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The Readings Children’s Book Prize
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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 ( (Sighted: 2/4/2014)


2016 winner y separately published work icon Run, Pip, Run J.C. Jones , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8344908 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Rivertime Trace Balla , Trace Balla (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 7186305 2014 picture book graphic novel children's

'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)

2014 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Song for a Scarlet Runner Julie Hunt , Melbourne - East : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1917057 2013 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes, where she's caught by an old healer-woman who makes Peat her apprentice and teaches her the skill of storytelling. But a story can be a dangerous thing. It can take you out of one world and leave you stranded in another - and Peat finds herself trapped in an eerie place beyond the Silver River where time stands still. Her only friends are a 900-year-old boy and his ghost hound, plus a small and slippery sleek - a cunning creature that might sink his teeth into your leg one minute, and save your life the next.' (Publisher's blurb)