The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2013 Winners


The winners of the 2013 Book of the Year from The Children’s Book Council of Australia have been announced.


Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (American title = The Brides of Rollrock Island)



The Children of the King

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett



The terrible suitcase

The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen, illustrated by Freya Blackwood



The Coat

The Coat by Julie Hunt, illustrated by Ron Brooks




Tom the Outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach, illustrated by Timothy Ide

Top 40 Reads 2011

This will be the last list of Top Reads, since the others are not only very recent but also available on my Pinterest boards.  So here are the top reads from my reviews posted in 2011:

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis (reviewed January 25, 2011)

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (reviewed May 6, 2011)

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (reviewed October 17, 2011)

beautyqueens blue chicken The Big Crunch

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (reviewed April 21, 2011)

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman (reviewed October 6, 2011)

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman (reviewed January 4, 2011)

camogirl chime divergent

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon (reviewed February 7, 2011)

Chime by Franny Billingsley (reviewed February 28, 2011

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (reviewed July 28, 2011)

Dead End in Norvelt drawing from memory girl of fire and thorns

Divergent by Veronica Roth (reviewed May 9, 2011)

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (reviewed August 22, 2011)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (reviewed December 29, 2011)

 grandpa green I Want My Hat Back imaginarygirls

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (reviewed July 25, 2011)

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (reviewed August 31, 2011)

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (reviewed June 3, 2011)

 Inside Out and Back Again islands end katincorrigible

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (reviewed May 31, 2011)

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman (reviewed August 15, 2011)

Kat Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (reviewed May 27, 2011)

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Legend by Marie Lu (reviewed November 9, 2011)

Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger (reviewed March 7, 2011)

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes (reviewed February 9, 2011)

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Lost & Found by Shaun Tan (reviewed April 4, 2011)

Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell (reviewed May 2, 2011)

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis (reviewed December 5, 2011)

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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (reviewed March 22, 2011)

Peaceful Pieces by Anna Grossnickle Hines (reviewed May 26, 2011)

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (reviewed May 25, 2011)

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Press Here by Herve Tullet (reviewed April 5, 2011)

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg (reviewed April 27, 2011)

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (reviewed January 21, 2011)

smallacts snowrabbit Stuck

Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan (reviewed April 25, 2011)

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na (reviewed March 10, 2011)

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (reviewed November 29, 2011)

swirl by swirl underground unforgotten coat

Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Underground by Shane W. Evans (reviewed May 25, 2011)

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (reviewed October 19, 2011)

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman (reviewed December 20, 2011)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (reviewed March 28, 2011)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (reviewed July 22, 2011)


Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (reviewed February 2, 2011)

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


Charlotte’s Library: Apply to be a Cybils Panelist starting Thursday, or, Why 150 isn’t a scary number of books

The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States — @fuseeight

Fall 2013 Preview: The Season’s Big Books – includes YA and kids books #kidlit #yalit

Five questions for Mitali Perkins – The Horn Book #kidlit

Indigenous protagonists and people of color – The Horn Book #kidlit #yalit

Must-have Board Books for Early Childhood Collections | School Library Journal #kidlit

New England writers at work: Jeff Kinney #kidlit #authors

Rebecca Stead’s top 10 American children’s classics you may have missed | Children’s books #kidlit

The Top Ten Laughing Books | Nerdy Book Club #kidlit


Seth’s Blog: An end of books #ebooks #libraries


At Libraries Across America, It’s Game On : NPR #libraries

City Schools Are Quietly Using Fewer Librarians #libraries #schools

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like. #libraries

From libraries to laundromats: Innovative community partnerships promote literacy #libraries

New director, young guns guiding Chattanooga’s library system through a renaissance #libraries

Why writers should stand up for libraries – Boing Boing #libraries #ebooks #authors


If You Use Gmail, You Should Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’ – Business Insider


Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read #reading


21-year-old novelist Samantha Shannon set to emulate JK Rowling’s success – Telegraph #yalit

I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read?: Our Intern Aaron’s LGBTQ Teen Manga Review Wrap-Up #yalit

Laurie Halse Anderson tackles alcoholism, PTSD in book #yalit

Manga Publishers Look To Cross Borders With Digital Distribution #manga

2013 PEN Awards

The PEN Awards were announced earlier this week and the winner of the Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing was part of that.  The award went to:

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel