CBCANSWAAA…a room full of letters and books and authors and teacher/librarians all awaiting the announcement of the short listed Books for 2018, chosen from 444 entries!
* Cathie Tasker outlined her choices in the Early Childhood category, giving special mention to Danny Parker’s The Road Trip.
* Oliver Phommovanh produced his bag of tricks to reveal his selection for Younger Readers , including Tim Harris‘ Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and How to Bee, a dystopian novel by Bren Macdibble.
*Helen Chebatte outlined the YA books followed by Paul McDonald from the Children’s Books revealing his picks for the Picture Book category , praising Mopoke by Phillip Bunting and Sarah on the Steep Slope by Danny Parker.
* Joanne Potter then revealed her picks for the Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction books, including the book with the arresting title Do Not Lick this Book.
At 12oclock, the magic hour, all was revealed with a great deal of applause and a bit of crazy dancing .
Then it was time to peruse the publishers stands and pick out some treasures from the Children’s Bookshop tables to take home in brown paper bags.