How do we adults know what are the most loved children’s books today? In our library I can get statistics on what the boys have borrowed from us but there are quite a few who buy (yes some still buy) their favourites. I can read the top-selling lists but books are often bought by parents, grandparents, etc. Do the “kids” “love” these books? Often the books that win the CBCA awards are not the books chosen by the young people themselves. The Yabba awards and the Inky Awards attest to this. I can get also a feel for what they are reading by talking to the ones who visit us but these two awards try to tap into the thoughts of the young people who are reading.
The YABBA awards are an annual children’s choice book award. There are 4 sections: Picture Story Books; Fiction for Younger Readers; Fiction for Older Readers; Fiction for Years 7 to 9. Young people annually nominate Australian children’s fiction books that have been published in the last ten years to create a short list. This list is published then everyone can read books from the YABBA short lists. The favourite books are voted for by a specified date in October, (often International Children’s Day). The winners are announced at the award ceremony where authors and illustrators receive YABBA citations presented by some of those very young people who have voted.
During Term 1 each year children across Victoria are asked to recommend their favourite Australian books to other children by nominating their four favourite Australian titles.
All nominations are collated and the 10 books with the most nominations in each of the award categories are the shortlisted books for that year. Students are then encouraged to read as many of these books across Term 2 and Term 3 that they can.
All this reading is leading to each student rewarding their very favourite book during the voting process in early Term 4.
Fiction for Year 7-9
- A Straight Line To My Heart – Bill Condon
- After – Morris Gleitzman
- Book Thief – Marcus Zuzak
- Contact – Chris Morphew
- Dead I Know – Scott Gardner
- Give Me Four Reasons – Lizzie Wilcox
- Grace – Morris Gleitzman
- Invisible Hero – Elizabeth Fensham
- Shift – Em. Bailey
- Stolen – Lucy Christopher
Fiction for Older Readers
- 26-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton
- Brotherband: The Outcasts – John Flanagan
- Con-Nerd – Oliver Phommavanh
- Eric Vale Epic Fail – Michael Gerard Bauer / Joe Bauer
- Forgotten Pearl – Belinda Murrell
- Just Doomed – Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton
- Nanberry: Black Brother White – Jackie French
- Specky Magee And The Best Of Oz – Felice Arena
- Thai-Riffic! – Oliver Phommavanh
- Unlikely Voyage Of Jack De Crow – A. J. Mackinnon
I also like the idea of the Inky Awards.
The Inkys are international awards for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of insideadog.com.au, and named after the site’s wonder-dog, Inky. There are three awards: the Gold Inky for an Australian book, the Silver Inky for an international book,. The Inky Awards are for fiction, poetry, and/or anthology books or graphic novels, and can be a work of joint authorship or editorship. The voting is on-line and open between 26 August – 18 October and anyone aged 12-20 can vote for their favourite.
- Girl Defective – Simmone Howell
- My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg
- Cry Blue Murder – Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
- Life in Outer Space – Melissa Keil
- Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield
- The Diviners – Libba Bray
- See You At Harry’s – Jo Knowles
- The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
- This Is Not a Test – Courtney Summers
- Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
In 2011 the following post and infographic was created to try to understand some of the trends in the children’s books world. I find the timeline interesting and some of the things in the infographic would be a good way to start a conversation with younger readers.
“We have created a both fun and informative infographic, “The Most Loved Children’s Books.” In it, we have recounted our favorite books as a way to celebrate children’s literature throughout the years.”
Via MAT@USC: Become a Teacher