BILBY Award

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The BILBY Awards are organised annually by the Queensland Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia.[1] The name of the award, BILBY, is an acronym of 'Books I Love Best Yearly'.[1]

These awards are children's choice awards. Each year Queensland children are asked to nominate their favourite book that they have read in the past year; only the winners from the previous two years are excluded from nomination. The nominations are made in three readership categories (see below). The nomination process is the first phase of the awards.

In each category, around five of the most popularly nominated books are grouped into shortlists. In the second phase of the awards students are encouraged to read the books from the list in their readership category and vote for their favourite title. The book receiving the most votes is declared the winner in its category.

To see the history of the CBCA and other CBCA Awards, see: List of CBCA Awards

Award category and description[edit]

Prior to 1997 there were three Awards categories for primary school readers - Read Alone, Read Aloud and Read Australian - and one category for Secondary. In 1997 a readership format was introduced, though the Early Readers category was first called the Picture Book category, then the Early Childhood category [see below].

Currently there are three categories:

• Early Readers - for books for readers under 8 years old

• Younger Readers – for books for readers between 8 and 12 years old

• Older Readers – for books for readers over 12 years old.

List of BILBY Award winners[edit]

Early Readers Award[edit]

Note: Before 2001, this award was called the "Early Childhood" (2000-1999), "Picture Book" (1998-1997) and "Read Alone" (1996-1990) awards.

Year Author Book Citation
1990 Judy Blume Superfudge Winner
1991 Roald Dahl The BFG Winner
1992 Paul Jennings Unreal! Winner
1993 Roald Dahl The Witches Winner
1994 Paul Jennings Undone! Winner
1995 Gina Ingoglio The Lion King Winner
1996 Martin Handford Where's Wally? Winner
1997 David Legge Bamboozled Winner
1998 Margaret Wild and Ann James The Midnight Gang Winner
1999 Terry Denton Gasp! Winner
2000 Rod Clement Grandad's Teeth Winner
2001 Martin Handford Where's Wally? Winner
2002 Bob Graham Buffy - An Adventure Story Winner
2003 Narelle Oliver The Very Blue Thingamajig Winner
2004 Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Winner
2005 Leigh Hobbs Old Tom's Holiday Winner
2006 Margaret Wild, illus. David Legge Baby Boomsticks Winner

Younger Readers Award[edit]

Note: Before 1997, this award was called the "Read Aloud Award".

Year Author Book Citation
1990 Roald Dahl Matilda Winner
1991 Roald Dahl The BFG Winner
1992 Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Winner
1993 Morris Gleitzman Blabber Mouth Winner
1994 Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox Winner
1995' David Kirschner The Pagemaster Winner
1996 Ruth Park, illus. Deborah Niland When the Wind Changed Winner
1997 Roald Dahl Matilda Winner
1998 Daisy Corning Stone Spedder, illus. Laurie McGaw Polar, the Titanic Bear Winner
1999 Bruce Whatley and R. Smith Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase Winner
2000 Andy Griffiths Just Stupid! Winner
2001 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series Winner
2002 Andy Griffiths Just Crazy! Winner
2003 Bonnie Bryant The Saddle Club series Winner
2004 Andy Griffiths Just Disgusting! Winner
2005 Andy Griffiths, illus. Terry Denton The Bad Book Winner
2006 Andy Griffiths, illus. Terry Denton Just Crazy! Winner

Older Readers Award[edit]

Year Author Book Citation
1990 Sue Townsend The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ Winner
1991 S. E. Hinton The Outsiders Winner
1992 Martin Handford Where's Wally? Winner
1993 V. C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic Winner
1995 Melina Marchetta Looking for Alibrandi Winner
1996 Michael Crichton Jurassic Park Winner
1997 J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit Winner
1998 John Marsden Tomorrow, When the War Began Winner
1999 Morris Gleitzman Bumface Winner
2000 Melina Marchetta Looking for Alibrandi Winner
2001 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series Winner
2002 J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Winner
2003 Various authors Two of a Kind series Winner
2004 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Winner
2005 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Winner
2006 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Winner

Read Australia Award[edit]

Year Author Book Citation
1994 Randolph Stow Midnite Winner
1995 Gary Crew, illus. Steven Woolman The Watertower Winner
1996 Paul Jennings The Gizmo Winner

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "What are the BILBY awards?". Children's Book Council of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 

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