AWARDS AND PRIZES

See below for awards categorised by individual book. 

International

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominee 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominee 2015

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List 2014 for  The Golden Day 

Luchs (Lynx ) Award for Children's Literature for July 2012 for The Golden Day (in German Nicht Jetz, niemals )

YALSA (Division of the American Library Association)  Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults Nominee 2010 for The Word Snoop

White Ravens International Catalogue 2007 for The Red Shoe

White Ravens International Catalogue 1996 for The First Book of Samuel

Australian

PREMIER’S AND STATE LITERARY AWARDS 

2009    Winner  New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  The Word Spy

2007    Winner  New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  The Red Shoe

2006    Winner  Queensland Premier's Literary Award  The Red Shoe

2006    Winner  Victorian Premier's Literary Award  Theodora’s Gift

2006    Winner  New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  Theodora’s Gift

2004    Winner  Adelaide Festival Award for Literature   Abyssinia

1995    Winner  New South Wales Premier's Literary Award The First Book of Samuel

1994    Winner  New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  The White Guinea Pig

1994    Winner  Victorian Premier's Literary Award The White Guinea Pig

 

2014    Shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Violet Vanishes

2012    Shortlisted  New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards The Golden Day

2011    Shortlisted  Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards The Golden Day

2004    Shortlisted  New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards  Abyssinia

2003    Shortlisted  Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards  Abyssinia

2001   Shortlisted  Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards The Game of the Goose

2001   Shortlisted Younger Readers The Game of the Goose

1996    Shortlisted  Adelaide Festival Award for Literature The First Book of Samuel

RESIDENCIES

2015                       Keesing Studo, Paris residency

2014, 2017             May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust | creative time fellowships 

2013                       Don Bank Writer in Residence 2017

CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

2013     Honour Book,  Early Childhood Too Many Elephants In This House

2012    Shortlisted, Older Readers The Golden Day

2011     Winner, Book of the Year, Information Books The Return of the Word Spy

2011     Shortlisted, Younger Readers The Deep End

2010     Shortlisted,  Early Childhood The Terrible Plop

2009     Honour Book,  Information Books The Word Spy

2007     Honour Book,  Older Readers The Red Shoe

2006     Shortlisted, Picture Books Rex

1996     Honour  Older Readers The First Book of Samuel

1995     Shortlisted  Older Readers The White Guinea Pig

1994     Shortlisted Younger Readers The Last Week in December

CHILDREN'S CHOICE AWARDS

2012    Winner COOL Awards  The Terrible Plop 

2009    Winner  CBC Junior Judges' Project The Word Spy

2009    Winner  KOALA Awards Rex

PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARDS 

2010 Shortlisted    The Terrible Plop

SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA AWARDS

2013     Inducted into the Speech Pathology Australia Hall of Fame

2009    Winner Book of the Year Award The Terrible Plop 

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY THERAPISTS' AWARDS FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

1995  Commended The First Book of Samuel

1990  Commended High Hopes

DAVITT AWARDS FOR CRIME FICTION

2014  Shortlisted for The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta): The Perplexing Pineapple and The Looming Lamplight

2012  Highly Commended The Golden Day

 

AWARDS, by individual book

NOVELS

The Golden Day

Luchs (Lynx ) Award for Children's Literature July 2012 (Germany)

IBBY International Board on Books for Young People Honour Book List (2013)

 Publishers' Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2013 

Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth 2013 

Wall Street Journal's Top Ten Children's Books of 2013.

Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year  2012, Shortlisted 

Adelaide Festival Award for Literature  2012, Shortlisted 

New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  2012, Shortlisted 

Queensland Premier's Literary Award   2011, Shortlisted 

Davitt Award for crime fiction  2012, Highly Commended

 

The Red Shoe

Reading Australia 2015

National Reading Day  2007

Winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Award   2007

Winner  Queensland Premier's Literary Award    2006

Honour Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year 2007

White Ravens International Catalogue  2007

 

Theodora’s Gift

Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Award   2006

Winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  2006

Abyssinia

Winner Adelaide Festival Award for Literature  2004

Shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Award 2004

Shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Award  2003

The Game Of The Goose

Shortlisted  Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year 2001

Shortlisted  Queensland Premier's Literary Award   2001

The First Book of Samuel

Winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  1995

Honour  Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year 1996

Shortlisted  Adelaide Festival Award for Literature 1996

Commended Family Therapists'  Award for Children's Literature  1995

White Ravens international catalogue1996

The White Guinea Pig

Winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Award 1994

Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Award   1994

Shortlisted  Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year  1995

The Last Week in December

Shortlisted  Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year  1994

High Hopes

Commended Family Therapists'  Award for Children's Literature 1990

NON-FICTION

The Word Spy

Winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Award  2009 

Winner Children's Book Council of Australia Junior Judges' Project   2009

Honour  Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year   2009

YALSA (Division of the American Library Association)  Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults nominee 2010 for The Word Snoop (US/Canadian edition)

The Return of the Word Spy

Winner Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year  2011

PICTURE BOOKS

Too Many Elephants in This House

National Simultaneous Storytime  2014

Honour Book,  Children's Book Council of Australia   Book of the Year  2013

 

The Terrible Plop

Winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2009

Shortlisted Children's Book Council of Australia   Book of the Year  2009

Shortlisted  Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2010

Rex

Winner KOALA Children's Choice Picture Book Award  2009

Shortlisted  Children's Book Council of Australia   Book of the Year  2006

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

The Deep End

 Shortlisted Children's Book Council of Australia  Book of the Year   2011