Queensland’s Governor, Penelope Wensley, had travelled thousands of kilometres to be there, only to be upstaged by barking seals and audience members in pith helmets.

It was all part of the script for the launch of Book Week 2009’s Book Safari theme at the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year Awards at Seaworld on the Gold Coast.Ā  (If you think there were a lot of books in that last sentence, you should have seen how many were represented at Seaworld today.)

Winners are grinners and Linsay Knight, Children’s Publisher, Random House Australia, and Leonie Tyle, Woolshed Press, looked pretty happy with their authors’ haul of gongs.

Sleep-deprived father-of-a-teething-baby, Anthony Eaton (Into White Silence), author and poet Catherine Bateson (The Wish Pony) and author/illustrator Colin Thompson (The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness) were all Honour Books for 2009.

Everest survivor Lincoln Hall was all but drowned out by honking seals as he accepted the Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for non-fiction for Alive in the Death Zone.

The charming and talented Shaun Tan added to his prize-winning haul with Tales from Outer Suburbia taking out Book of the Year for Older Readers.Ā  Glenda Millard with Stephen Michael King took top honours in the Younger Readers Category with Perry Angel’s Suitcase.

For a complete list of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2009 Book of the Year Awards, click here.

  1. jnahrung says:

    Fantastic to see the Shaun Tan landslide continuing šŸ™‚

    • chrisbongers says:

      Shaun Tan’s and Bob Graham’s speeches were highlights of the day. (I’d like to meet Shaun’s brother who challenged him to write “toilet” literature that could be read in under five minutes; sounds like a few brothers I could name.) šŸ™‚

  2. Wish I could have been there – sounded like a bit of a circus! So many wonderful books – it was almost cruel for the judges to have to choose, but the ones they did were so deserving. Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing some fresh (maybe Brisbane based) names up on that list next year…

  3. Great post, Chris. I wish I could have been there, too. Sounds like it was a lot of fun.

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