Book of the Year Awards 2021 (Birth to 3 years)

Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts it’s Book of the Year Awards! The aim of the awards is to promote quality Australian children’s literacy and raise awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy. They also aim to encourage of a love of reading! In 2021, the winner of the ‘Birth to 3 years’ category is: Look, Baby! Written by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Renee Tremi.

Look, Baby! is a charming book that immediately arouses engagement and curiosity with its clever cut-out design. The characters are very relatable and identifiable. All of this is reinforced by the book’s beautiful illustrations. The use of rhyme, repetition, and suspense encourages little ones to make simple predictions about what might happen next. The use of different words and phrases, like ‘shiver-quiver’, add beauty to the language and variety to the vocabulary. The sense of imagination is sparked by having hole cut-outs, which leads to discussion about what might happen next. The book’s structure and length, its use of fonts, and illustrations is excellent, making it developmentally appropriate for this age group.”

For the full short list and more information about the awards, follow this link: https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/SPAweb/whats_on/Book_of_the_Year/SPAweb/What_s_On/[…]Year.aspx?hkey=6d7d21b1-0cd6-4b86-91e3-11884f031a02

Happy reading! 

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