CBCA – Book of the Year 2013 Winner was…….


The Children’s Book Council Australia,  CBCA announced their winner for early childhood picture book of the year and their results were a little bit different to ours…

Early Childhood Book of the Year 2013


Author Title Publisher
WINNER Allen, Emma             Ill. Freya Blackwood The Terrible Suitcase Omnibus Books, Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
HONOUR Cox, Tania             Ill. Karen Blair With Nan Windy Hollow Books
HONOUR Dubosarsky, Ursula             Ill. Andrew Joyner Too Many Elephants in This House Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australiah
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Our Herman and Rosie illustrations

The illustrations in Herman and Rosie are fabulous.  There is so much for kids to talk about, including the inside cover with the map of New York – it entices discussion of the landmarks and icons of this amazing city. It is the kind of book where each time you open it you find something new.  One particular illustration in the story caught our eye.  It is so simple yet so effective.  It inspired us to create our own………


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Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

Book 8, the final book…………Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon.

This is a tale about a big city.

It’s a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeace.

It’s a tale of singing on rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth.

But most of all, it’s the tale of Herman and Rosie.

Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book is a story about friendship, life in the big city and following your dreams.

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The Coat by Julie Hunt

Book seven of the shortlisted books is The Coat written by Julie Hunt and illustrated by Ron Brooks.

The Coat stands in a paddock at the end of a row of strawberries.  It is buttoned up tight and stuffed full of straw and it is angry.  “What a waste of me!” it yells.  Then along comes a man.  “I could do with a coat like that,” the man says.  Together, swooping and swinging, they travel to the Cafe Delitzia, where the man finds he has magical talents courtesy of the coat, and together they give the performance of a lifetime.

The grade twos were captivated by this story.  It promoted lots of valuable discussion on self confidence, change and transformation.


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The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog by Sue deGennaro

Book 6 of the shortlisted books is The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog.

It is Sue’s first picture book as an author and illustrator.

Finding the right animal wasn’t easy.

It was Camille who finally gave me the idea of being a frog!

Frogboy and Camille are best friends but they are very different. Camille speaks in numbers and Frogboy likes to dress up. With Camille’s help he finds that dressing up as a frog is perfect for him, but when he tries to convince his friend to be a frog too, his plan goes terribly wrong…

This is a beautiful story about friends and how to keep them :)


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Take a Look at our Gorgeous Peggy’s….

We loved looking at all the different things Peggy got up to when she was in the city.  Mrs Robertson especially loved the picture of Peggy trying on a pair of shoes (this is a favourite pastime of hers!).  We had fun creating Mrs Robertson’s favourite illustration from the story……..


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Water colours

The illustrations in With Nan are beautiful and simple.  We used water colours to re create one of our favourite illustrations in the story.  We were very proud of the finished product…

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