Book of the Years

For information about the Book of the Year Awards in past years, contact the Association.

No Bars on Books

No Bars on Books was a very successful award winning book drive conducted by Speech Pathology Australia’s Tasmania Branch in 2015. With the support of the local community, speech pathologists collected community donations of new and second-hand books to help restock the local prison’s existing Books-on-CD program.

In the Books-on-CD program, incarcerated parents are supported to record themselves reading a book, and then both the book and recording are given to their children. It is a program which has an evidence-base showing effective support for the maintenance of family connectedness during a term of incarceration.

While the No Bars on Books Facebook page continues to receive likes and members of the community continue to donate books; local charity, Chatter Matters Tasmania, will continue to distribute the books into the prison. For further information contact No Bars on Books.