Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 CBCA Notables are announced and (oh no!)

Last night the CBCA announced the 2020 Notable titles - 20 in each category. Some titles made me smile; some titles made me shrug; and some would not be my choice. This just proves again that loving a book is a very personal experience. If you are interested you can check my right and wrong predictions in these three posts.

1. Younger Readers
2. Picture book of Year
3. Eve Pownall Award (non fiction)

CBCA Notables - You can see the all the titles which the judges did select here as a pdf or see all the covers here on the CBCA site.

Here is my list of books that did not make the cut (the ones I am shocked the judges overlooked).

NOT Notables - but certainly worth noting - All of these are five star books in my view

Today I am going to mention (again) books I really think should have made the notables.  I hope you might consider reading them. It would be sad to loose sight of these books in the rush to read and see the notables.  I think all of these books should also reach the readers in your home or library.

Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth by Lisa Nicol
This book in three words - surprising; heart-felt; wonderful

Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai
This book in three words: emotional; honest; cake

Grandma's Treasured shoes by Coral Vass illustrated by Christina Huynh
This book in three words - true; heritage; special

Fly by Jess McGeachin
This book in three words: perseverance; belief; thrilling

Sarah's two Nativities by Janine M Fraser illustrated  by Helen Magisson
This book in three words: intelligent; important; affirming

Dumazi and the big yellow lion by Valanga Khoza illustrated by Matt Ottley
This book in three words: girl-power; clever; music

Here are some books on the Notables that I am excited to see and which I did not mention in my earlier posts:

  • One Tree by Christopher Cheng illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • Dear Grandpa by Kate Simpson illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
  • As happy as here by Jane Godwin 
  • Mr Walker and the Dessert delight by Jess Black illustrated by Sara Acton


Margaret Hamilton said...

I totally agree about Grandma’s Treasured Shoes, but what about The Tiny Star by Mem Fax & Freya Blackwood, in my opinion a perfect picture book. It’s the best from Freya yet and the best book Mem has ever written. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the judges’ meeting to have heard their discussion about it and why it’s not even on the Notables.

Debra Tidball said...

Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth gets my vote too! I was shocked that it wasn't there.