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KIDS Book of the Year Event 2018


2018 Kids Book of the Year Report

What a buzz was in the air at the NSW Teachers Conference Centre auditorium on the day that the Book of the Year WINNERS WERE ANNOUNCED!

CBCA NSW Branch thanks YA author Erin Gough who MC'd the event with her brilliant dry humour and entertained the audience with the back story to her book Amelia Westlake

Courtesy of Freemantle Press, WA author Diane Wolfer was the keynote speaker. The theme of Book Week this year was 'Find Your Treasure' and Diane spoke about how she found the treasures that inspired her historical stories.

Dianne has two kinds of favourite books – animal stories and historical fiction.  Her latest titles include both. In the Lamplight is set in World War I and features a wallaby mascot. The Dog with Seven Names is set in World War II and is written from the dog’s point of view.

During her research lucky coincidences or serendipity seemed to happen and she believes that serendipity can be a magical part of writing. She loves it when she finds a little snippet of information because then she can use her imagination to weave it into the story.   

But there was even more treasure in the room in the form of the student talent! We listened to students review the books on the Shortlist, and they were passionate, eloquent and insightful.  

Thank you to:

Older Reader Category reviewers:
Sukesh | Lilianna | Marwa | Callan | Eleanor | Erin

Younger Reader Category reviewers:
Ansh | Lauren | Aashka | Josephine | Katya | Lara

The winning and honour books were announced to much applause and some discussion,before students rushed to purchase books from the Bloomin’ Books  pop-up bookshop.

Many thanks to:

  • All the publishers who donated books for the audience and especially to Fremantle Press for sponsoring this event. 
  • Our partnership with NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge to live stream this event enabling distant schools to view and share our Book Week event.  
  • Tamara Rodgers and the PRC team.

    Dianne Wolfer | Author | KBOYE

    Dianne Wolfer  


                     Erin Gough | KBOYE

    Erin Gough

KBOYE Student Reviewers with Guest speakersStudent KBOYE Reviewers with Erin Gough and Dianne Wolfer

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Celebrate the announcement of the winners and honour books in the Book of the Year Awards.

Date                  |  Friday August 17 2018
Venue               |  NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
                          | 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills 

Guest speaker |  Dianne Wolfer | Sponsored by Fremantle Press

Kids Book of the Year Event
A unique opportunity for your students to be part of 400 students celebrating Book Week

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37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills (short walk from Central Station)

Guest Speaker Dianne Wolfer will be joined by students from schools across Sydney who will review the books in the Younger and Older Reader Book of the Year categories.

All attending students will participate in a competition and will take home a book and bookmark generously donated by Publishers. Book signing and Bookshop operating.

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Dianne Wolfer is the acclaimed author of books spanning multiple genres for teenagers and young readers. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants, featured in events commemorating the centenary of the departure of the first AIF from Albany and has recently been adapted for the stage by Black Swan State Theatre Company.
One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), is used as an international peace reference and has been published in Japanese. It is also a recommended resource for the National History Curriculum. Her young adult title Choices has been translated into Polish.

Students will review the books in the Younger Readers and Older Readers category.


Dianne Wolfer | Author

DIANNE WOLFER | Guest Speaker

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