2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Notable Books

Last night, with a large crowd of fellow authors, illustrators, librarians, publishers and CBC Members, I attended the first (but surely not the last) Night of Notables evening at Library at the Dock, at Docklands, Melbourne.  Victorian President, Christine Oughtred welcomed the crowd, Chair of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Professor Margot Hillel gave some insight into this year’s entries and we were then entertained by guest speaker Will Kostakis, who made us laugh about his experiences with writing and school visits.

It was a wonderful celebration – a room full of like-minded people who are passionate about Australian children’s books. You can see the Notables List at http://cbca.org.au/notables-2016

I’m thrilled that Bob the Railway Dog found a place to sit on the picture book list among a bevy of beautiful books written by friends and colleagues . . . illustrated by Andrew McLean and published by Black Dog Books/Walker Books – thank you Andrew, Maryann and everyone at Walker Books Australia.

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