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In the last edition of Spirit we discussed the Picture Book Category for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards. The Younger Reader category includes books for independent readers. This category age range can include fiction, poetry or drama for students in Junior and Middle School.

Two of the most popular Australian authors in this category at present, include Morris Gleitzman and Andy Griffiths. The popularity of the Storey Treehouse series has been phenomenal as Griffiths, and his illustrator friend, Terry Denton, tap into every child’s imagination. Although it did not make the short list this year, 65 Storey Treehouse was included in the notable book list. Books in this category show great variety; while some rely on humour, others invite readers on journeys of self discovery.

Some of our recent favourites in this age range include:

  • “The forgotten pearl” Belinda Murrell (Age 9 -13 )
  • “Out of my mind” by Sharon Draper ( Age 10 – 14)
  • “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool (Age 10 +)
  • “Family with two front doors” by Anna Ciddor ( Age 8-12)
  • “Wicked’s way” by Anna Feinberg (Age 8 -12)

The short listed books for this category this year include:

  • “The Cleo Stories 2 : A Friend and a pet ” by Libby Gleeson (Age 5-8)
  • “Soon” by Morris Gleitzman (Age 12-15)
  • “Run, Pip, Run” by J C Jones (Age 10 – 12)
  • “Sister Heart” by Sally Morgan (Age 9 -12 )
  • “Moly and Pim” by Martine Murray (Age 9-12)
  • “Shadows of the Master” Emily Rodda (Age 10 -14)

Mrs Leesa Merifield, Head of Learning (Information Literacy & Middle Years Academic Progression) and Mrs Kym Oestreich, Teacher Librarian Early and Junior Years


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