Inaugurated in 2014, The Readings Children's Book Prize is administered by Readings, an independent book, film, and music retailer based in Melbourne, Victoria.
According to the award's official website:
'The Readings Children’s Book Prize recognises and celebrates books that families love reading together, or that children read under the covers with a torch late into the night because they can’t bear to put it down - books they tell their friends about.
'The Readings Children’s Book Prize aims to raise the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian authors that we believe could make an important contribution to the rich variety of Australian publishing.'
Source: The Readings Children's Book Prize (http://thereadingschildrensbookprize.tumblr.com/). (Sighted: 2/4/2014)
'Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster – and that was only the beginning.
'With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay. She's determined to stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop! With help from her friends – including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist – Pip needs to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get better.
'Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big city, but who knows a thing or two about loyalty, bravery and friendship.' (Publication summary)
'A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia's Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.' (Publisher's blurb)
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