The shortlists for this year's Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced at a reception in Adelaide today.
The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:
* Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan) LOCAL AUTHOR!
* The Midnight Zoo (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
* About a Girl (Joanne Horniman, A&U)
* The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher (Doug MacLeod, Penguin)
* The Piper's Son (Melina Marchetta, Viking)
* Six Impossible Things (Fiona Wood, Pan).
* Just a Dog (Michael Gerard Bauer, Omnibus Books)
* Henry Hoey Hobson (Christine Bongers, Woolshed Press)
* Violet Mackerel's Brillant Plot (Anna Branford & Sarah Davis, Walker Books)
* The Red Wind (Isobelle Carmody, Viking Books)
* Duck for a Day (Meg McKinlay & Leila Rudge, Walker Books)
* Toppling (Sally Murphy & Rhian Nest James, Walker Books).
* The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies (Tom Niland Champion, Kilmeny Niland & Deborah Niland, A&U)
* The Deep End (Ursula Dubosarsky & Mitch Vane, Puffin)
* Noni the Pony (Alison Lester, A&U)
* It's Bedtime, William! (Deborah Niland, Viking)
* Look See, Look at Me! (Leonie Norrington & Dee Huxley, A&U)
* Maudie and Bear (Jan Ormerod & Freya Blackwood, Little Hare).
* Mirror (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)
* Why I Love Australia (Bronwyn Bancroft, Little Hare)
* Hamlet: Staged on the Page (Nicki Greenberg, A&U)
* Family Forest (Kim Kane & Lucia Masciullo, Hardie Grant Egmont)
* Two Peas in a Pod (Chris McKimmie, A&U)
* My Uncle's Donkey (Tohby Riddle, Viking).
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
* Theme Parks, Playgrounds and Toys (Nicolas Brasch, Macmillan Education)
* Drawn from the Heart: A Memoir (Ron Brooks, A&U)
* Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front (Leon Davidson, Text)
* The Return of the Word Spy (Ursula Dubosarsky & Tohby Riddle, Viking)
* Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China (Alison Lloyd & Terry Denton, Puffin)
* Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon (One Arm Point Remote Community School, Magabala Books).
Congratulations to all shortlisted and notable authors!