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Children's Book Award
or Griffith University Children’s Book Award
Subcategory of Queensland Literary Awards
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History

The award title was changed to Griffith University Children’s Book Award in 2015.

Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon As Fast As I Can Penny Tangey , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18935962 2020 single work novel

'One girl. One dream. A few hurdles.

'Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn't found a sport she's any good at yet. But everyone says if you work hard enough you can achieve anything, right? So when Vivian discovers she has a talent for cross country running, finally, her Olympic dream might actually come true.

'But then a family illness is uncovered and all of Vivian's plans begin to unravel. Can she keep her dream alive? Or will she be stopped in her tracks?

'A funny, heartfelt novel about resilience, acceptance and dreaming big.' 

(Publication summary)

2019 winner y separately published work icon The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars Jaclyn Moriarty , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14230015 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The town of Spindrift is home to the Orphanage School where Finlay lives. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. And then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen. Witches, sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon The Elephant Peter Carnavas , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11475776 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'An elephant?’ Arthur gasped. ‘In your house? But... is it real?’

'Olive leaned a little closer and lowered her voice. 

'‘Well, that's the thing...’

'Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as a large grey elephant following him around. With the help of her cheery grandfather and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase away her father’s elephant.

'Beautifully written, this novel from acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Carnavas will stay with you long after you finish.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler Lisa Shanahan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10406997 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Henry Hoobler is a reluctant adventurer worried about his summer holiday: camping at the beach, bugs, spiders, snakes, stingers, blue ringed octopi and sharks. Worst of all, his family and friends are pushing him to ride his new silver bike without training wheels. But when Henry meets Cassie, he discovers that courage is there to be found when you have a friend who is straight up and true. A joyous, heart-warming story for ages 7-11.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon KidGlovz Julie Hunt , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8865169 2015 single work children's fiction children's fable

'An extraordinary graphic fable about a boy who inherits a dangerous musical gift, from a multi-award-winning author.

'KidGlovz is a musical genius. His gift is so precious that he's kept under lock and key. But when a young thief helps him escape, Kid must embark on a perilous journey through which he will discover the terrifying nature of his talent. A spellbinding graphic fable about friendship and freedom.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon A Single Stone Megan McKinlay , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2015 8215172 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 1 units)

'Strong-willed Jena lives in a village shrouded in superstition and secrets. Like all the other girls, she has been bound and broken since birth to make her small enough to gather precious mica, which keeps her people warm in winter. But after a tragic accident, Jena starts questioning everything she's ever been told, and the truth will have consequences she cannot predict - for everybody. This beautifully written, haunting novel warns of the consequences of blind following, and shows the important difference between appearance and truth. This is award-winning McKinlay's best yet.' (Publication summary)

2014 joint winner y separately published work icon The Rules of Summer Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2013 Z1933419 2013 single work picture book children's fantasy (taught in 1 units) 'Combining humour and surreal fantasy, Shaun Tan pictures a summer in the lives of two boys. Each spread tells of an event and the lesson learned. By turns, these events become darker and more sinister as the boys push their games further and further.' (Publisher's blurb)
With Jackie French's Refuge.
2014 joint winner y separately published work icon Refuge Refuge : Many Dreams One Land Jackie French , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2013 Z1917049 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'When a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers is sunk by a freak wave, Faris wakes from the shipwreck in an Australia he's always dreamed of. There are kangaroos grazing under orange trees and the sky is always blue. On a nearby beach, Faris meets a group of young people who have come from far different times and places. They are also seeking refuge, and each has their own story of why they had to leave their own story of why they had to leave their country to make a new life for themselves. It is only when Faris chooses to return to 'real life' and find his father in Australia that he learns the extraordinary truth about the friends he made in the golden beach. From one of Australia's best-loved authors comes a remarkable story about Australia's long history of migration and the people who make up our country.' (Publisher's blurb)

With Shaun Tan's Rules of Summer.
2013 winner y separately published work icon Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen! Narelle Oliver , Narelle Oliver (illustrator), Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2013 Z1925928 2013 single work picture book children's

'What would happen if a spoonbill or a pelican or even an osprey came to your house?

'Fun and mayhem, that’s what!' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers Briony Stewart , Briony Stewart (illustrator), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1782690 2011 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure 'Since discovering the secret of the Shadow Catchers, a group of powerful sorcerers determined to steal dragon magic at any cost, Kumiko knows it's only a matter of time before her family and Tomodo are in grave danger. To save those she loves, Kumiko must venture where no one in her family has gone before. Can she stop the Shadow Catchers once and for all?

Join Kumiko for her most exciting adventure yet as she travels through a world of shadows and dark magic to find freedom for herself, her family and a kingdom of dragons.' (Publisher's blurb)
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