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Best books announced

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia book of the year award winners have been announced, ahead of Children’s Book Week from August 20-26.

The awards are celebrating their 70th year and more than 400 books were entered in 2016.

The winner of the Early Childhood category was Mr Huff by Anna Walker which is a story about the clouds and the sunshine in each of our lives.

Bill is having a bad day and can't get rid of Mr Huff, who is a cloud. Bill tries to get rid of him but Mr Huff grows and grows until they both stop . . .  and something surprising happens.

Receiving honours in the same category were The Cow Tripped Over The Moon by Tony Wilson (illustrations by Laura Wood) and Perfect by Danny Barker (illustrated by Freya Blackwood).

The other nominees were: 
  • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey (illustrations by Aaron Blabey)
  • Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh
  • My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester
Goodstart Early Learning Brighton centre director Shannon Payne said children loved their reading time.

“We look for books that have great colourful illustrations and that have a really simple message for children with easy to understand words,” Ms Payne said.

“In our kindergarten room, the children respond to rhyming because the words sound similar to music and the children can predict what’s coming next.”

She said the children also gravitated towards books which mirrored events happening in their lives such as There’s a House Inside My Mummy which talks about the arrival of a new sibling.

Books play a big part of the curriculum at the centre, with the children and educators preparing for book week next week.

“We will be having a dress up for everyone here and the kindergarten children can dress up as their favourite story character,” Ms Payne said.

“It’s all about the children choosing their favourite book and character from home. They can dress up as anything they feel like they want to be and we have costumes here for those who can’t decide.”

A new study published in the Economic Journal stated children who have a large number of books in the house when they’re growing up tend to be higher earners later in life.

The study found that children with many books enjoyed higher returns to their additional education and were more likely to move to the better-earning opportunities in cities than those with less books.
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