Well, here we again folks...nomination time.
The Pulitzer came and went with no winner for fiction. The Costa Book Award was won by Andrew Miller for his book 'Pure'. The Indie Book Award went to Anna Funder for 'All That I Am'.
The shortlist is out there for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Miles Franklin long list is waiting to be whittled down. And in Australia, we have the Prime Minister's Literary Awards plus various State Premier's Literary awards waiting for their big moment too.
Naturally there is also a site that will keep you informed on all these awards and many more called Literary Awards.
But today we focus on the Australian Children's Book Council Awards.
Nominees for the Older Readers Shortlist are:
Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer
A Straight Line to my Heart by Bill Condon
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan
When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Younger Readers Shortlist:
Crow Country by Kate Constable
Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan
Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French
The Truth About Verity Sparks by Susan Green
Bungawitta by Emily Rodda
The Golden Door by Emily Rodda
Early Childhood Shortlist:
The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland
Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett
That's Not A Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey
The Last Viking by Norman Jorgensen
No Bears by Meg McKinlay
Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay
Picture Book Shortlist:
Look, A Book ill. by Freya Blackwood
The Dream of the Thylacine ill. by Ron Brooks
For All Creatures ill. by Rebecca Cool
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham
No Bears ill. by Leila Rudge
Flood ill. by Bruce Whatley
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Shortlist:
The Little Refugee by Anh & Suzanne Do
One Small Island by Alison Lester & Coral Tulloch
Surrealism for Kids by Queensland Art Gallery
Bilby Secrets by Edel Wignell
Frommelles by Carole Wilkinson
Playground by Nadia Wheatley
Each year I try to read as many of these nominees as possible. Happily I've already read and reviewed 6 of the nominees - only 24 to go!!
Watch this space.