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Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced, ahead of Children’s Book Week.

Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley is the winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year in the Early Childhood category for 2017.

Go Home, Cheeky Animals! is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Too Many Cheeky Dogs, which was published in 2013. The story is about a camp that is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

“At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action!”

More than 400 books were entered in the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, highlighting the strength and richness of Australian publishing for children, and the talent of those who create the books.

Receiving honours in the same category were Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan and Gary by Leila Rudge.

The other nominees were:
  • All I want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke (illustrations by Megan Forward)
  • Chip by Kylie Howarth
  • The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers (illustrations by Mark Jackson)
Goodstart Early Learning has partnered with the Children’s Book Council of Australia to celebrate Children’s Book Week, which runs from 19-26 August under the theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

Greg Antcliff, National Manager Professional Practice, said the partnership is aimed at helping children develop a lifelong love of reading.

“Literacy development is foundational for doing well at school, socialising with others, developing independence, and succeeding in life.

“A child’s brain is constantly forming connections which are strengthened by activities like reading. Reading to children and then teaching them to read promotes healthy brain development that lasts a lifetime,” Mr Antcliff said.

“Reading stories also is a catalyst for a child’s imagination and curiosity and enables them to learn the difference between real and make-believe.”

Literacy plays a big part of the curriculum at Goodstart in every centre, every day.

“Our educators and children will be participating in Book week in a variety of learning experiences and events to highlight the importance of emergent literacy. Book themed parties, excursions to the local library and story-telling events are just some of the activities planned,” Mr Antcliff said.

“Our aim is to ensure that every child in every centre has access to high-quality books to enrich their imagination and help develop vital language and literacy skills from an early age.”

For more information about Children’s Book Week visit:


Posted by Goodstart
18 August 2017

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