Exploring the 2013 CBCA Short List

Every year, PETAA creates quality units of work on all primary-age books that are shortlisted for the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. These units are created by literacy experts, using evidence-based pedagogies and are designed with a busy classroom teacher in mind. They incorporate highlighted examples for close reading activities, as well as word recognition, phonic knowledge and spelling, plus a plethora of ways to use the book with your students for speaking, writing and creating. All activities are linked to the Australian Curriculum: English.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
Book cover with a girl by a tree under an umbrella

Glenda Millard
Years 4–6Sample

Pennies for Hitler

 Book cover with a young boy and scenes of the Reichstag, Berlin

Jackie French
Years 5–6 |
  Unit

Other Brother

 Book cover showing a boy holding an envelope behind his back

Simon French
Years 5–6 |
Unit

After

 Book cover with scene of winter trees and snow

Morris Gleitzman
Years 5–6 |
Unit

Pookie Aleera is Not my Boyfriend

 Book cover title on yellow background with an apple core

Steven Herrick
Years 5–6 |
Unit

Children of the King

 Book cover with children

Sonya Hartnett
Years 5–6 |
 Unit

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Peggy

 Book cover with a street scene and umbrellas in the rain

Anna Walker
Years F–1 |
  Unit

The Terrible Suitcase
Book cover with title and a child carrying a suitcase

Emma Allen and Freya Blackwood
Years F–1 |
Unit

With Nan
Book cover showing a child and grandparent

Tania Cox and Karen Blair
Years F–1 |
 Unit

The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog

Book cover with a little girl and a frog

Sue DeGennaro
Years F–1 |
 Unit

Too Many Elephants in This House
Book cover with a boy outside a house full of elephants
Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
Years F–1 |
Unit

It’s a Miroocool!

Book cover with a girl skipping in a field

Christine Harris and Ann James
Years F–1 |
 Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Tanglewood
Book cover with an image of an island and a wave

Vivienne Goodman and Margaret Wild
Years 2–4 |
Unit

Sophie Scott Goes South
Book cover featuring images of orange antarctic vessels on blue background

Alison Lester
Years 2–4 |
Unit

Herman and Rosie

Book cover with title and illustration on a record slip cover

Gordon Gus
Years 2–4 | 
Unit

The Coat
Book cover showing a boy flying among stars

Ron Brooks and Julie Hunt
Years 4–6 |
Unit

Lightning Jack
Book cover with a rearing horse and a red sky
Patricia Mullins and Glenda Millard
Years 3–5 |
Unit

A Day to Remember
Book cover drawing with a man and child in his arms reading names on the Anzac memorial

Mark Wilson and Jackie French
Years 3–5 | 
 Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Portrait of Spain for Kids
Book cover with a woman wearing a gold embroidered costume holding a cameo

Queensland Art Gallery
Years 4–6 |
  Unit

Python

 Book cover showing a python on a branch

Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson
Years 3–4 | 
 Unit

Lyrebird! A True Story
Book cover featuring a lyerbird with its plumage on displa

Jacki Kerin and Peter Gouldthorpe
Years 3–4 |
  Unit

Tom the Outback Mailman
Book cover with drawing of Tom the mailman in his truck

Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide
Years 3–4 |
Unit

Topsy-turvy World

 Book cover featuring an emu and other Australian native animals

Kirsty Murray
Years 5–6 |
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