Book of the Year Awards 2021
Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts its Book of the Year Awards.
Shortlisting complete for 2021
The shortlisting for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2021 is now complete. Despite the difficulties of another challenging year a record number of books were nominated for this year’s awards. The books that have been shortlisted will now be judged by a panel in each category. The winning books will be announced on Friday 29 October 2021.
View the books shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2021.
New award category
The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have undergone an important change.
From 2020, the Indigenous Children category was renamed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award and its judging incorporated into the process for the four age-specific categories.
This means that a book, written by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author, is eligible to win both the age-related category for which it has been nominated and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award category.
All books nominated for an age-related category will initially be judged against the criteria for that specific category. Nominated books, authored by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author will then be eligible separately for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award category.
Speech Pathology Australia is committed to reducing the gap in literacy levels between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children. The Association believes this reform to its Book of the Year Award will assist in achieving this goal.
The Association acknowledges that Indigenous children across Australia come with very different linguistic and cultural experiences and that there is not a one size fits all when thinking about an Indigenous child.
Announcing the winners for 2020
On Friday 6 November the winners of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards were announced by video. Watch the video on this page (below) or via the Association’s YouTube channel.
The winners in the five categories in Speech Pathology Australia 2020 Book of the Year Awards are:
- Birth to 3 years: Meerkat Splash | written and illustrated by Aura Parker
- Three to 5 years: Charlie’s Shell | written and illustrated by Marina Zlatanova
- Five to 8 years: Goat on a Boat | written by Nick Dent and illustrated by Suzanne Houghton
- Eight to 10 years: The Little Wave | written by Pip Harry
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award: My Culture and Me| written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise.
Download the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2020 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
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children’s Book Award.
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 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)
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.