Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life.

2018 Book of the Year Award winners include Sorry Day by Coral Vass for the Indigenous Children category and The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hobbler by Lisa Shanahan for 8-10 year olds. Read the full list online.

Book cover: 'Really Excellent Dream', image of a cloud and book character  Book cover: 'Rodney loses it' with image of a cartoon rabbit  Book cover, 'Sorry Day', image of child looking east

Above: Winning titles in Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards

Literacy

The Awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools and to raise awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. The awards:

  • promote quality Australian children’s literature
  • enhance awareness of the role speech pathologists play in language and literacy development
  • encourage a love of reading

 

Winning books in 2018

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

The winners in the five categories are:

  • Indigenous childrenSorry Dayby Coral Vass
  • Birth to 3 yearsHeads and Tailsby John Canty
  • Three to 5 yearsRodney Loses It!Written by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • Five to 8 yearsDanny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream by Max Landrak
  • Eight to 10 yearsThe Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hooblerby Lisa Shanahan

Book cover, 'The grand genius summer of Henry Hoobler, with a cartoon of two children riding a bike  Book cover., " The grand genius summer of Henry Hoobler', catroons of children ridging bikes

Above: Winning titles in Speech Pathology Australia Awards

Poster to hang in your library
Download the Book of the Year 2018 poster

Shortlisted books 2018 

View a list of the shortlisted books in each category.

Why not include these titles in your story time and let your library members know about these award winning titles. For more information and resources visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.