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History

'The CROW Award (Children Reading Outstanding Writers) was the first South Australian popular choice award. This award was run for some years by the Centre for Children's Literature at the University of South Australia as part of its activities to promote children's literature, but after 1998 it went into recess due to (the all-too common!) difficulties finding volunteers to administer it.

'However, in 2003 it was resurrected as the Kanga Awards by a consortium of bookshops, government and enthusiast bodies. There were two lists each for Years 3-5 and 6-7, expanded to include R-2 in 2004. The Kanga Award is for the popular vote for any title, and the Focus list is limited to Australian titles.' (Source : http://www.latrobe.edu.au/childlit/Awards/CROW-KANGA.htm )

Subcategories

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2005 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)

2004 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)

1998 winner (Years 6 & 7) Wicked! Paul Jennings , Morris Gleitzman , 1997 series - author children's fiction children's
1998 winner (Years 3-5) y separately published work icon Grandad's Teeth Rod Clement , Rod Clement (illustrator), New South Wales : Angus and Robertson , 1997 Z834115 1997 single work picture book children's detective Soon after Grandpa's teeth disappear from a glass of water near his bed, Inspector Rate has the whole town under investigation.
1997 winner (Grade 6) y separately published work icon Darkness, Be My Friend John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1996 Z8027 1996 single work novel young adult As survivors of an enemy invasion of their homeland, Ellie and her friends return to Australia as guides for soldiers from New Zealand who plan an attack on the Wirrawee airfield. (Source: Trove)
1997 winner (Grade 5) y separately published work icon Belly Flop Morris Gleitzman , Sydney : Pan , 1996 Z797514 1996 single work children's fiction children's humour '"Doug's not like one of those posh guardian angels in the Bible," Gran used to say. "He's invisible, he doesn't do violence and he's very busy, so if you need him you've got to ask." I'm asking you now, Doug. Mitch needs help. Everyone hates him, but he's got a plan that'll make him the most popular bloke in town. If it doesn't kill him. He hopes his guardian angel is listening' (Source: NLA).
1997 joint winner (Grades 3-5) y separately published work icon Don't Pat the Wombat! Elizabeth Honey , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1996 Z793729 1996 single work children's fiction humour children's (taught in 2 units) A story full of energy and imagination for anyone who has ever experienced the sometimes dubious thrills of a school camp.
1997 joint winner (Grades 3-5) 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 y separately published work icon The Sheep-Pig (International) assertion Dick King-Smith , London : Gollancz , 1983 6809753 1983 single work children's fiction children's
1995 winner y separately published work icon The Gizmo Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1994 Z824401 1994 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 1 units)
1994 winner (Years 6-7 Favourite Book) 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;

'A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.'

1993 winner (Years 6-7 favourite) y separately published work icon Jodie's Journey Colin Thiele , Glebe : Walter McVitty Books , 1988 Z34926 1988 single work novel young adult 'Twelve-year-old Jodie, disabled by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and no longer able to ride her beloved horse Monarch, faces a crisis when the two of them are alone at her remote Australia home and a devastating fire approaches'. (Source: Trove.)
1993 winner (Years 3-5 favourite) 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

1991 winner (Australian) y separately published work icon The Eleventh Hour : A Curious Mystery Graeme Base , Graeme Base (illustrator), Victoria : Viking Kestrel , 1988 Z846706 1988 single work picture book children's mystery

When Horace the Elephant turns eleven he celebrates in grand style by inviting his friends to a splendid party. There are games, fine music, and the promise of a magnificent feast to come. But little does Horace know that when the time comes for the birthday banquet, a most curious mystery will be revealed. None of the eleven animals is above suspicion when the clock strikes The Eleventh Hour.

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