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BILBY (Books I Love Best Yearly) Awards
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History

'The BILBY Awards were instituted in 1990. Each year since then the children of Queensland have been invited to select their favourite books which they have read in the previous year. Prior to 1997 there were three categories for primary students - Read Alone, Read Aloud and Read Australian - and one category for Secondary. In 1997 the current readership format was introduced, though the Early Readers category was first called the Picture Books category, then the Early Childhood category.

Winners

2017 winner Younger Reader y separately published work icon The 78-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9652462 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2017 winner Early Childhood y separately published work icon Pig the Pug Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2014 6980675 2014 single work picture book children's

'Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way. Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens ... Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!' (Publication summary)

2015 winner Younger Reader y separately published work icon The 52-Storey Treehouse The Fifty-Two-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 7711206 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose??? ' (Publication summary)

2014 winner Younger Reader Award y separately published work icon Epic Fail Michael Gerard Bauer , Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2012 Z1900574 2012 single work children's fiction children's

'Ever had a stupid nickname? A rotten run of bad luck? A best friend who just looks on the bright side even when the bright side looks black? Well Eric Vale's got all three, and they're pushing him towards the epic-est of all epic fails!'

Source: Libraries Australia.

2008 winner y separately published work icon Diary of a Wombat Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2002 Z989492 2002 single work picture book children's She sleeps. She eats. She scratches. She is training humans to become better pets. She is Mothball, a wombat with attitude. Early Readers
2008 winner y separately published work icon Just Shocking! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1377034 2007 selected work children's fiction children's humour
2006 winner y separately published work icon Baby Boomsticks Margaret Wild , David Legge (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2003 Z1063650 2003 single work picture book children's

Once upon a time in a teeny-tiny village, a teeny-tiny mum and a teeny-tiny dad have an enormous baby. They call him Baby Boomsticks! The other villagers and babies are scared of such a big baby, so Baby Boomsticks has to play all by himself. But one day Baby Boomsticks claps his hands like thunder, and rain falls and falls until the village is flooded. Oops! Can Baby Boomsticks save the day? 

- Publisher's blurb.

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)

2003 winner Early Readers y separately published work icon The Very Blue Thingamajig Narelle Oliver , Narelle Oliver (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2003 Z1019606 2003 single work picture book children's The Very Blue Thingamajig hatches from an egg one day, but compared with the other thingamajigs, he is very plain. Then one morning he wakes up with a twisty, twirly tail, and every morning after that he wakes up with a new feature.
2002 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)

2000 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.
2000 winner Older Readers y separately published work icon Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Puffin , 1992 Z88038 1992 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units) 'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)
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 Older Readers y separately published work icon Bumface Morris Gleitzman , Ringwood : Puffin , 1998 Z834412 1998 single work children's fiction children's humour Bumface! That's who Angus wants to be. He dreams of being bold, brave, wild and free. Like the pirate in the stories he tells his younger brother and sister. Instead Angus is just plain tired from changing nappies and wiping food off walls. His mum calls him Mr Dependable, but Angus can barely cope. Another baby would be a disaster. So Angus comes up with a bold and brave plan to stop her getting pregnant. That's when he meets Rindi, an Indian girl, and Angus thought he had problems... (Source: Author's website)
1999 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase Rosie Smith , Bruce Whatley , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 1997 Z833579 1997 single work picture book children's
1999 winner Early Childhood y separately published work icon Gasp! Gasp! : The Breathtaking Adventures of a Fish Left Home Alone Terry Denton , Terry Denton (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 1995 Z833477 1995 single work picture book children's humour
1994 winner Read Australian section y separately published work icon Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1967 Z320777 1967 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction satire humour A not-so-bright highwayman keeps getting arrested, but his clever animal friends always help him escape, until one day he finally becomes successful enough to begin living like an honest man. (Libraries Australia record).
1994 winner Read Alone section 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;
1993 winner Read aloud (P-12) 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

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