Exploring the 2014 CBCA Short List

The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

Classroom units of work with Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus links across the prize categories of Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Book of The Year: Older Readers* and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators.

* Note that while all titles are listed in the Older Readers category, PETAA felt that only one title was considered suitable for Primary use, resulting in just one classroom unit, which also comes with a note on strong language and the need for teacher discretion .

Younger Readers

Early Childhood

Picture Books

Information Books

Older Readers


Light Horse Boy

Book cover in green with boy on horseback

Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds
Years 6–8 | Sample unit


Granny Grommet and Me


Book cover showing granny with her surfboard, grandson and dog

Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair
Years F–2 |  Sample unit


Silver Buttons


Book cover with two young children playing

Bob Graham
Years 3–5  |  Sample unit


Yoko's Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima during WWII
Book cover with a young girl and cherry blossom

Editor Paul Ham
Years 5 and 6 | Sample unit


The Sky so Heavy

Book cover with a group of four people under a dark cloudy sky

Claire Zorn
Years 7 and 8  |  Sample unit

Categories form left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Book cover showing a girl with red hair and a cat

Julie Hunt
Years 6–8 | Unit


Kissed by the Moon


Book cover with a purple night sky and yellow full moon
Alison Lester
Years F and 1 |  Unit


Rules of Summer


Rules of Summer cover linked to unit of work for members
Shaun Tan
Years 5 and 6  |  Unit


Welcome to My Country

Book cover with two girls at the beach


Laklak Burarrwanga and Family
Year 5 and 6  |  Unit


Life in Outer Space

Book cover with title floating in space

Melissa Keil
Hardie Grant Egmont | Young Adult

Categories from left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers

Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend
Book cover featuring title and protagonist (Violet Mackerel)


Anna Branford and Sarah Davis
  Years 2–4 | Unit


The Swap

The Swap book cover linked to unit of work

Jan Ormerond and Andrew Joyner
Years F–1  |  Unit


The Treasure Box

Book cover showing a seated figure under a tree in wind

Freya Blackwood and Margaret Wild
Years 4–6 |  Unit


Jandamarra

Book cover featuring a young man on horseback

Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton
Years 5 and 6  |  Unit


The First Third

Illustated book cover


Will Kostakis
Penguin Books  |  Young Adult

Categories from left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers

My Life as an Alphabet

Book cover showing a girl with sunglasses

Barry Jonsberg
Years 6–8 |  Unit


Baby Bedtime

Cover with an elephant and baby

Mem Fox and Emma Quay
Foundation  |  Unit


King Pig

Book cover with a royal pig

Nick Bland
  Years 1 and 2  |  Unit


Jeremy

Jeremy book cover linked to unit of work


Christopher Faille and  Danny Snell
Years F–2  |  Unit


Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Cover featuring a girl in a meadow holding a rabbit

Allyse Near
Random House  |  Young Adult

Categories form left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers

City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit

A Very Unusual Pursuit book cover linked to unit of work

Catherine Jinks
Years 6–8  |  Unit


Banjo and Ruby Red


Book cover with a dog (Banjo) and a hen (Ruby) looking at one another
Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood
Years F–1  |   Unit


Parachute


Book cover showing a platform in a tall tree

Matt Ottley and Danny Parker
Years 4 and 5  |  Unit


Ice, Wind, Rock: Douglas Mawson in the Antarctic

Book cover depicting a man in the Antarctic

Peter Gouldthorpe
Years 5 and 6  |  Unit


Wildlife

Wildlife book cover linked to publisher's page and teaching resources


Fiona Wood
Pan Macmillan  |  Young Adult

Categories from left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers




Exploring the 2014 CBCA Short List


Rich learning in a collection with activities for students from Foundation to Year 8 that cover 160 content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: English with links to Art, Geography, History, Mathematics and Science.

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur


Cover featuring Dinosaur on the ground getting dirty under title
Janeen Brian and Ann James
Foundation  |  Unit


The Windy Farm

Book cover with animals amidst a wind storm
Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith
Years 2 and 3  |  Unit


Meet Captain Cook

Book cover with cartoon depiction of Captain Cook looking through a telescope

Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon
Years 3 and 4  |  Unit


The Incredible Here and Now

Book cover with a young man's gaze from within a car

Felicity Castagna
Giramondo  |  Young Adult

Categories from left to right: Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Picture Books; Information Books; Older Readers

The Crichton Award for New Illustrators — Short List 2014



The Bloodhound Boys

Book cover with a group of characters on the run and blood drips

Andrew Cranna
Years 5 and 6  |   Unit


I've an Uncle Ivan

Book cover with a van with 'Ivan's Pies'

Ben Sanders
Years F–1  |  Unit


The Nerdy Birdy

Book cover featuring the bird with spectacles
David Snowdon and Danielle Wheeldon
Years 2 and 3  |  Unit


Big Red Kangaroo

Big Red Kangaroo book cover linked to unit of work

Graham Byrne and Claire Saxby
Years 2–4  |  Unit

Note that titles in the Younger Readers category above are suitable for older readers (Years 6–8).

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Younger Readers

Early Childhood

Picture Books

Information Books

Older Readers