Book Week winners announced as ECEC services prepare to be both curious and wild

Book Week winners announced as ECEC services prepare to be both curious and wild

As early childhood education and care (ECEC) services around Australia embrace the (CBCA) have announced the winners of the Given the challenges of 2020, the Council’s choices this year have recognised thought-provoking and uplifting stories that allow young people to take on all challenges, with the winning titles chosen from a record 517 entries across six categories. CBCA National Chair, Emeritus Professor Margot Hillel OAM, said the lockdowns and service closures of 2020 have left children and families with more time to read in 2020, and many children have delighted in escaping into books. “It has been another exceptional year for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, with plenty of writing to entertain, touch the hearts of young readers and help them gain empathy and new perspectives,” Professor Hillel said. The CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood was won by My Friend Fred, written by Frances Watts and illustrated by A. Yi. Animals often feature strongly in the early childhood category, and in this book they demonstrate just how different good friends can be. The CBCA judges said My Friend Fred is full of energy and movement and comes to a very satisfying surprise ending. I Need a Parrot, a witty book written and illustrated by Chris McKimmie, was awarded as the CBCA Picture Book of the Year with judges saying that “with very few words and deceptively simple drawings, this book gives readers lots to ponder and discuss about our desire to keep and cage pets.” The Younger Readers category was ...
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