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History

The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books.’ The awards ‘seek to provide children a voice within the general Australian children’s book industry.'

The awards encourage children 'to read recent Australian published books, rate them against all others and then finally reward that book they feel is best ... Our final goal is that whilst engaging children in this process, the wider children’s book industry hears the voice of the very people they are writing for – the children! We facilitate this message delivery through the connection of authors and illustrators to the children via shortlist announcement and the annual awards ceremony.’

 The shortlist (the REAL Awards) for the awards is provided by the Children's Book Council of Australia.

Source: ‘About YABBA.’ YABBA website: http://yabba.org.au/

Sighted: 06/11/2013

Winners (also see subcategories)v1494

2007 winner y separately published work icon Chatterbox Margaret Wild , Deborah Niland (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2006 Z1285286 2006 single work picture book children's Daisy the baby will not say a word, the family try everything to coax her into talking but she won't say a word.
2003 winner y separately published work icon Old Tom's Holiday Leigh Hobbs , Leigh Hobbs (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2002 Z960053 2002 single work picture book children's

'Angela Throgmorton lives with her mangy cat, the troublesome but lovable Old Tom. One morning Angela receives some exciting news: she's won an all-expenses paid luxury holiday--for one. Angela is sad to leave Old Tom, but there is plenty of food in the freezer and he needs to clean his room anyway. Angela visits museums and royal gardens, she rides on boats and trains, and she photographs everything so she can share the pictures with Old Tom when she gets home. But everywhere she goes, she sees something that reminds her of her beloved pet. The lonelier she gets, the more she misses Old Tom. Then a wonderful surprise turns Angela's solo adventure into a delightful holiday for two.' (Booktopia)

2002 winner Fiction for Younger Readers y separately published work icon Tongue-Tied! Paul Jennings , Camberwell London : Puffin , 2002 Z955946 2002 selected work children's fiction children's
2002 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon The Pocket Dogs Margaret Wild , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2000 Z816424 2000 single work picture book children's

'Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr Pocket's pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.' (Source: Trove)

2002 winner Older Readers y separately published work icon The Day My Bum Went Psycho The Day My Butt Went Psycho [US title] Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2001 Z893871 2001 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 1 units) Zack Freeman is ready to tell his story, the story of a boy and his crazy runaway bum; the story of a crack bum-fighting unit called the B-team, a legendary Bum Hunter and his formidable daughter, and some of the biggest, ugliest and meanest bums ever to roam the face of the Earth. This is a story of courage and endurance that takes Zack on a journey across the Great Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest and over the Sea of Bums before descending into the heart of an explosive bumcano to confront the biggest, ugliest and meanest bum of them all.
2001 winner Older Readers Deltora Quest Deltora Quest [1] Emily Rodda , 2000 series - author children's fiction children's fantasy

Deltora Quest follows the adventures Lief, Barda and Jasmine as they journey across the fictitious land of Deltora, endeavoring to recover the magical belt of Deltora and defeat allies of the evil Shadow Lord.

2001 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Just Crazy! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 2000 Z793607 2000 selected work children's fiction humour children's (taught in 3 units)

'"Just Crazy!" Is this the right book for you? Take the crazy test and find out the answer. Answer yes or no: Do you bounce so high on your bed that you hit your head on the ceiling? Do you ever look in the mirror and see a maniac staring back at you? Do you like to read stories about kittens, puppies and ponies getting mashed and pulverised? Do you sometimes get the urge to take your clothes off and cover yourself in mud? Do you often waste your time taking crazy tests like this one? Score by giving one point for each 'yes' answer. If you score 3-5, you are completely crazy. You will love this book. If you score 1-2, you are not completely crazy, but you're not far from it. You will love this book. If you score 0, you are so crazy you don't even realise you're crazy. You will love this book.' (Publication summary)

2001 winner Picture Books y separately published work icon Buffy : An Adventure Story Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), London : Walker Books [London] , 1999 Z820277 1999 single work children's fiction children's adventure
2000 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Splat! Splat! : The explosive adventures of a fish not home alone Terry Denton , Terry Denton (illustrator), Ringwood : Puffin , 1998 Z834592 1998 single work picture book children's humour
2000 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Just Stupid! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 1999 Z893846 1999 selected work children's fiction children's humour

'Another JUST outrageous title from the author of the NY Times bestseller THE DAY MY BUTT WENT PSYCHO! The series that made Andy Griffiths an Australian publishing phenomenon is sweeping America!

'Before introducing the world to butts gone bad, Andy Griffiths unleashed the bestselling JUST books. The series continues to amuse, annoy, and totally ick out readers with this latest collection of just stupid stories.

'GASP as Andy careens downhill in a runaway baby carriage wearing only a diaper.... SQUIRM as he almost explodes searching for a bathroom in a shopping mall.... GROAN as he stuffs twenty marshmallows in his mouth-and then has to kiss the cutest girl in class...

'But most of all, LAUGH -- because Andy Griffiths is back with more JUST STUPID adventures!' (Publication summary)

1999 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Just Annoying! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z804322 1998 selected work children's fiction children's humour These nine uniquely Australian stories find the author in hilarious situations doing those things you did not dare do as a child.
1999 winner Older Readers y separately published work icon Toad Rage Morris Gleitzman , Ringwood : Puffin , 1999 Z824087 1999 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Stack Me!

'It's the epic story of one slightly squashed cane toad's quest for the truth.' (Publication summary)

1998 winner Fiction for Older Readers Wicked! Paul Jennings , Morris Gleitzman , 1997 series - author children's fiction children's
1998 winner Fiction for Younger Readers y separately published work icon Naughty Stories for Good Boys and Girls Christopher Milne , 1991 Neerim South : Milne Books , 1991-2000 Z1698803 1991 series - author selected work children's fiction children's
1998 winner Picture Story Book y separately published work icon Zapt! Zapt! : The electrifying adventures of a fish left home alone Terry Denton , Terry Denton (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 1997 Z833806 1997 single work picture book children's humour
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Bugalugs Bum Thief Tim Winton , Ringwood : Puffin , 1991 Z803724 1991 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 1 units)

'Skeeta Anderson woke up one morning to find that his bum was gone. And not only his bum, but the bum of every single person in the town of Bugalugs.

'It's up to Skeeta to catch the thief ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Aussie Bites ed.)

1997 winner Older Readers y separately published work icon 45 and 47 Stella Street : And Everything That Happened Elizabeth Honey , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1995 Z795102 1995 single work children's fiction humour children's mystery ‘A whirlwind adventure told by 11-year-old Henni Octon ... with a bit of help from Elizabeth Honey. The action is centred on the comings and goings of Stella Street, particularly those at numbers 45 & 47. The long-term residents are not too pleased when the new owners of Auntie Lillie’s house turn out to be the Phonies.’ (Source: Back cover)
1997 winner Picture Storybook y separately published work icon Billy the Punk Jessica Carroll , Craig Smith (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 1995 Z838227 1995 single work picture book children's humour

'Billy decides that he needs to look different and he doesn't care that no one much likes his hair or his new clothes. Billy thinks he looks great!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1996 winner Younger readers y separately published work icon The Gizmo Again Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1995 Z920255 1995 single work children's fiction children's humour
1996 winner Picture book y separately published work icon Bamboozled David Legge , David Legge (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1994 Z917856 1994 single work picture book children's humour A young girl on her weekly visit to her grandad feels that there is something out of the ordinary but can't figure out what it is. Suggested level: junior.
1996 winner Older readers y separately published work icon Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo Tim Winton , South Yarra : McPhee Gribble , 1990 Z362664 1990 single work novel young adult humour (taught in 6 units)

'Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the class. What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old? It can only mean trouble, worry, mega-embarrassment and some wild, wild times ' (Publication summary)

1995 winner Section 3 Fiction y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)
1994 winner Fiction for Older Readers y separately published work icon Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1993 Z797986 1993 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure (taught in 1 units)

The people of Rin have long lived in the shadow of the Mountain, hearing the dragon's roar every morning and evening. When the village's precious stream stops flowing, a frightening journey must be undertaken up the Mountain to the stream's source. To the hardy villagers of Rin, the boy Rowan is a timid weakling. Yet because only he can read the magical map, it is Rowan who must brave the unknown terrors of the Mountain to save the village and solve a witch's riddle.

1994 winner Fiction for Younger Readers y separately published work icon Undone! : More Mad Endings Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1993 Z796883 1993 selected work children's fiction children's humour
— Appears in: Absolut unglaublich! 2003;
1994 Picture Story Books y separately published work icon Spooner or Later Paul Jennings , Ted Greenwood , Melbourne : Viking , 1992 Z835147 1992 single work prose children's humour
1993 winner Older readers y separately published work icon Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1990 Z667933 1990 selected work children's fiction humour children's
— Appears in: Absolut unfassbar! 1996;

— Appears in: Absolut unglaublich! 2003;
'Where can you run when you're covered in toenails? Could smelly feet really put you to sleep? Why did Gary go to school with his head in a birdcage? How do you recover your opal when a goat has swallowed it? What was Splinter's job before he was born? You'll never guess. And you'll have to wait till the last page of each story to find out.' (Source: GoodReads)
1993 winner Younger readers y separately published work icon Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman , Sydney : Piper , 1992 Z793704 1992 single work children's fiction children's humour

'An Australian schoolgirl who is unable to speak is embarrassed by her father's outlandish dress and behavior.'

Source: Trove

1993 winner Picture book y separately published work icon The Sign of the Seahorse : A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts Graeme Base , Graeme Base (illustrator), Victoria : Viking , 1992 Z849288 1992 single work picture book children's A rhyming tale of fishy underwater gang warfare, pollution from toxic waste, and true love.
1991 winner Older Readers y separately published work icon Round the Twist Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1990 Z939155 1990 selected work children's fiction children's
1991 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Finders Keepers Emily Rodda , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1990 Z667930 1990 single work children's fiction children's science fiction Patrick loves the excitement of computer games. He is even more excited when the computer invites him to be a contestant in a million dollar TV game show called Finders Keepers. He accepts the invitation and discovers the world beyond the Barrier, and embarks on the adventure of his life.
1991 winner Picture Story Books y separately published work icon Counting on Frank Rod Clement , Rod Clement (illustrator), Sydney : Collins Anne Ingram Books , 1990 Z829812 1990 single work picture book humour children's

'Frank loves to calculate things. He knows how many humpback whales would fit in his house. He knows how long it would take to fill his bathroom with water. But can Frank guess the number of jellybeans in the jar? ' (Publisher's blurb)

1990 winner Fiction for Younger Readers y separately published work icon The Paw Thing Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1989 Z832414 1989 single work children's fiction children's

'Oh yuck. The mice were running up my trousers. They wriggled under my shirt. They were even inside my underpants.

'Mice, madness and mayhem' (Source: publisher's website).

1990 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon The Monster Who Ate Australia Michael Salmon , Templestowe : Lamont , 1986 Z997464 1986 single work picture book children's
1990 winner Fiction for Older Readers y separately published work icon Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , Adelaide : Omnibus/Puffin , 1986 Z262453 1986 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Space Demons is a computer game with a difference - a prototype directly imported from Japan, and designed to lock four unlikely protagonists, Andrew Hayford, Elaine Taylor, Ben Challis and Mario Ferrone, in deadly combat with the sinister forces of its artificial intelligence. As the game draws them into its powerful ambit, Andrew, Elaine, Ben, and Mario must confront the darker sides of their own natures.' (Publication summary)

1989 winner y separately published work icon The Cabbage Patch Fib Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1988 Z832204 1988 single work children's fiction children's humour When Dad tells Chris that babies grow out of cabbages, Chris sets off to search in the vegie patch where he finds a baby.
1989 winner y separately published work icon Uncanny! : Even More Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1988 Z832219 1988 selected work children's fiction children's mystery adventure
— Appears in: Absolut unheimlich! 2006;
1988 winner Fiction for Older Readers y separately published work icon Unbelievable! : More Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 Z668660 1986 selected work children's fiction children's humour "Stare if you dare, into Paul Jennings' wild world. What happens when you grow younger? Where do ghosts sit their exams? How would you cope if a million birds did it on you? Where did the eyes in the bottle come from? Nine stories that you would never dream of." (Source: Trove)
1988 winner Fiction for Younger Readers y separately published work icon My Place : The Story of Australia from Now to Then My Place Nadia Wheatley , Donna Rawlins , Donna Rawlins (illustrator), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1987 Z795146 1987 single work picture book children's historical fiction (taught in 7 units)

'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.

'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)

1988 winner Picture Story Books y separately published work icon Where the Forest Meets the Sea Jeannie Baker , Jeannie Baker (illustrator), New York (City) : Greenwillow Books , 1987 Z823665 1987 single work picture book children's (taught in 2 units)

'A boy and his father travel in their boat, ‘Time Machine’ to a stretch of beach beside a primordial tropical rainforest. As the boy walks among the trees he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees and in the final haunting scene the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of a possible future civilisation..' (Source: Author's website)

1987 winner Best Fiction Book for Older Readers y separately published work icon Unreal! : Eight Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1985 Z668486 1985 selected work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: Absolut unheimlich! 2006;
A ghost that haunts the outside dunny, a mix of manure that makes hair fall out, two musical ghosts who try to save a lighthouse - these are spooky stories with a surprise ending every time. (Source: Trove)
1987 winner Best Picture Book for Young Readers y separately published work icon Sister Madge's Book of Nuns Doug MacLeod , Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1986 Z855767 1986 selected work poetry children's humour Twelve humorous rhymes for children in which Sister Madge Mappin narrates the exploits of the inhabitants of the Convent of Our Lady of Immense Proportions, and their supernatural powers.
1987 winner Best Picture Story Book y separately published work icon Animalia Graeme Base , Graeme Base (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking Kestrel , 1986 Z846883 1986 single work picture book children's

'Within the pages of this book
'You may discover, if you look
'Beyond the spell of written words, 
'A hidden land of beasts and birds. 
'For many things are 'of a kind,'
'And those with keenest eyes will find
'A thousand things, or maybe more -
'It's up to you to keep the score . . .'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1986 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon When the Wind Changed Ruth Park , Deborah Niland (illustrator), Sydney : Collins , 1980 Z37066 1980 single work picture book humour children's
— Appears in: Mulligrubs and Friends : A Collection of Favourite Children's Stories 1992;
'Josh could make the most awful faces. But one day, just as he made the most hideous face of all, the wind changed. However, Josh's awful face helps save his dad from a bank robber - just before the wind changes again.' (Source: Amazon Books)
1986 winner Junior fiction y separately published work icon The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race Morris Lurie , London : Collins , 1969 Z828249 1969 single work children's fiction children's

Eighty-four champion hippopotamuses hit the Zamboola River with a thunderous crash and the 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race has begun!

1986 y separately published work icon Possum Magic Mem Fox , Julie Vivas (illustrator), Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1983 Z831721 1983 single work picture book children's (taught in 2 units) Two Australian possums go in search of the magic that will make the invisible one of them visible.
1986 winner Junior Secondary fiction y separately published work icon Hating Alison Ashley Robin Klein , Ringwood : Puffin , 1984 Z262253 1984 single work novel young adult (taught in 3 units) Classmates Erica Yurgen and Alison Ashley vie with each other to become the undisputed star of their class.
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