Book of the Year Awards (5 to 8 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 ‘5 to 8 Years’ category is: The Thing That Goes Ping! Written by Mark Carthew and illustrated by Shane McG.

The Thing That Goes Ping!” is a whimsical picture book that features the delight of wordplay through rhythmic narrative and evocative illustration. This book provides an engaging and playful story that introduces the young reader to the concept of onomatopoeia. It offers a younger reader lots of repetition, rhyme, and onomatopoeia to build their confidence in reading aloud. Written in rhyme, the rhyming words are in bold. All of this is reinforced by a good story with a new character on every page.

A beautifully illustrated book that heightens the level of engagement for a young reader. This title certainly passes the “read it again” test familiar to parents”

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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