Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 25, 2011

2011 Australian Book Industry Awards

Bereft, by Chris Womersely, has won the 2011 Australian Book Industry Award for Literary Fiction.

Our Family Table by Julie Goodwin won Illustrated book of the year – this is a truly gorgeous picture book for  kids:); it belongs in every school library!

Book of the Year for Younger Children is ‘Noni the Pony’ by Alison Lester – I just read this to the Preps today!

The International Success Award went to Penguin Australia for ‘Once’, ‘Then’ and ‘Now‘ by Morris Gleitzman.

Biography of the Year was The Happiest Refugee’ by Anh Do and ‘How to Make Gravy’ by Paul Kelly.

‘True Spirit’ by Jessica Watson won General Nonfiction Book of the Year.

Book of the Year for Older Children went to ‘Conspiracy 365’ by Gabrielle Lord.

General Fiction Book of the Year was ‘The Distant Hours’ by Kate Morton.

Thanks to Bookseller and Publisher for tweeting this info, which I have tweaked, just a little bit from their tweets!


  1. They picked some really great books there. Although I haven’t read any as yet. I really want to read the Gleitzman trilogy, Anh Do’s book and Bereft,


    • What I like about these awards is that they cross the whole spectrum from popular fiction to the literary.
      The children’s books really are great: the Preps were so excited when I told them that the book I was reading them had won a prize! (Preps are sooooo cute!)


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