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Sunday 25 April 2010

CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist 2010 - Early Childhood

Continuing on in this blog post series showcasing the CBCA's 2010 Shortlisted books, I'm delighted to reveal a little more about the Early Childhood category. Here you will find book covers and a synopsis or two, allowing you to revel more deeply in the talent that was shortlisted this year.
Be sure to check the other categories at this end of this article - more being added soon.

See the CBCA website for more information on Australia's incredible children's literary talent, as well as a list of Notable Books.

The Wrong Book
by Nick Bland (Scholastic Australia)

Nicholas Ickle is trying to tell a story, but he keeps getting interrupted by characters from other stories-a pirate, a queen, even some monsters! To get a chance to tell his story, he has to convince the others that they are in the wrong book. Read out loud for maximum fun!

by Christina Booth (Windy Hollow Books)
Mrs. Bea knows Kip is special... but the neighbours do not think so! What can Mrs. Bea do when Kip discovers his crow?

The Terrible Plop
by Ursula Dubosarsky (Viking)
illustrated by Andrew Joyner
From award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrator Andrew Joyner comes an irresistible new picture book about a little rabbit who learns that some things in life aren't as scary as they seem. Based on a Tibetan myth, a sound in the forest sets all the animals running for their lives from the Terrible Plop. Children will be charmed by the wonderful zany energy of the illustrations and the rollicking rhyming story.

Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House
Clancy has just moved house. He is missing his old house terribly - the new house is much too big and much too lonely. How will he ever make it his home? As despair takes hold Clancy hears a small voice. Soon, Clancy with the help of his new friend Millie is building towers to the sky and trains to the street outside, and together they build the home that Clancy thought he had lost forever. 

Bear & Chook by the Sea
In a follow-up to the delightful Bear and Chook, the two lovable characters continue their adventures. Bear and Chook are unexpected friends. Bear still likes adventure and Chook would still much rather have the quiet life!
One day they decide to go and visit the sea. Chook is worried that they don't know the way and will get lost, but Bear is confident they will find it just around the pond, under the bridge, through the forest and over the mountain!
A wonderfully warm read-aloud story about the dreamers in life and those who wish they'd sometimes keep their feet more firmly on the ground.


When a new baby is born it′s difficult to tell if it will grow up to be big or small or brave or scared of the dark and spiders. sometimes babies get the wrong name. It′s the same with dogs.

So when the Claybourne-Willments, who should have been called the Smiths, got Fearless as a little puppy, it seemed a good name for him. Except Fearless wasn′t. How does Fearless finally live up to his name? By accident, of course!