Book of the Year Announcement

Sunday, 22 August 2010

On Friday I met my friend Lou for a coffee then we dashed through the icy Canberra galeforce winds to the Woden Library for the announcement for the Children's Book Council's Book of the Year 2010.

We were met with a lively performance by Canberra Grammar students - of Lisa Shanahan's Bear and Chook at Sea, complete with fluffy chook and towel-toting bear.

It was also an absolute thrill to have Rosemary Thomas, CBCA judge for the ACT, to present the awards. After a carpet-thumping drum roll before each announcement, Rosemary spoke on each winning book (including the honour books) and talked us about her phenomenal reading and judging experience.

Below, Rebecca Kemble, president of the ACT branch of the CBCA reveals the winners onscreen and the kids hold up the books as they are announced.

The kids had so much fun holding up the winners and it was wonderful to revel in all the excitement. There were some surprises amongst the winners (we all have our favourites!) and some absolute no-surprises, too.

Here's to a fantastic upcoming Book Week. Check out a list of the winners on Kids Book Review.

1 comment:

mrssewandsos said...

It was so lovely to see the gorgeous children reading and acting out the story (Chook was especially entertaining!) and to be present for the announcement of the award winners. Yes, there were certainly some surprises, but any books that children and adults enjoy are winners in my view. It was extra special to be in the presence of a real-life author - you! Lou x

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