Children's Book Council of Australia has announced the 2012 Shortlist (print friendly)
I'm delighted because Flood by Jackie French made it in the Picture book section.
TEACHER NOTES FOR FLOOD. Published by Scholastic Press, 2011
"This is a story that shows how devastating floods can be to homes and livelihoods. Whilst it is inspired by the 2011 Queensland floods, it could be about any of the disasters that strike our land, events that turn everyday Australians into heroes. FLOOD shows water mercilessly ripping through Queensland towns and then receding, leaving destruction and devastation in its wake. Told from the perspective of a cattle dog separated from its family, FLOOD helps children to understand the effects of a traumatic natural disaster without being too confronting, while the story of the little tugboat that pushes a boardwalk out to sea, staving off further disaster, gives children a hero they can relate to. FLOOD is a beautiful and timely expression of the strength of the Australian spirit during times of adversity." available for $16.99 at Dymocks
I am also most delighted that Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay made the early childhood list.
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On the CBCA Merchandise page I discovered that "PDF or eBook versions of the Shortlist and Notable Books will avaiable for the first time this year."