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Suggested Reads for Kids


The CBCA Winners for 2017 have been announced!

Younger Readers

Trace Balla has won the 2017 CBCA Younger Readers Book of the Year Award for her title, Rockhopping.

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Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.

Early Childhood

Johanna Bell has won the 2017 CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year Award for her title, Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

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At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action!... 'A funny, uplifting and beautifully written tale about family, home and place.'

Picture Book of the Year

Bob Graham has won the 2017 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for his title, Home in the Rain.

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From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister...A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.

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Book Reviews

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Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I like this book because it shows that you can do anything you want even if you do it at the last minute.

Reviewer: Angelique F, aged 9

Dork Diaries: Once Upon a Dork by Rachel Renée Russell

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I liked this book because Nicki was in multiple fairy tales and went on an adventure.

Reviewer: Anastasia S, aged 10

Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

Malory towers is a wonderful boarding school, I really feel like going into their experience because it sounds so fun with the mischief and adventures! I can't wait to read some more.

Reviewer: Kiyara G, aged 9

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain by Steven Herrick

I loved this book so much. Bleakboy and Hunter are school enemies. Bleakboy always wears black and attends a non-traditional school with a vegetarian school lunch menu. Hunter is a bully and loves stirring up trouble to get out of school work and find some fun. This is not a simple story though and the characters surprised me, I think this is a sensitively written book and I think a wonderful story that boys will love especially.

The Cleo Stories the Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson

This is a lovely read in a chapter book style. It has beautiful illustrations which complement and enhance the simple lines of the story. Girls everywhere will love Cleo and sympathise as she deals with not getting what she wants and coming up with creative ways to get around her problems. The true to life stories will resonate with many young girls, I look forward to reading much more about Cleo and her family.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy's first work is titled Wildwood and the name immediately creates a sense of curiosity. There are three books in the Wildwood series, the second named Under Wildwood, and the third is Wildwood Imperium. The first, however, like most things nowadays, is the best by far. Meloy's lovable characters are thrown into a tree-filled and overgrown world after Prue, the heroine of the story, watches crows kidnap her baby brother, and take him into the depths of the Impassable Wilderness. Curtis, the not-so-hero of the story, blunders upon her plans and decides to follow her. Together, they battle talking coyotes, a crazy woman called Alexandra, and the dark presence of the Ivy, all in order to get Mac, Prue's brother, back home safe. I adored the illustrations (drawn by Meloy's wife, Carson Ellis) that add color to the already crazy storyline. I could almost smell the woods as I watched Prue and Curtis attempt to make their way around the coyote guards, the beautiful, almost collage like drawings bringing the mere words to life. Although, it's not only the pictures that make it a wonderful read. Meloy's writing style has been cultivated by being the singer-songwriter of The Decemberists, a band known for its very 'out there' lyrics. The book is no exception for his ingenious craziness, but is tied together well with a vocabulary both juniors and seniors will love. I bought the book when it was published in 2011, aged 12, and I still love it's wonderfully in-depth creativeness.

Reviewer: Josh H, recommended age 12+

Blueback by Tim Winton

Blueback taught me about sustainability. Tim Winton is a great author, he is so creative with his words. You should definitely read blueback.

Reviewer: Ella F, aged 10

Weir Do by Ahn Do

I thought this book was really funny and it entertained me a lot! I had a great time reading it but there were not that many words on each page, the book reminded me of home. I would recommend this book to kids at seven to eleven years of age.

Reviewer: Aden G, aged 10

This book made me laugh a lot. It was fun to read, I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Reviewer: Alastair D, aged 7

Every Kid Needs Things That Fly by Ritchie Kinmont

It has lots of things that you can make. I liked the Jet pack and water rocket.

Reviewer: Kadin A, aged 7

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy

This was even more exciting than other Geronimo Stilton books. It was a great adventure!

Reviewer: Alexander Q, aged 8

The Debt (series) by Phillip Gwynne

Book One : Catch the Zolt

I think that this book was good. It was very action packed. I liked how it was set in Australia and used items known to me. Eg Iphones & MAC. I recommend this book to 13-16 year old kids the lower being advanced and higher normal.

Reviewer: Ethan M, aged 12

Book Two : Turn Off the Lights

I reckon this book was a perfect sequel to the first book. Dom was given an even harder challenge than the first. He completed it on top off normal life for a 15 year old. I would recommend this to advanced 12 year old readers to normal 16 year old reader.

Reviewer: Ethan M, aged 12

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