Young authors shine

CHILDREN'S book writing is alive and well in Australia, say organisers of a major annual competition.

The Children's Book of the Year Awards will be announced on the Gold Coast next week.

National president of the Children's Book Council of Australia Marj Kirkland says the depth of talent in children's publishing this year is breathtaking.

“Australia has outstanding authors and illustrators on the world stage, many of them already recognised with international awards,” she said.

“The finalists range from very sophisticated art and narrative books to biography and non-fiction of the very best quality.”

Ms Kirkland said there was a strong Australian history flavour in the final list.

This year for the first time the Junior Judges' Children's Choice awards will be announced at the same time as the Book of the Year.

Thousands of children from around Australia have voted for their favourite short-listed book, with voting to run up to the night before the awards.

The awards will mark the beginning of Children's Book Week, under the theme Book Safari, and the winners will be announced at Sea World by Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley on August 21.

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