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I love books and reading and truly believe that a love of books is one of the most important things you should encourage in children. Through books, a reader can plunge into endless worlds of possibility. With a book in hand you can never be bored. Even before my daughter was born I was filling a bookshelf with my favourite books for little people and I am constantly adding to the collection (I feel no guilt when it comes to buying books!)

All of us with kids at school will have been busy celebrating books and reading this week at Book Week. Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and is organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a chance for schools, childcare centres and libraries to celebrate books, stories and Australian authors and illustrators. It is also a chance for children to choose some of their favourite stories and story book characters to dress up for annual book week parades. Book Week culminates in the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards. This year’s group of winners are wonderfully diverse, and a great place to start if you are looking for some new reading material for your children or their friends. We have included all the winners and runners up below, but a shortlist of wonderful books is available on the Australian Book Council website.

The Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 2014

Older Readers Book of the Year 2015 : The Protected by Claire Zorn, Book Depository $16.74
Older Readers Honour Books : Nona & Me by Clare Atkins, Book Depository $16.27;  The Minnow by Diana Sweeney, Booktopia $14.75

Younger Readers Book of the Year 2015 : The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood, Booktopia $14.50
Younger Readers Honour Books : Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks Booktopia $14.25;  Withering-by-Sea; a Stella Montgomery Intrigue by Judith Rossell, Booktopia $16.75

Early Childhood Book of the Year 2015 : Go To Sleep, Jessie! by Libby Gleeson, Book Depository $13.49
Early Childhood Honour Books : Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes Illustrated by Stepehn Michael King, Booktopia $20.90;  Noni the Pony goes to the Beach by Alison Lester, Book Deopository $17.56

Picture Book of the Year 2015 : My Two Blankets by Freya Blackwood with text by Irena Kobald, Book Depository $13.36
Picture Book Honour Books : One Minute’s Silence by Michael Camilleri with text by David Metzenthen, Book Depository $21.55; The Stone Lion by Ritva Voutila with text by Margaret Wild, Booktopia $21.25

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Winner : A-Z of Convicts in Van Dieman’s Land by Simon Barnard, Booktopia $37.75
Eve Pownall Award for Information Honour Books : Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly, Illustrated by Robert Ingpen, Booktopia $21.25; Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Waretime by Carlie Walker

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