tappity tapity tappity *shuffle-off-to-buffalo*
tappity tappity tappity *knee slide*
tappity tappity tappity *big-Gene-Kelly-swing-around-a-lamppost finale*
That, people, was our Children's Book Council of Australia short list dance. And, let me tell you, it was hot. It was smokin' hot.
It was almost as hot as this lovely lovely list:
A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan
Crow Country by Kate Constable
That's Not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey
Picture Books of the Year:
The Dream of the Thylacine by Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks
Eva Pownall Award for Information Books:
The Little Refugee by Anh Do, Suzanne Do & Bruce Whatley
Playground edited by Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Ken Searle.
The Crichton Award for New Illlustrators
A Song for Lorkie by Dean Bowen & Jennifer Castles
Grumpy Little King by Michel Streich
Big big huge congratulations to all our clever authors and illustrators, and to everyone on the short lists and on the Notable Books lists for 2012.
We are so pleased and proud.