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Book of the Year Awards (3 to 5 years)

In case you missed it…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 ‘3 to 5 Years’ category is: Boo Loves Books Written by Kaye Baillie and illustrated by Tracie Grimwood.

Boo Loves Books is a delightful story about a little girl named Phoebe who is a reluctant reader. The story discusses themes that are relatable to children of this age, namely the fear of making mistakes. The language is age appropriate and keeps the young reader engaged. The book consists of an engaging narrative including a clear beginning, middle and end, while exploring the different feelings of the characters. This encourages the young reader to connect to the characters and relate to these feelings. The book’s gorgeous illustrations are colourful and appealing, providing curious young eyes with lots to explore.

The book discusses the topic of anxiety in children and animals and overcoming their fears with support and in a light-hearted manner. The ending is sweet and allows the young reader to think of what may happen next to the main characters.”

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/Book_of_the_Year/Book_of_the_Year.aspx?hkey=6d7d21b1-0cd6-4b86-91e3-11884f031a02

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