Winner of the Australian Children’s Book Council’s 2020 Book of the...

Winner of the Australian Children’s Book Council’s 2020 Book of the...
Winner of the Australian Children’s Book Council’s 2020 Book of the...
“I relate to real life so I find traction in my stories … to tell the truth as much as possible. Sometimes people call these books ‘issues books’ which I find pretty derogatory. Yes, there are issues [addressed] But for some people this is real life, it’s not a script. ”

Always creative, Wakefield only started writing in earnest 10 years ago at the age of 40. University was never an option. She failed her last school year “spectacularly”. “I think I’m one of the wild races … I graduated from reading thousands of books and even then I didn’t feel safe becoming a writer.”

Pip Harry says that winning this award is like the holy grail for Australian writers.Recognition: Lucia Ondrusova

She loves the award and remembers choosing books in the library as a kid with a glossy sticker on them, assuming it was a good book.

Founded in 1946, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards are the longest running and one of the most prestigious literary awards in Australia. This year’s winners were selected from a record 517 entries in six categories.

Pip Harrys The little wave Taken out book of the year for younger readers. Written in verse, the main character in the book, Jack, has never been to the beach and desperately wants to go there. When he lives in a remote, rural NSW in a fictional town called Mullin, the coast seems another world away.


Harry was born in Melbourne and lives in Singapore. He is a former lifesaver and open water swimmer. The inspiration for her book came after a swim on the beach while spying on a group of school kids who were completely in love and clearly visiting for the first time.

Writing in verse wasn’t a conscious choice, it was just the way the words came to her. She says it’s a great way to tell stories. “You have to be very precise in your choice of words and get to the heart of your ideas,” she says. “It feels like a simple book to read, but it was quite complicated to edit.”

Said Harry The little wave has been described as the gateway to verse novels for children, which inspires them. It’s a “calm verse novel with soft themes about overcoming adversity,” she says. “Maybe children need books like this this year.”


The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week runs from October 17-23.


BOOK OF THE YEAR, ELDERLY READERS: Vikki Wakefield, So we change the ending

Honor books: CG Drews, The boy who steals houses;; Lisa Fuller, Ghost bird

BOOK OF THE YEAR, YOUNGER READERS: Pip Harry, The little wave

Honor books: Emily Rodda (illustration by Marc McBride),The shine; Edwina Wyatt (illustration by Katherine Quinn), The secrets of the magnolia moon

BOOK OF THE YEAR, EARLY CHILDHOOD: Frances Watts (illustration by A. Yi), My friend fred

Honor books: Kirsty Murray (illustration by Karen Blair), When Billy was a dog; Margaret Wild (illustration by Ann James), Goodbye house, hello house

PICTURE BOOK OF THE AWARD: Chris McKimmie, I need a parrot

Honor books: Caroline Magerl, No;; Stephen Michael King, Three

EVE POWNALL AWARD: Bruce Pascoe, Young Dark Emu: A True Story

Honor books: Sami Bayly, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals;; Aunt Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly (illustration by Lisa Kennedy), Wilam: A Birrarung story

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR: Jasmine Seymour, Baby Business

Kerrie is a senior cultural writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald

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