Episode 44: Literary Awards Season

April 14, 2023

In episode 44 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Literary Awards Season

How are literary awards judged in Australia? It’s that time of year, when there seems to be a new literary longlist or shortlist every week. But how are literary awards judged and what do they mean for teachers, parents and authors? Megan and Allison take a look behind the scenes at Australian children’s literary awards.

Plus, why a demonstration of vocabulary doesn’t make a great story and why you should encourage your kid to hang out in the library.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Calling of Jackdaw Hollow’ by Kate Gordon 

‘We Run Tomorrow’ by Nat Amoore with art by Mike Barry 

‘The Homecoming Horse’ by Jackie Merchant 

‘We Are Australians’ by Duncan Smith and Nicole Godwin. Illustrated by Jandamarra Cadd.

‘Dear Greta’ by Yvette Poshoglian 

‘Bored: Milo Finds $105’ by Matt Stanton

How are literary awards judged?

Megan and Allison peek behind the scenes of Australia’s literary awards for children to discover how they’re judged and what they mean to parents, teachers and other interested parties.

Quick Tips


The ‘Rainbow Room’ puzzle featured this week can be found here at Ruby Olive.


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How are literary awards judged?