Picture Book and Book of the Year – Old Huhu by Kyle Mewburn & Rachel Driscoll
Nonfiction – E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt
Junior Fiction – The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe
Young Adult – Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager
Children’s Choice Award – The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley
Children’s Choice Nonfiction – Dear Alison by Simon Pollard (editor)
Children’s Choice Junior Fiction – Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop
Children’s Choice Young Adult – Brainjack by Brian Falkner
Best First Book Award – The Bone Tiki by David Hair
As usual, I can’t pick the winners (luckily I’m not a betting man) but I was glad to see my favourites (Brainjack and Wonky Donkey) getting the childrens’ vote. I think we should leave the voting up to the children every time as they pick the books that appeal to them, not what appeals to adults.
Did you manage to pick the winners and what did you think of the judges choices?