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Other People / Other Places In Recent (2003-2004) Children’s Book Award Winners / Contenders From Five English Speaking Countries   


Ira E. Aaron and Sylvia M. Hutchinson


Readers of all ages can travel the world over by reading good books.  Books entertain; they inform; they inspire.  Books can reflect the present; they can transport readers back in time; they can take readers into the fictional future; and they can carry young and old readers into fantasy land.  On these trips by “book,” readers meet all kinds of people, many like themselves and some who are different.


            This presentation centers around the two most recent years (2003-2004) of winners of and contenders for selected children’s book awards from five mainly English speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and the United States.  The focus is mainly on people and places reflected in the books.  Brief attention will also be given to humor, one of several characteristics common to books from all five countries.


Though this report involves books in which awards were announced in 2003 and 2004, it is part of a larger study covering 24 years, back to awards announced in 1981.  This presentation is a part of the American Reading Forum’s 25th anniversary.  The presenters’ collection does include the winners of the awards for 1980, but they were never included in the study; they were added to the collection after the study was well underway.


            This report is the seventh about parts of the total study that have been given at annual meetings of the American Reading Forum.  Summaries of the previous presentations, all included in yearbooks of the American Reading Forum, are the following:


Aaron, I. E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (2003).  Most recent (2002) contenders for and winners of children’s book awards in five English-speaking countries.  In W. Trathen (Ed.) Reading at the Crossroads: Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XXIII.


Aaron, I.E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (2002) 2001 contenders/winners: Children’s book awards in five English-speaking countries.  In W. Trathen (Ed.) A Literacy Odyssey: Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XXII.


Aaron, I.E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (2001) Three years (1998-2000) of children’s book

award winners/contenders from five English-speaking countries. In G. Moorman, & W. Trathen (Eds). Multiple perspectives in the Millennium: Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XVIII.


Aaron I.E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (1998). 1997 Contenders/winners: Children’s book

awards  in five English speaking countries. In R. Telfer (Eds.) Finding our literacy roots:

Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XVIII.


Aaron I.E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (1996). Children’s book awards and 1995 shortlists

from five English speaking countries. In K Samperel, & B. Hayes (Eds.) Literacy: The information superhighway to success: Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XVI.


Aaron , I.E., & Hutchinson, S.M. (1991) Literacy through literature: International award winning children’s books. In B. Hayes, & K. Camperell (Eds.) Literacy: International, national, state and local: Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, XI.


            The two presenters began collecting award winners only from the five countries in 1986, 19 years ago. They collected winners back an additional five years, to 1981.  In each of the earlier years through 1991, approximately 10 to 12 winning titles were added to the collection. In 1992, 13 years ago, all contenders (finalists) as well as winners were collected, accounting for up to as many as 75 to 80 titles each year. The 2003-2004 books of concern in this report total 154.  It should be noted that Great Britain’s award dates are those in which the books were originally published; the remaining four countries list the year in which the awards were given, one year after publication.


The Awards, Announcement Dates, and Sources of Books


The Awards


            The selected award categories and the sponsoring organizations are the following:


            A1. AUSTRALIA: PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR  (Children’s Book Council of

       Australia) (CBCA)





                  (Canadian Library Association) (CLA)


G1. GREAT BRITAIN: KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL (Chartered Institute of Library

       and Information Professionals) (CILIP)


N1. NEW ZEALAND: RUSSELL CLARK MEDAL (Library and Information

       Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) (LIANZA)


U1. UNITED STATES:  CALDECOTT MEDAL (American Library Association) (ALA)



            The collection began with Caldecott and Newbery Medals of the American Library

Association. The selected award categories from the four non-U.S. countries were those the two presenters concluded were most like those of the United States awards.


            Library associations administer the awards in Canada (CLA) and in the United States (ALA). The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), which includes librarians, handles the Australia awards. The awards in Great Britain are given by CILIP, a recent merger of librarians and information professionals. New Zealand’s awards are administered by LIANZA, which also includes both librarians and information specialists. 


            All five countries have awards for illustration and for quality of literature. Australia has two in-between categories (A2-Elementary Readers, A3- Younger Readers). The A2-Elementary

Reader’s titles were considered as illustration and the A3-Younger Reader’s books as quality of literature. Throughout the rest of this report, the letters and numbers in the above listing of awards (as A1, A2, C1) will be used to identify award categories


Announcement Dates


            Award announcement dates vary some from year to year and from country to country. All countries except the United States announce shortlists, usually from approximately four to as many as 10 titles for each award, depending upon the country, several weeks to several months before winners are selected from the shortlisted books. The United States announces winners and honor books at the winter meeting of the American Library Association. Announcement dates for 2004 are given in Figure 1.


Figure 1.  2004 Announcement Dates for Shortlists and Winners

                                                Shortlists                      Winners

            Australia                       April 6                          August 20

Canada                        April 12                        June 9

            Great Britain                 April 30                        July 9

            New Zealand                August 9                       September 14

            United States                    ---                            January 12


Sources of Books


            Figure 2 lists the sources used in 2003 and 2004 for obtaining books. A single bookstore in each of the four non-U.S. countries serves as the source for the shortlisted books. Several local bookstores are used to obtain the United States titles and those non-U.S. titles available in the United States.


Figure 2. Sources of Books

               Australia: Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Melbourne

               Canada: Mabel’s Fables, Toronto

               Great Britain: Harrods, London

               New Zealand: Children’s Bookshop, Auckland (Ponsonby)

               United States: Local bookstores


Availability of Non-U.S. Titles in the United States


            When the study began in 1986, very few of the non-U.S. titles were available in the United States.  The situation is quite different today, as may be noted in the table below. Almost all (90%/93%) of the Canadian and the British books are published or distributed in the United States. One-half (48%) of the Australia titles are available in the United States. Only one of 20 (5%) of the New Zealand titles is published or distributed in the United States. It should be noted, however, that if New Zealand’s Margaret Mahy writes a children’s book, it will likely be marketed in the United States very soon thereafter. The one in 20 titles is Mahy’s Alchemy, shortlisted in 2003 for New Zealand’s Esther Glen Medal.


Table 1.  Available (Published or Distributed) in the United States (2003-2004)

                                    Illustration                     Qual. of Literature                    Total

            Australia           9 of 24 (38%)                14 of 24 (58%)                  23 of 48 (48%)

            Canada            20 of 20 (100%)            16 of 20 (80%)                  36 of 40 (90%)

            Great Britain     15 of 16 (94%)              12 of 13 (92%)                  27 of 29 (93%)

            New Zealand   0 of 10     -                       1 of 10 (10%)                    1 of 20 (5%)

                                    44 of 70 (63%)              43 of 67 (64%)                  87 of 137 (64%)


Other People (Diversity)


             A sampling of titles from 2003 and 2004 winners and contenders is presented below. Most of these examples center around minorities; however, within a given race, social or ethnic group, diversity exists (as different economic levels and rural versus city dwellers).


                        A1 (2003) In Flanders Fields (Allies/Germans)

                        A3 (2003) The Barrumbi Kids (Aborigine/Whites)

                        A4 (2004) Njunjul the Sun (Aborigine/Whites)

                        A4 (2004) Saving Francesca (Italian/Australian)

                        C1 (2003) Solomon’s Tree (Canadian/Indian)

                        C1 (2004) Suki’s Kimono (Japanese/Canadian)

                        C2 (2003) Hana’s Suitcase (Japanese/Czech/Jews)

                        G2 (2003) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Autistic boy)

                        G2 (2003) The Garbage King (Ethiopians)

                        N1 (2003) The Immigrants (Maori/Australian Whites)

                        N1 (2004) Oh Hogwash! Sweet Pea (Maori)

                        N2 (2003) Taming the Taniwha (Maori)

                        U1 (2004) The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (French/Americans)

                        U2 (2004) An American Plague (African American/Whites)


            Readers meet Aborigines in Australian books; Indians and Japanese Canadians in Canadian Books; Maoris in New Zealand titles; Irish and Scottish people in British books; and African Americans, Latin Americans, and Asian Americans in the United States books. These are just examples of the many people young readers meet as they read these books. Mary titles also focus on the majority populations in the countries. Across countries and groups, it may amaze young readers to learn that people are so much alike, regardless of where they live.



Other Places


            Books can take readers on trips to other places. Settings for the titles from five countries often are in the country in which the books were first published. However, occasional settings are in other countries, as may be noted in the titles in the samples listed below.



A1 (2003) In Flanders Fields (Flanders)

                        A1 (2004) Two Summers (Rural Australia)

                        A2 (2004) Little Humpty (Australian outback)

                        A3 (2003 The Barrumbi Kids (Australian outback)

                        A4 (2004) How to Make a Bird (Melbourne)

                        C1 (2003) The Art Room (Northwest Canada)

                        C1 (2004) Ode to Newfoundland (Newfoundland)

                        C2 (2004) Hana’s Suitcase (Japan/Austria/Canada)

                        C2 (2004) Last Days of Africville (Halifax)

                        G1 (2003) The Shape Game (London)

                        G2 (2002) The Edge (England)

                        N1 (2003) The Immigrants (New Zealand/Australia)

                        N2 (2004) Jacko Moran Sniper (Flanders/New Zealand)

                        N2 (2004) Thunder Road (Auckland)

                        U2 (2003) Hoot (Florida)


Commonalities Across Countries


            Common elements (such as settings, characteristics, and themes) can be seen in books from all five countries.  Winners and finalists across countries have stories involving humor, bullies, good family relations, dysfunctional families, prejudice, and war.  The titles listed below all contain examples of humor, to illustrate one of the elements common across countries.  Some of these books will bring smiles to the faces of young readers; others will make them laugh out loud.  People laugh - and cry - in a universal language.


                        A1 (2003) Diary of a Wombat

                        A2 (2004) Snap! Went Chester

                        A3 (2003) Horrendo’s Curse

                        A3 (2004) TruckDogs: A Novel in Four Bites

                        C1 (2004) Stanley’s Party

                        C1 (2004) This Is the Dog

                        G1 (2002) Albert Le Blanc

                        G1 (2003) The Pea and the Princess

                        G1 (2003) Ella’s Big Chance

                        N1 (2004) Oh Hogwash Sweet Pea!

                        N1 (2004) Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer

                        U1 (2003) My Friend Rabbit

                        U1 (2004) Ella Sue Gets Dressed

                        U2 (2003) Hoot


Brief Reviews of Selected Titles

As examples, 13 of the illustrated and 12 of the quality of literature books are reviewed in brief form below.  For each book, the literary type or genre is given, and when available, the interest level in terms of grades is included in parentheses.  These 25 titles are given as examples from the total collection for the two years, mainly to reflect people, places, and humor.  An asterisk (*) to the left of an author/ illustrator name indicates that the book is a winner. Others were finalists (shortlisted or Honor Books).


Illustrated Titles


*A1 (2003) Norman Jorgensen/ Brian Harrison-Lever (ill.)  In Flanders Fields.  Freemantle Arts Center Press.  (US: Simply Read Books, 2003) (3-5)  Flanders Fields, World War I, early Christmas morning, robin trapped in barbed wire between enemy trenches, young Allied soldier risking his life to rescue the bird, empathy across enemy lines:  In text and expressive illustrations, the story tells how the spirit of Christmas across enemy trenches temporarily silences the soldiers’ weapons. (Historical fiction/ Realistic fiction)


A1 (2004)  Libby Gleeson/ Ann James (ill.)  Shutting the Chooks In.  Scholastic Australia. The story, told in lyrical text and appealing, dreamlike illustrations done in charcoal and oil pastels, is about a young boy whose job is to round up the chooks before nightfall and to feed them.  When he discovers that one chook is missing, he goes back to find the stray.  (Also shortlisted for Book of the Year:  Early Childhood.) (Verse)


*A2 (2003)  Penny Matthews/Andrew McLean (ill.)  A Year on Our Farm.  Scholastic Australia.  In watercolor illustrations and text, “ a year on our farm”  (a small Australian farm) is reviewed month by month, season by season in terms of activities and jobs associated with that time of year.  (Also shortlisted for Australia’s Picture Book of the Year) (Information/ Realistic fiction)


A2 (2004) Margaret Wild/ Ann James (ill.)  Little Humpty.  Little Hare.  (US:  Simply Read Books, 2004)  Big Humpty tires of constant play with Little Humpty, who asks inanimate objects (rock, bush, pebbles) to play with him.  Then Big Humpty takes him a long way over the desert on the way to the Big Waterhole.  Little Humpty, along the way, guesses the kind of animals he will find at the end of the journey.  When he arrives, he finds many playmates.  Illustrations containing much orange and yellow project the heat of the desert. (Fantasy)


*C1 (2003) Susan Vande Griek/Pacal Milelli (ill.)  The Art Room.  Groundwood.  (US:  Groundwood, 2002)  In blank verse and oil paintings, a tribute is paid to painter Emily Carr, a gifted Canadian artist of the early 1900s. (Verse/Information)


C1 (2004) Sir Cavendish Boyle (lyrics)/ Geoff Butler (ill.)  Ode to Newfoundland.  Tundra.  (US: Tundra, 2003) (All ages)  Butler’s love for Newfoundland is shown in the illustrations accompanying the lyrics of the provincial anthem of Newfoundland and of Labrador.  The illustrations give readers a tour of parts of the Province and include native plants and animals.  An Afterword explains the background of a number of the illustrations.  (Verse/Information)


C1 (2004) Chieri Uegak/ Stephane Jorisch (ill.) Suki’s Kimono. Kids Can Press.  (US:  Kids Can Press, 2003) (K-3) Strong-willed Suki, despite protests of her two older sisters, insists on wearing to school on the first day the blue kimono and clogs her grandmother  (obachan) had given her; her obachan had then taken her to a street festival. Fellow first graders had snickered at first but then applauded when she demonstrated a dance she had seen at the festival. After school, Suki’s sisters complained that nobody had noticed their new clothes. Suki’s kimono, in contrast, had made her the center of attention. Watercolor illustrations carry out the Japanese theme. (Realistic fiction)


G1 (2002) Nick Butterworth. Albert Le Blanc. Collins. (US: Albert the Bear, Candlewick, 2003)

(PS-up) Sad-faced French bear Albert Le Blanc, newly arrived in a toy store, gets the attention of the other toys. They put on a show to try to make the toy bear smile. The accidental fall of one of the clumsy performers not only makes the bear grin but makes him laugh out loud. (Fantasy)


G1 (2003) Anthony Browne. The Shape Game. Doubleday. (US: FSG, 2003) (2-up) In text and illustrations, Browne tells of a family visit to the Tate Gallery in London, a day he says changed his life. He presents copies of selected Gallery paintings with his family viewing them, or occasionally with the family being part of the paintings. His mother’s shape game played on the way home from the Gallery is one he continues to play. (Autobiography)


*N1 (2003) Allan Bagnall/Sarah Wilkins (ill.) The Immigrants. Maillinson Rendel. After her mother’s death, Maria leaves Sydney aboard a small ship to find her father in the New Zealand gold fields. The story setting is 1858. Young Ihaia, a Maori crewmember, talked the captain into letting Maria serve as ship’s cook to pay for her passage. Maria and Ihaia spend much time together on the trip. On the weeklong crossing of the Tasman Sea, they ran into a bad storm but were able to keep afloat. Colorful illustrations add depth to the story. An epilogue reports that Maria and her friend Ihaia later married and remained in New Zealand. Several Maori words are used in the text. (Realistic fiction)


*N1 (2004) Lloyd Jones/Graeme Gash (ill.) Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer. Mallinson Rendel. French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, on summer vacation in Corsica, sponsors a Napoleon-look-alike contest. Chicken farmer Manoli, longing to be something else, wins the contest, which was judged by the Emperor himself. Manoli likes his new image so much that he won’t go back to chicken-farming – until the chickens revolt! Appealing illustrations in striking color accompany the text. (Fantasy)


*U1 (2004) Mordicai Gerstein. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Roaring Brook Press (Millbrook). In lyrical prose and expressive ink and oil paintings, Gerstein tells the true story of a young French aerialist’s daring walk in 1974 between the two towers of New York’s World Trade Center, more than a fourth of a century before their destruction on 9/11/01. (Information/Biography)

U1 (2004) Steve Jenkins & Robin Page. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?  Houghton      Mifflin. (PS-3) In cut-paper collage pictures and text phrased as questions, readers are shown illustrations of animal/bird/insect body parts (tails, eyes, mouths, noses, ears, and feet) and are asked about their use. In all, 30 different animals/birds/insects from around the world are shown. At the end further information is given about each one. (Information)

Quality of Literature Titles

A3 (2003) Leonie Narrington. The Barrumbi Kids. Scholastic Australia. Dale (white) and Tomias (Aborigine) are best friends in and out of school and feel comfortable in both white and Aborigine cultures. The story, set in Australian outback in a small, isolated community, contains many references to animals and plants of the area as well as to Aborigine customs and beliefs. (Realistic fiction/Fantasy)

A3 (2004) Graeme Base. TruckDogs: A Novel in Four Bites. Viking Penguin. (US: Abrams, 2004) (3-7) In four bites (chapters) and a nip (afterword), the author retells the story about the TruckDogs, told to him by Molly, his dog. Part truck, part dogs, the TruckDogs face bullies, rambunctious adolescent TruckDogs, and other part truck, part animals. Illustrations depicting specific TruckDogs add to the humor. The setting is modeled on the Australian outback. (Fantasy)

A4 (2003) Catherine Bateson. Painted Love Letters. (University of Queensland Press) (US: International Specialized Services, 2002). Chrissie’s Dad Dave, an artist, is dying of lung cancer, and Chrissie, Mum, and Dave himself are facing the inevitable. Dave’s life seems to be hanging on until a planned exhibition of his paintings takes place. Nan, Mum’s mother, comes from Sydney to the Brisbane area to be with them. Though the shadow of death hovers over the entire story, growing trust among family members develops. (Realistic fiction)

A4 (2004) David Metzenthen. Boys of Blood & Bone. Penguin Australia. (US: Penguin, 2004) This story interweaves present-day Australians and a small group of young World War I Aussie soldiers at Flanders. Henry, soon to be off to University, learns about Andy, who was killed in World War I fighting, from Andy’s war diary kept by his fiancé, now 101 years old. Actions described occurred in a small Australian town and in Melbourne, France, Scotland, and England. The devastation and horrors of trench warfare are described vividly. (Realistic fiction/Historical fiction)

*C2 (2003) Karen Levine: Hana’s Suitcase. Second Story Press. (US: Whitman, 2003) (5-8) The suitcase of a young Jewish girl, who died at Auschwitz, on display in a small Holocaust museum in Japan, motivates the Director to trace the history of the suitcase’s owner. Young readers will learn much about the tragic Holocaust from the interweaving of historical fiction and information, supported by photographs. (Information/Historical fiction)

C2 (2004) Dorothy Perkyns. Last Days of Africville. Beach House Publishing. (US: Beach House Publishing, 2003) (4-7) Twelve-year-old Selina, an African Canadian living in the Halifax area in the mid 1960s, is the main character in the story about relationships, prejudice, and survival. As the only black student in her sixth grade class, she faces prejudice from fellow students, but it is counteracted by her superior academic performance and her athletic ability.  Uncertainty arises for her and her community when the city council plans to abolish Africville for other construction. (Realistic fiction)

*C2 (2002) Sharon Creech. Ruby Holler. Bloomsbury. (US: HarperCollins, 2002) (3-7) The 13-year-old “trouble” twins, Dallas (a dreamer) and Florida (a rebel), have spent their entire lives in a run-down orphanage, spelled briefly by stays in foster homes, until foster parents quickly return them to the orphanage. Then Sairy and Tiller, a country couple, take then to their isolated but peaceful Ruby Holler home. Good cooking, understanding, and patience lead the twins to feel loved and wanted. (Realistic fiction)

G2 (2003) Mark Haddon. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. David Fickling. (US: Doubleday, 2003) (7-up) Haddon, in this skillfully written novel, set in Swindon and in London, takes readers into the narrowed world of 15-year-old autistic Christopher, a genius in mathematics and in science. When falsely accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, he sets out to find the real killer – and also learns a family secret. The vivid descriptions (sad with touches of humor) of the effects his condition has upon him, his parents, and those he meets will help readers to understand autism better. (Realistic fiction)

N2 (2003) Margaret Mahy. Alchemy. HarperCollins. (US: McElderry, 2003) (7-up) Seventeen-year-old Roland and classmate Jess, a recluse who is ridiculed by her peers, are drawn together, first by trickery and then by similar supernatural abilities, in this tale involving blackmail, unbridled ambition of a politician/magician, and alchemy. (Fantasy)

*N2 (2004) Ken Catran. Jacko Moran Sniper. Lothian. In this sequel to Letters from the Coffin-Trenches, shortlisted in 2003 for this same award, Jacko, a street kid from a dysfunctional family, found his element in the army and became an expert sniper and a World War I hero fighting in the trenches of Flanders. When Jacko returned to civilian life after the war, he had very serious adjustment problems. The story, set mostly on the terrible battlefields of Flanders, is well written but is strong emotional fare.

U2 (2003) Stephanie S. Tolan. Surviving the Applewhites. HarperCollins. (4-7) Teenage (13) spike-haired Jake, kicked out of Rhode Island schools and foster homes, comes to North Carolina to live with his grandfather. After Jake is expelled from his North Carolina school, he is enrolled in a “home school” run by the disorganized Applewhite family. Jake survives, thanks to attention from four-year-old Destiny and the family dog plus a singing role in a community musical production. (Realistic fiction)

U2 (2004) Jim Murphy. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Clarion Books. A mysterious fever devastated Philadelphia, the Nation’s capital, killing several thousand people and causing mass evacuations (including President Washington and other government leaders). Medical doctors and others debated causes and treatments. This book is a scholarly, documented look back at an important part of United States history. (Information/History)

The 154 Winners/Contenders for 2003/2004

            Listed below are references for the 154 winning and contending titles for the past two years (2003/2004) in the 12 award categories. For non-U.S. titles available in the United States, the U.S. publishers or distributors and dates of publication are included. When interest levels were available, that information is presented in terms of grade levels. An asterisk (*) to the left of an entry signifies that the book is a winner. All other books are contenders (shortlisted titles or honor books).


A1. AUSTRALIA: Picture Book of the Year (CBCA)
 *Joan Grant/Neil Curtis (ill.) Cat and Fish. Lothian. (US: Simply Read, 2005)
2 Margaret Babalet/Andrew McLean (ill.) Reggie, Queen of the Street. Viking Penguin.

0 Libby Gleeson/Ann James (ill.) Shutting the Chooks In. Scholastic Australia.

0 John Heffernan/Freda Blackwood (ill.) Two Summers. Scholastic Australia.

4 Stephen Michael King. Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat. Allen & Unwin. (US:  Philomel,

   2004) (PS-3)

   Colin Thompson. The Violin Man. Hodder.

 *Norman Jorgenson/Brian Harrison-Lever (ill.) In Flanders Fields.

   Freemantle Arts Center Press. (US: Simply Read, 2003) (3-5)

2 Pamela Allen. The Potato People. Penguin Books Australia.

0 Jackie French/BruceWhatley (ill.) Diary of a Wombat. Harper Collins.

0 Australia. (US: Clarion, 2003) (PS-3)

3 Bob Graham. Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child. Walker Books (US: Candlewick, 2002) (PS-2)

   Leigh Hobbs. Old Tom’s Holiday. ABC Books. (US: Peachtree, 2004)

   Penny Matthews/Andrew McLean (ill.) A Year on Our Farm. Scholastic Australia.


A2. Australia: Book of the Year: Early Childhood (CBCA)

 *Pamela Allen. Grandpa and Thomas. Viking Penguin.

2 Margaret Babalet/Andrew McLean (ill.) Reggie, Queen of the Street. Viking Penguin.

0 Tania Cox/David Miller (ill.) Snap! Went Chester. Hodder.

0 Libby Gleeson/Ann James (ill.) Shutting the Chooks In. Scholastic Australia.

4 Margaret Wild/David Legg (ill.) Baby Boomsticks. ABC Books.

   Margaret Wild/Ann James (ill.) Little Humpty. Little Hare. (US: Simply Read, 2004)

 *Penny Matthews/Andrew McLean (ill.) A Year on Our Farm. Scholastic Australia.

   Pamela Allen. The Potato People. Penguin Books Australia.

2 Simon French/Donna Rawlins (ill.) Guess the Baby. ABC Books. (US: Clarion, 2003) (PS-2)

0 Sofie Laguna/Kerry Agent (ill.) Too Loud Lily. Omnibus Books. (US: Scholastic, 2004)

0 Lisa Shanahan/Emma Quay (ill.) Bear And Chook. Hodder.

3 Jane Tanner. Playmates. Penguin Books Australia.


A3. AUSTRALIA:  Book of the Year: Younger Reads (CBCA)

 *Carole Wilkinson. Dragonkeeper. Black Dog Books. (US: Hyperion, 2005)

2 Graeme Base. TruckDogs: A Novel in Four Bites. Viking Penguin. (US: Abrams, 2004) (PS-2)

0 Steven Herrick/Caroline Mageri (ill.) Do-Wrong Ron. Allen & Unwin.

0 Glenda Millard/Caroline Mageri (ill.) The Naming of Tishkin Silk. ABC Books.

4 Ruth Starke. Stella by the Sea.  Penguin.

   Michael Stephens.  Mudlark. Angus & Robertson.

*Catherine Bateson. Rain May and Captain Daniel. University of Queensland Press.

   (US: International Specialized Book Services, 2003) (PS-3)

2 Ann Fienberg/Kim Gamble (ill.) Horrendo’s Curse. Allen & Unwin. (US: Annic

0 Press) (2-5)

0 Simon French. Where in the World. Little Hare Books.

3 Steven Herrick. Tom Jones Saves the World. University of Queensland Press.

   (US: International Specialized Book Services, 2003) (PS-3)

   Martine Murray. The Slightly True Story of Cedar Hartley

   (who planned to live an unusual life).

   Allen & Unwin. (US Levine, 2003) (4-9)

   Leonie Narrington. The Barrumbi Kids. Scholastic Australia.


A4. AUSTRALIA: Book of the Year: Older Readers (CBCA)

 *Melina Marchetta. Saving Francesca. Viking Penguin. (US: Knopf, 2004) (7-up)

2 Scot Gardner. Burning Eddy. Viking Penguin.

0 David Metzenthen. Boys of Blood & Bone. Penguin Australia. (US: Penguin, 2004)

0 James Moloney. Black Taxi. Angus & Robertson.

4 Martine Murray. How to Make a Bird. Allen & Unwin.

   Garth Nix. Mister Monday. Angus & Robertson. (US: Scholastic, 2003) (4-7)

 *Markus Zusak.  The Messenger. Pan Macmillan Australia. (US: I Am the Messenger.

   Knopf, 2005)

2 James Aldredge. The Girl from the Sea. Penguin Books Australia. (US: Penguin 2004)

0 Catherine Bateson. Painted Love Letters. University of Queensland Press.

0 (US: International Specialized Book Services, 2002)

3 Jan Bone. The Song of the Innocent Bystander. Penguin Books Australia. (US: Dutton, 2004)


   Alyssa Brugman. Walking Naked. Allen & Unwin. (US: Delacorte, 2004) (7-up)

   Meme McDonald & Bori Monty Pryor. Njunjul the Sun. Allen & Unwin.


C1. CANADA: Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal (CLA)

  *Linda Bailey/Bill Slavin (ill.) Stanley’s Party. Kids Can Press. (US: Kids Can Press, 2003)


2 Kathleen Bradford/Leslie Elizabeth Watts (ill.) You Can’t Rush a Cat. Orca.

0 (US: Orca, 2003) (PS-3)

0 Geoff Butler. Ode to Newfoundland. Tundra. (US: Tundra, 2003) (YA)

4 Jean Little/Werner Zimmerman (ill.) Pippin the Christmas Pig. Scholastic.

   (US: Scholastic, 2004) (PS-3)

   Robert Munsch/Janet Wilson (ill.) Lighthouse. Scholastic. (US: Cartwheel Books, 2003) (PS-3)

   Sheryl McFarland/Chrissie Wysotsk (ill.) This Is the Dog. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

   (US: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003) (PS-2)

   Barbara Reid. The Subway Mouse. Scholastic. (US: Scholastic, 2005)

   Maxine Trottier/Stella East (ill.) The Paint Box. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

   (US: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003) (K-3)

   Ruby Wiebe/Michael Lonechild (ill.) Hidden Buffalo. Red Deer Press.

   (US: Red Deer Press, 2004) (PS-3)

   Chieri Uefgak/Stephane Jorisch (ill.) Suki’s Kimono. Kids Can Press.

   (US: Kids Can Press, 2003) (K-3)

 *Susan Vande Friek/Pascal Milelli (ill.) The Art Room. Groundwood.

   (US: Groundwood, 2002) (PS-3)

2 Anne L. Carter/Alan & Lea Daniel (ill.) Under the Prairie Sky. Orca. (US: Orca, 2002) (PS-5)

0 Douglas Cowling/Jason Walker. (ill.) Hallelujah Handel. North Winds.

0 (US: Scholastic, 2003) (4-7)

3 Wallace Edwards. Alphabeasts. Kids Can Press. (US: Kids Can Press, 2002) (All ages)

   Nancy Hundal/Brain Deines (ill.) Camping. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

   (US: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002) (PS-3)

   Julie Lawson/Paul Mombourquette (ill.) The Klondike Cat. Kids Can Press.

   (US: Kids Can Press, 2002) (All ages)

   Annette LeBox/Karen Reszuch (ill.) Salmon Creek. Groundwood. (US: Publishers

   Group West, 2002)

   Majorie Blain Parker/Janet Wilson (ill.) Jasper’s Day. Kids Can Press. (US: Kids

   Can Press, 2002) (PS-up)

   Jack Siemiatycki & Avi Slodovnick/Doris Barrette (ill.) The Hockey Card.

   Lobster Press. (US: Publishers Group West, 2002) (PS-3)

   Andrea Spalding/Janet Wilson (ill.) Solomon’s Tree. Orca. (US: Orca, 2002) (K-3)


C2. CANADA: Book of the Year for Children (CLA)

 *Brian Doyle. Boy O’ Boy. Groundwood. (US: Groundwood, 2004) (4-8)

   Michael Bedard. The Painted Wall and Other Strange Tales. Tundra.

   (US: Tundra, 2004)

2 Grace Casselman. A Hole in the Hedge. Napolean Publishing. (US: Sagebrush

0 Education, 2003)

0 Sarah Ellis. The Several Lives of Orphan Jack.  Groundwood. (US: Groundwood, 2003) (2-5)

4 Natale Ghent. No Small Thing. HarperCollins Canada. (US: Candlewick, 2004)

   Jean Little. Brothers Far from Home. Scholastic.

   Jean Little. I Gave My Mom a Castle.  Orca. (US: Orca, 2004) (4-up)

   Dorothy Perkyns. Last Days of Africville. Beach House Publisher. (US:

   Beach House Publisher, 2003) (4-7)

   Eric Walters. Run. Penguin.

   Friedo Wishinsky. Just Cal Me Joe. Orca. (US: Orca, 2004) (2-6)

 *Karen Levine. Hana’s Suitcase. Second Story Press. (US: Whitman, 2003) (5-8)

   Joan Clark. The Word for Home. Penguin Canada.

2 Debroah Ellis. A Company of Fools. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. (US: Fitzhenry &

0 Whiteside, 2002) (3-6)

0 Debroah Ellis. Parvana’s Journey. Groundwood. (US: Groundwood, 2002) (5-up)

3 James Heneghan. Flood. Groundwood. (US: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002) (7-up)

   Julie Lawson. A Ribbon of Shining Steel: The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron.

   Scholastic Canada.

   Jean Little. Birdie for Now. Orca. (US: Orca, 2002) (4-7)

   Kenneth Oppel. Firewing. HarperCollins Canada. (US: Simon & Schuster, 2003)


   Irene Watts. Finding Sophie. Tundra. (US: Tundra, 2002) (5-up)

   Paul Yee/Harvey Chan (ill.) Dead Man’s Gold and Other Stories. Groundwood.

   (US: Groundwood, 2002) (6-up)


G1. GREAT BRITAIN. Kate Greenaway Medal (CILIP)

 *Shirley Hughes. Ella’s Big Chance. Bodley Head. (US: Red Fox, 2005) (1-up)

   Anthony Browne. The Shape Game. Doubleday. (US: FSG, 2003) (2-up)

2 Alexis Deacon. Beegu. Hutchinson. (US: FSG, 2004) (K-2)

0 Alan Durant/ Debi Gliori (ill.) Always And Forever. Doubleday. (US: Harcourt,

0 2004) (PS-3)

3 Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean (ill.) The Wolves in the Walls. Bloomsbury. (US:

   Harper, 2003) (4-up)

   Mini Grey. The Pea and the Princess. Red Fox. (US: The Very Sweet Pea and

   the Princess-to-be, Knopf, 2003 ) (1-up)

   Andrew Matthews/Bee Willey (ill.) Bob Robber and Dancing Jane. Jonathan

   Cape. (US: Jonathan Cape, 2003) (1-4)

   Chris Wormall. Two Frogs. Bodley Head. (PS-up)

 *Bob Graham. Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child. Walker. (US: Candlewick, 2003) (PS-2)

   Giles Andrea/Nick Sharratt (ill.) Pants. David Finkling Books. (US: Random

   House, 2003)

2 Simon Batram. Man on the Moon. Templar. (US: Candlewick, 2002) (PS-3)

0 Nick Butterworth. Albert Le Blanc. Collins. (US: Albert the Bear,

0 Candlewick, 2003) (PS-up)

2 Lauren Child. That Pesky Rat. Orchard. (US: Candlewick, 2002) (PS-2)

   Lauren Child. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? Hodder. (US: Hyperion, 2003)


   David Melling. The Kiss That Missed. Hodder. (US: Barron’s, 2002) (PS-2)

   Helen Ward. The Cockeral and the Fox. Templar. (US: The Rooster and

   the Fox, Millbrook, 2003)


G2. GREAT BRITAIN. Carnegie Medal (CILIP)

 *Jennifer Donnelly. A Gathering Light. Bloomsbury. (US: A Northern Light,

   Harcourt, 2003)

   David Almond. The Fire Eaters. Hodder. US: Delacorte, 2004) (4-7)

2 Mark Haddon. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. David

0 Fickling Books. (US: Doubleday, 2003) (7-up)

0 Elizabeth Laird. The Garbage King. Macmillan. (US: Barron’s, 2003) (5-up)

3 Michael Morpugo. Private Peaceful. Collins. (US: Scholastic, 2004) (5-up)

   Linda Newbery. Sisterland. David Fickling Books. (US: Random House, 2004) (YA)

 *Sharon Creech. Ruby Holler. Bloomsbury. (US: HarperCollins, 2002) (3-7)

   Kevin Brooks. Martyn Pig. Chicken House. (US: Scholastic, 2002) (5-up)

2 Anne Fine. Up on Cloud Nine. Doubleday. (US: Delacorte, 2002) (7-up)

0 Alan Gibbons. The Edge. Dolphin (6-up)

0 Lian Hearn. Across the Nightingale Floor. Macmillan. (US: Putnam, 2002) (9-up)

2 Linda Newbury. The Shell House. David Fickling Books. (US: Random House,

   2002) (9-up)

   Marcus Sedgwick. The Dark Horse. Dolphin. (US: Random House, 2003) (6-up)


N1. NEW ZEALAND: Russell Clark Medal  (LIANZA)

 *Lloyd Jones/Graeme Gash (ill.) Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer. Mallinson

2 Rendel.

0 Pamela Allen. Grandpa and Thomas. Penguin/Viking.

0 Gavin Bishop. The Three Billy-Goats-Gruff. Scholastic New Zealand.

4 Ngareta Gabel/Ali Teo and Astrid Jenson (ill.) Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea!  Huia.

   Richard and Pamela Wolfe. Mouse on the Moon. Scholastic.

 *Allan Bagnall/Sarah Wilkins (ill.) The Immigrants. Mallinson Rendel.

2 Pamela Allen. The Potato People. Viking.

0 David Elliot. Pigtails the Pirate. Random House.

0 Diana Noonan/Elizabeth Fuller (ill.) The Best Dressed Bear. Scholastic New

3 Zealand.

   Diana Noonan/Christine Ross (ill.) Auntie Rose and the Rabbit.  Scholastic

   New Zealand.


N2. NEW ZEALAND: Esther Glen Medal (LIANZA)

 *Ken Catran. Jacko Moran Sniper.  Lothian.

2 Ted Dawe.  Thunder Road.  Longacre.

0 Brian Falkner. Henry and the Flea. Mallinson Rendel.

0 V.M. Jones. Juggling with Mandarins. HarperCollins.

4 V.M. Jones. The Serpents of Arakesh. HarperCollins.

 *David Hill. Right Where It Hurts. Mallinson Rendel.

2 Ken Catran. Letters from the Coffin-Trenches. Random House.

0 Sarah Ell. When the War Came Home. Scholastic New Zealand.

0 V.M. Jones. Buddy. HarperCollins.

3 Margaret Mahy. Alchemy. HarperCollins. (US: McElderry, 2003) (7-up)


U1. UNITED STATES: Caldecott Medal  (ALA)

2*Mordicai Gerstein. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Roaring Brook Press.

0  Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed.  Harcourt. (PS-K)

0  Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?  Houghton.

4  Mo Williams. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  Hyperion. (PS-1)

2*Eric Rohmann. My Friend Rabbit. Millbrooke Press. (PS-3)

0  Mary Howitt/Tony DiTerlizzi (ill.) The Spider and the Fly. Simon & Schuster.

0  (PS-3)

3  Peter McCarty. Hondo & Fibian. Holt. (PS-4)

    Jerry Pinkney. Noah’s Ark. Sea Star. (K-3)


U2. UNITED STATES: Newbery Medal (ALA)

2*Kate DiCamillo/Timothy Basil Ering (ill.) The Tale of Despereaux.

0  Candlewick. (2-7)

0  Kevin Henkes. Olive’s Ocean. Greenwillow. (5-up)

4  Jim Murphy. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow

    Fever Epidemic of 1793.Clarion. (5-9)

 *Avi. The Cross of Lead.  Hyperion. (4-7)

2 Nancy Farmer. The House of the Scorpion. Atheneum. (7-12)

0 Patricia Reilly Giff. Pictures of Hollis Woods. Random House. (4-7)

0 Carl Hiaasen. Hoot. Knopf. (4-7)

3 Ann M. Martin. A Corner of the Universe. Scholastic. (4-7)

   Stephanie S. Tolan. Surviving the Applewhites. HarperCollins. (4-7)






In Summary


            This report focused mainly on people and places in recent (2003/2004) winners of and contenders for the top children’s book awards in five mainly English speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and the United States. The 154 children’s books that formed the basis for this report are among the very best books published during the period of the study. It is hoped that this review will aid teachers, librarians, teachers of teachers, and others in the selection of books to use in their work with children and with college students preparing to be teachers.  Children who read these books will strengthen their understanding that people, regardless of where they live, are much more alike than they are different.