Book Week is amongst us and there are schools around Australia enthralled with the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards books.
Last Friday while we were congratulating the winners, some Australian authors, illustrators and publishers were planning their book for the next year’s awards.
After attending Jane Parsons’ presentation and writing the article, ‘Judging the Judges’ I was left with some fascinating statistics which I thought I would share.
Early Childhood 59
Picture Books 122
Younger Readers 128
Older Readers 77
Eve Pownall 48
Not eligible 2
Total entries 434
Or if you prefer a pie chart
Publishers, authors and illustrators to enter the CBCA awards need to pay an entry fee of $100 plus copies of the book for each of the judges. It has been good to see an increase in self-published books. Although I am not a self-published author, I love the idea that a self-published author or illustrator could be ‘found’ during the CBCA awards and sky-rocket their writing career during the CBCA awards process.
Allen & Unwin 15%
Five Mile Press 2%
Fremantle Press 2%
Harper Collins/ A&R/ABC 5%
Little Hare/Hardie Grant Egmont 3%
National Institutions 1%
New Frontier 3%
Other Publishers 10%
Pan Macmillan 2%
Penguin Books Australia 14%
Random House Australia 11%
Scholastic/Omnibus/ Scholastic Press 7%
Self Published 14%
Walker Books Australia/ Black Dog 9%
Figures are approximate
The four largest publishers, Allen & Unwin, Penguin Books Australia, Walker Books Australia and Random House Australia submitted nearly half (44.06%) of all entries.
I will leave it up to you, the reader, the writer, the book enthusiasts to analyse the main themes in each of the categories.
Older Readers – book themes
Younger Readers – book themes
Early Childhood – book themes
Picture Books – book themes
The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards could not continue without the final two groups which I have to mention.
Michele Huet (ACT) Suzanne Thomson (NT)
Cathie Tasker (NSW) Kevin Steinberger (QLD)
John Forster (SA) Tricia Scott (Tas)
Jane Parsons (Vic) Anne-Marie Strother (WA)
Eve Pownall Award Judges
Helen Adam (WA) Felicia Harris (WA)
Chloe Mauger (WA)
Awards Co-ordinators – Patricia Montgomery (WA) and Sue Wyche (WA)
Awards Chairs – Angela Briant (Tas) and Margo Hillel (Vic)
Seventy years ago when CBCA awards began, the winners received a handshake for males and a camellia for females. Government funding supported the awards from 1966-1988. This changed to commercial sponsorship. At the end of 1995 CBCA set up an Awards Foundation in the aim of collecting $1 000 000 to support the Awards prizes.
Awards Foundation Benefactors
Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd Laurie Copping OAM (In memoriam) Thyne Reid Trust No. 1
Australia Post Jill Bruce Sandy Campbell Era Publications Five Mile Press Libby Gleeson AM
Bob Graham Hachette Children’s Books Australia Hardie Grant Egmont Pty Ltd Harper Collins Publishers Aus
Ipswich District Teacher-Librarians’ Network The James N Kirby Foundation Kinross-Wolaroi School
Koala Books Library Board of QLD Angela Naomi The Northern Territory Government Parents and Boys at Sydney Grammar School, Edgecliff Prep Penguin Books Australia Random House Australia Pty Ltd Emily Rodda (Jennifer Rowe) Gillian Rubinstein Maurice Saxby AM SA Dpt of the Arts and Cultural Development Cathie Tasker
University of QLD Press Julie Vivas Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd Margaret Wild Sue Williams
And the following in memoriam – Jean Chapman, Max Fatchen, Beryl Moncrieff Matthews, Jill Midolo, Jan Ormerod, Eve Pownall, Marion E Robertson, Cassandra Weddell and Miss Maisie Williams, Garah.
Thanks to the Judges, the sponsors, the publishers, the authors, the illustrators and of course us readers who enjoy books in all shapes and sizes.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this year’s CBCA winners.
Thank you to Jane Parsons for allowing me to use your presentation statistics in my post, all other information directly from CBCA website.