The Children's Book Council of Australia announced its Book of the Year winners on Friday.
The book of the year for older readers was Margo Lanagan's Red Spikes, which was reviewed at Seven Impossible Things this week. (The 7 Imp crew also interviewed Lanagan.) The Red Shoe, by Ursula Dubosarsky, was an honour book in the same category; Shaken & Stirred reviewed it yesterday. Monster Blood Tattoo, also well-received in the kidlitosphere, was the other honour book. See Book Moot, Kids Lit, Miss Erin, and Original Content. (Yes, this was a book promoted to the children's book blogs.)
The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, is the picture book of the year. A Fuse #8 has been singing its praises for ages.
The winner in the nonfiction category is The Penguin Book: Birds in Suits, by Mark Norman.
There are many more winners and honourees, so go visit the CBC's site, linked in the first line of this post.