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- author Jackie French

Wednesday 30 November 2011

KBR Favourite Book of the Year 2011: The Shortlist

Our annual Favourite Book of the Year is back! This year we are nominating five books, once again, in several categories - and will announce the winners on 1 January 2012.

Enjoy this peek at some of our very favourite books for 2011!

Books for Littlies

by Katey Love (Books for Newborns)

Let's Play Games series
by Hervé Tullet (Phaidon)
by Paul Thurlby (Hardie Grant Egmont)

by Christopher Franceschelli (Bloomsbury)

by Orla Keily (Hardie Grant Egmont)

Eye-Popping Picture Book

Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
by David Mackintosh (HarperCollins)

Once There Was a Boy
by Dub Leffler (Magabala Books)

The Great Expedition by Peter Carnavas (New Frontier)

No Bears
by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books)

by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)

Mesmerising Early Reader

Animal Tales
series by Susan Hall (National Library of Australia)

Claude in the City
by Alex T Smith (Hachette)

Operation Alphabet
by Al MacCuish (Thames & Hudson)

Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery
by Anna Branford (Walker Books)


Enthralling Junior Fiction Book

Surface Tension
by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books)

Too Small to Fail
by Maurice Gleitzman (Penguin)

The Golden Day
by Ursula Dubosarsky (Allen & Unwin)

Pizza Cake
by Morris Gleitzman (Penguin)

Wonder Struck
by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

Cool Fact Book

compiled by Nadia Wheatley (Allen & Unwin)

Into the Unknown
by Stewart Ross (Walker Books)

What Body Part is That?
by Andy Griffiths (Pan Macmillan)

Pop-Up London
by Jenny Maizels (Walker Books)

Intriguing Young Adult Read

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin)

Nanberry: Black Brother White
by Jackie French (HarperCollins)

by Cat Patrick (Hardie Grant Egmont)

Mole Hunt
by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins (Penguin)

That 'Something Extra Special' Book

My Grandma's Kitchen
by Louise Fulton Keats (Hardie Grant)

Press Here
by Herve Tullet (Allen & Unwin)

Starry Starry Night
by Sarah Kate Mitchell (Pier 9)

by Kyo Mclear (Hardie Grant Egmont)

by Ross Collins (Gullane Children's Books)

Enchanting e-book

Will & Kate: A Love Story
by Ink Robin

The Heart and the Bottle
by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)

Peekaboo Forest
by Night and Day Studios

Nighty Night
by Shape Minds & Moving Images 

Favourite Author of the Year

Meg McKinlay
Ursula Dubosarsky
Dave Hackett
Jackie French
Adam Wallace

Favourite Illustrator of the Year

Peter Carnavas
Tina Matthews
Emma Quay
Bruce Whatley
Sarah Davis

Favourite Proactive Person NEW CATEGORY!

This Proactive Person can be an author, illustrator, blogger, reviewer, publisher, publicist or other industry professional, who contributes consistently and invaluably to the children's book scene.

Dee White, author and literacy advocate
Angela Hall, Bug in a Book
Vicki Stanton, Buzz Words
Paul Collins, author and publisher
Hazel Edwards, author

Favourite Book of the Year

What will it be???

Stay tuned for our announcement on 1 January 2012, and please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts on our selection.