August 17, 2017

Celebrate Children’s Book Week

Celebrate books and reading with our Aussie friends during Children’s Book Week (August 19-26). As part of this literacy initiative, Australian libraries celebrate books and reading with awards, parades, book displays, and more. And indeed this celebration of Australia children’s literature is well-deserved. Consider the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia award winner, Circle by Jeannie Baker.

Some say nonfiction has to work twice as hard to provoke an emotional reaction as fiction does. Well, Baker’s Circle accomplishes it effortlessly. She uses both text and pictures to educate her audience. Neither alone could do the job so well. Together, lyrical writing and stunning collages give the picture book a transcendent quality that grants the narrative the power to move and inspire. For example, this text accompanies a two page layout of blue sky and a disappearing flock of birds:

                Following an ancient, invisible pathway

                High above the clouds

                Each bird takes a turn to lead the way south

 While we’re celebrating Australian literature, did you know the following notable authors and illustrators call Australia home?

  • Stephen Michael King
  • Jeannie Baker
  • Aaron Blabey
  • Jackie French
  • Graeme Base
  • Freya Blackwood
  • Mem Fox
  • Shaun Tan
  • Sonya Hartnett
  • Sally Morgan

…and many many more. Congratulations to Australia on having so much to celebrate!

(Did you know NoveList tracks over one thousand awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and two hundred others from Australia and New Zealand? Learn more about the awards we track and how to find them in NoveList.)

Lisa Chandek-Stark is a Metadata Librarian at NoveList. 

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