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2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year shortlist announced!

Each year, Speech Pathology Australia releases a shortlist for its Book of the Year Award. The Award is a chance to highlight Australian children’s literature and is judged by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development.

By elevating Australian children’s books, Speech Pathology Australia aims ‘to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.’

This year, a number of HarperCollins Australia titles feature on the shortlist, across several categories. We already love these books and are honoured to see them featured so prominently. We hope you share some of them with your classrooms!

Birth to Three Years:


Aussie Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner   Aussie Legends Alphabet

The Bum Book









The Bum Book by Kate Mayes and Andrew Joyner






Three to Five Years:

The ABC Book of Feelings

The ABC Book of Feelings by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini







The Red Book

The Red Book by Beck and Matt Stanton







Peas and Quiet


Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer and Sue deGennaro






Five to Eight Years:

The Brown Dog


The Brown Dog by Gina Inverarity and Greg Holfeld






Eight to Ten Years:

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome



The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome by Katrina Nannestad






The Shop at Hoopers Bend




The Shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda







Whimsy and Woe by Rebecca McRitchie

Whimsy and Woe

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