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Best Children's Book (1999-2011)
or Mary Ryan's Award
Subcategory of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2011

winner y separately published work icon Just a Dog Michael Gerard Bauer , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2010 Z1719850 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Discover one child's view of the difference a dog can make. Mr Mosely isn't a pedigreed dog, but he is just the dog Corey and his family want: he is loyal, protective and loving. And he is much more than that. He might well be the one thing that holds them all together.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2010

winner y separately published work icon Toppling Sally Murphy , London Sydney : Walker Books [London] Walker Books Australia , 2010 Z1700315 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Now that John's best friend is sick, hanging out with his pals isn't the same. But what can they do? A kid-friendly story of silliness, sadness, and solidarity. John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he's a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him. Author Sally Murphy shows what a group of friends, together with an unlikely ally, will do to keep the world of one of their own from toppling.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2009

winner y separately published work icon Little Blue Gaye Chapman , Gaye Chapman (illustrator), Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2008 Z1540670 2008 single work picture book children's Based on characters depicted in the Chinese-inspired willow pattern china, this is an endearing story of Will who tries to help a little blue girl lost in the woods. When they fail to find her way home, he invites her home with him only to find that their homes are one and the same place. (Source: Asia Bookroom)

Year: 2008

winner y separately published work icon The Peasant Prince Cunxin Li , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2007 Z1435037 2007 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world...' (Publisher's blurb)

Year: 2007

winner y separately published work icon Layla, Queen of Hearts Glenda Millard , Sydney : ABC Books , 2006 Z1274394 2006 single work children's fiction children's

When Griffin and Layla's school announces a Senior Citizens' Day, Layla is at a loss. Who can she take? Griffin offers to share his grandmother, Nell, but Layla desperately wants someone of her own. So Nell introduces Layla to the delightful Miss Amelie and a small but significant miracle occurs. (Back cover.)

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