YABBA dabba do!

A post about Fred Flintstone on Literary Clutter? Well… actually… NO! This is a post about YABBA — Young Australian’s Best Book Awards. The 2011 winners were announced this Wednesday at a special awards ceremony held at Trinity Grammar School. I thought I’d tell you about it.

YABBA is the Children’s Choice Book Awards in Victoria. All books are nominated and voted on by kids… NO ADULTS ALLOWED! So the books being nominated are those that kids are actually reading and enjoying… rather than the books the grown-ups decide they should be reading. And this years books are…

Section 1 Picture Storybooks

Section 2 Fiction for Younger Readers

Section 3 Fiction for Older Readers

Section 4 Fiction for Years 7-9

As they do every year, the organisers invited numerous authors and illustrators to attend the awards ceremony. The ceremony was a terrific event, and was followed by book sales and signings with the guests. Guests in attendance were: Robyn Bavati, Claire Saxby, Terry Denton, Corinne Fenton, Bob Graham, Andy Griffiths, George Ivanoff (Hey, that’s me), Nicky Johnston, Gabrielle Lord, Sally Rippin, Gabrielle Wang and Carole Wilkinson. Here are some photos of them. (Although you will notice that Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton do not feature in any of them. That’s because they were constantly surrounded by their fans and I couldn’t get close enough for a photo.)

Congratulations to all the nominees, and especially to the winners. I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards.

Catch ya later,  George

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LITERARY CLUTTER: Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George is the author of the YOU CHOOSE books, the GAMERS trilogy of teen novels, and the YA short story collection LIFE, DEATH AND DETENTION.