Book of the Year Awards 2018

Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts its Book of the Year Awards.

Shortlisted books 2018 

Nominations have now closed for the Book of the Year Awards for 2018. There were 209 books nominated for this year’s awards and these titles have now been shortlisted. View a list of the books shortlisted in each of the five categories.

The shortlisted books are now being judged against criteria relevant to each category by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development.

The winning books in 2017

The winning books in the Book of the Year’s five categories were announced on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at a ceremony at the State Library of Queensland. The winners in the five categories in are:

  • Indigenous children: Mad Magpie by Gregg Dreise (Illustrations by Gregg Dreise)
  • Birth to 3 years: Noisy Nature by Mandy A Kuhne (Illustrations by Alex Kuhne)
  • Three to 5 years: me and you by Deborah Kelly (Illustrated by Karen Blair)
  • Five to 8 years: Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon (Illustrations by Gus Gordon)
  • Eight to 10 years: Artie and the Grime Wave by RIchard Roxburgh (Illustrations by Richard Roxburgh).

Download the Book of the Year 2017 poster.


Literacy is based on good oral language skills. 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.

Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. Learn more about the selection criteria for the Book of the Year Awards .

Why a book award?

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of 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; and
  • encourage a love of reading.

Past Winners

Past winners of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards include Mem Fox, Graeme Base, and Morris Gleitzman. Who else has won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards?

Hall of Fame Award

A Hall of Fame Award (‘Children’s Language and Literature Award’) is awarded to an outstanding candidate who has made a significant and sustained contribution to Australian children’s language and literature.

A children’s author may be nominated if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • The author is Australian or resides permanently in Australia
  • The author has published a significant number of books for children over a 10-year or longer period
  • The books published by this author are, or have been, readily available in Australia
  • The books published by this author must facilitate interaction and communication
  • The books published by this author have quality graphics, design and production.

Nominate an author for the Hall of Fame (Children’s Language and Literature Award)

Previous Book of the Years

For information about the Book of the Year Awards in past years, contact the Association.

No Bars on Books

No Bars on Books was a very successful award winning book drive conducted by Speech Pathology Australia’s Tasmania Branch in 2015. With the support of the local community, speech pathologists collected community donations of new and second-hand books to help restock the local prison’s existing Books-on-CD program.

In the Books-on-CD program, incarcerated parents are supported to record themselves reading a book, and then both the book and recording are given to their children. It is a program which has an evidence-base showing effective support for the maintenance of family connectedness during a term of incarceration.

While the No Bars on Books Facebook page continues to receive likes and members of the community continue to donate books; local charity, Chatter Matters Tasmania, will continue to distribute the books into the prison. For further information contact No Bars on Books.