Archive for July, 2012

Picture Book Awards!

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Competitions, Good reads

If you have been in the school library lately, and we hope you have, you may have noticed an influx of colourful picture books in the reading area. Thrillingly, these books were authored by none other than our very own Year 8 students as part of the school’s annual Picture Book Competition. Today we are pleased to share with you the winners of our competition and to show you some photos of the award-winning books (sadly not all of the award-winning books, as many were being enthusiastically read at the time of this blog post). We can also share with you the comments made by our very special competition judge, famous Australian children’s author Sally Rippin. Enjoy!

Early Childhood Winners

Alphabet by Zoe Eakins
‘This book is beautifully designed with striking collage illustrations. A delighful alphabet book for the very young.’

The Three Little Carrots by Michelle Edhie Wahidin
‘A wonderful story based on the Three Little Pigs, but starring a family of carrots. Beautifully written and illustrated with a particularly attractive cover.’

Early Childhood Honour Books

Kevin by Nicolette Ciccarelli
‘A great book with a lesson for people young and old about how just to be yourself. The illustrations are bright and attractive and the rhyming text is lots of fun to read aloud.’

Every Day 10 Kids Went Out To Play by Shir Barak
‘Here is a book that provides lots of fun for young readers through bright illustrations and flaps to lift, as well as teaching children about numbers.’

Best Picture Book Winners

Dino Hunters by Mitchell Lowe
‘A wonderfully illustrated book for children about dinosaurs. The photograps of scenes constructed in Lego and plastic toys are brilliant and the overall production of the book is top quality.’

The First Sunday of Summer by Ilaria Matruglio
‘Another beautiful production, illustrated by hand in a bright, fresh style with endearing characters. This is a lovely story about a day at the beach that almost ends in disaster.’

Honour Books- Picture Book Category

The Life of a Tree by Liam Malone Beautiful pastel illustrations compliment this story with a strong message about treating our environment with respect and care.

Spirit of the Lion Dance by Patrick Guan
‘A fascinating story about the history of traditional Chinese Lion dancing told with authenticity and a storyteller’s voice.’ 

Design Award Winners

The Lonely Girl by Mary Liu
‘A stunningly illustrated book combining collage and Manga-style drawings. The illustrator’s sense of colour and layout is sophisticated and stylish.’

 A Circular Journey by Suriani Lim
‘Great design and gorgeous illustrations in collage and pencil are the perfect accompaniment for this beautiful story about finding a friend.’

Honour Books – Design Awards Category

Mr Fluffy’s Trip by Sai Deshmukh
An entertaining story, beautifully illustrated, teaching children about numbers, time and fruit, reminiscent of the children’s classic, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’.

 Words by Alexandra Fielding
A fascinating and eclectic book of quotes, illustrated in a mixture of mediums including collage, paint and pen. The overall feel of this book is unique and quirky.

Older Reader Picture Book

The Final Countdown by Rowan Welsh
‘Here is a collection of stunning illustrations, skilfully and meticulously rendered to accompany a simple counting text.’

 Sad by Kaydi Hamilton
‘This is a sophisticated picture book for older readers about the desperation of solitude. The photographic illustrations work well with the sombre story.’

 Honour Books – Older Readers Category

Unrequited Hope by Isobel Bond
Beautiful photographic illustrations and sophisticated design are the perfect match for this story of an ungrateful princess and a simple shoe-maker.

Sometimes by Rose Gamble 8B2
‘This is a beautiful picture book for older readers exploring those darker days that are familiar to us all.’ 

ESL Award Winners

The Grave by Yunxi and Madeleine
‘Delicate illustrations in pencil accompany this beautiful story about the value of friendship.’

A Guide To Happiness by Christine and May
‘This is a very sweet story for younger readers about how inviting happiness into your life can make you less alone in the world.’ 

 Honour Book

 By Ketong Pan and Xiaofei Li
‘This dark fairy tale based on Sleeping Beauty is stunningly illustrated giving it a modern twist.’