November 13, 2012
YABBAs and KOALAs
It’s been a very exciting week for my best grown up friend, Jacqueline Harvey and me as last Wednesday we learned that Alice-Miranda At School received the YABBA (Young Australian’s Best Book Award) in the Younger Readers category in Victoria this year. http://yabba.org.au/2012/11/2012-award-winners/
Today Alice-Miranda At School received an Honour Book Award at the KOALAs (Kids’ Own Australian Literature Awards). http://www.koalansw.org.au/2012-awards-day/ Tashi and the Golem by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble was announced the winner.
There were so many incredible authors and illustrators on the shortlist, including Andy Griffiths (who won loads of awards at both the YABBAs and KOALAs and is an icon of Australian children’s literature), Oliver Phommavanh (who received an Honour Book award in the Older Readers category today) and Chris Morphew who won the YA category at both events for his fabulous Phoenix Files. Belinda Murrell, Deb Abela, Frances Watts, Moya Simons, Duncan Ball, Gabrielle Lord, David Legge were all at the KOALA awards ceremony today with books in the running. And not forgetting Sarah Davis whose gorgeous book with Colin Thompson, Fearless In Love won the Picture Book category in both states too.
Have a great week.
Lots of love,