Check out all the Children’s Book of the Year Winners 2014. Here are the books that should be on every child’s bookshelf or reading list this year – or in Santa’s sack!
Early Childhood Book of the Year
The Swap by Jan Ormerod, Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Caroline Crocodile is very jealous of her baby brother, especially as Mama crocodile is always saying how gorgeous he is. So Caroline does what any sister in her position would do: she heads to the baby shop to swap her dribbly brother for a better one. But she can’t quite seem to find one that fits the bill!
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Illustrated by Ann James
Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Picture Book of the Year
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Rules of Summer is a story about two boys, and the strange, arbitrary rules that govern friendships. A nearly wordless narrative, the illustrations are exquisite, thought-provoking and a little surreal.
King Pig by Nick Bland
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham
Younger Readers Book of the Year
City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks
A clever adventure for younger independent readers, this fantastic beginning to an action-packed series is full of science, superstition and monsters.
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer, Illustrrated by Brian Simmonds