2017 AAFT Book Award

Book Award Criteria

 

Celebrating first 10 years Book Award winners
Celebrating second 10 years of Book Award winners
Celebrating third 10 years of Book Award winners

Closing date for books published in 2018, for entries for the 2019 Book Award is 28th of February 2019.

Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature Winners 2018

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Older Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “Finding Nevo” by Nevo Zisin published by Black Dog Books.

A touchingly honest true story of Nevo who explores sexual and gender identities throughout adolescence.  The story explores gender issues and family culture, acceptance and difference and places in between. Discusses friendships and bullying, mental health and the transitioning process.   

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Older Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “The Build-Up Season” by Megan Jacobson published by Penguin Random House Australia.

A realistic depiction of family violence as seen through the eyes of 17 year old Illiad who is confronted by her own lived experience of violence both through her first love and recollections of an abusive father. Through the support of both her mother, grandmother and Max the boy next door, Illiad begins to learn about respectful relationships.

There was no prize awarded to any entrants in the Picture Book and Young Readers Award for this year.

BOOKS USEFUL FOR THERAPISTS 

The following books tell stories which may enhance therapists’ insight into specific problem areas.  The Committee strongly recommends that therapists read these selections critically before deciding whether they are appropriate to share with their particular clients.  Because of the sensitive nature of some of these books it is important, if they are used, that they be only one tool within an ongoing therapeutic relationship – inclusion in this list does not mean a book is recommended as a self-help book.

BOOK FOR OLDER READERS

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly by Peter Vu (author) published by Ford Street Publishing.  A helpful illustration of the enduring friendships and relationships that come together when dealing with a significant health crisis. The authors lived experience comes through and provides rich content for reflection.

PICTURE BOOKS/YOUNG READERS:

Gemma gets the jitters by Katrina Roe (author) and Leigh Hedstrom (illustrator) published by Wombat Books. A lovely story about Gemma the Giraffe who faces feelings of anxiety and worry and how she takes small steps to manage how she feels.

Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell (author) and Nicky Johnston (illustrator) published by EK Press.
A story to assist children to understand and adapt to the changes in ageing grandparents.

Harrison’s Song by Harrison Craig (author), and Ann-Marie Finn (illustrator) published by Wombat Books. A true story of Harrison who overcomes bullying and insecurities around his stuttering by finding his voice.

I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox (author), and Ronojoy Ghosh (illustrator), Omnibus Books.
A simple yet poignant depiction of Australian multiculturalism, which depicts positive messages about everyone living in peace.

The Kids Book of Feelings by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini (authors), and Lisa Kennedy (illustrator) published by Harper Collins Publishers.
A useful tool for both therapists and teachers to encourage the expression of feelings and emotions.

Through the Gate by Sally Fawcett (author and illustrator), published by EK Books.
A beautifully illustrated story that shows that through a passage of time change can be accepted and embraced.

 

Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature Winners 2017

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Older Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “Saving Jazz” by Kate McCaffrey published by Fremantle Press.

Jasmine Lovely has it all – the looks, the grades, the friends. But when a house party spins out of control, Jazz discovers what can happen when your mistakes go viral …

We know our kids are at risk of becoming victims of cyberbullying. But do we know how at risk they are of becoming perpetrators? This controversial new novel tackles cyberbullying from a whole new perspective.

 

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Young Readers/Picture Book category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “Out” by Angela May George (author) and Owen Swan (illustrator) published by Scholastic Australia.

I’m called an asylum seeker; but that’s not my name … 

A little girl flees her homeland, making a long and treacherous boat journey with her mother to seek asylum in Australia. Starting a new life is challenging, but they work hard to create a new home. Told from the little girl’s point of view, the story is both heartbreaking and triumphant, allowing timely and sensitive discussion of what drives people to become refugees and the challenges they face.

BOOKS USEFUL FOR THERAPISTS

The following books tell stories which may enhance therapists’ insight into specific problem areas.  The Committee strongly recommends that therapists read these selections critically before deciding whether they are appropriate to share with their particular clients.  Because of the sensitive nature of some of these books it is important, if they are used, that they be only one tool within an ongoing therapeutic relationship – inclusion in this list does not mean a book is recommended as a self-help book.

BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS

None for this year.

 PICTURE BOOKS/YOUNG READERS:

Being Agatha by Anna Pignataro (author and illustrator) published by Five Mile Press. This is a story about difference.  It’s a story about being special.  It’s a story about being the very best that you can be!

Sometimes other people can see qualities that we can’t.

Dropping In by Geoff Havel (author) published by Fremantle Press.  Depicts friendship around difference, acceptance, inclusion and sticking together.  Typifies adolescent male behavior with all it’s nuances.

Fly-In, Fly-Out Dad by Sally Murphy (author)  and Janine Dawson (illustrator) published by The Five Mile Press. An increasing number of families have to deal with the unusual dynamic of having one parent absent for weeks at a time – so this book is both relevant and timely.  The book highlights children’s resilience and acceptance of different circumstances.

Just the Way We Are by Jessica Shirvington (author) and Claire Robertson (illustrator) published by Harper Collins Children’s Books.   A story about celebrating difference in families and that each have their own uniqueness.

New Boy by Nick Earls (author), published by Puffin Books.  An interesting story about fitting in, racism and bullying.  Has good messages and helpful family support. Depicts how someone new to Australia can struggle with the “lingo”.

Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature Winners 2015

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Older Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “Risk” by Fleur Ferris published by Random House Australia.

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A contemporary expose about the risks and deception of engaging in online chat rooms and predatory behaviours. The story of Sierra who engages in risk taking behaviours which culminates in her secretly meeting her online “lover” Jacob Jones.

The outcome of this meeting has long lasting effects for Sierra and her friends. 

A very topical story about the lure of the internet.

 

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Young Readers/Picture Book category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is to be awarded to “My Happy Sad Mummy” by Michelle Vailiu (author) and Lucia Masciullo (illustrator) published by Jo Jo Publishing.

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“Is an engaging and sensitive picture book.  It fills a major gap: explaining to a young child the impact on a parent of a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder.” Highlights the importance of having a support network.

Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature Winners 2014

The annual prize of $1,500 in the Older Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is awarded to “Crashing Down” by Kate McCaffrey published by Fremantle Press.

Lucy thinks that her biggest struggle for this year will be completing Year 12, however her world is turned upside down when her boyfriend is involved in a car accident and suffers a severe head injury.  She subsequently finds out that she is pregnant and faces a dilemma about whether to terminate the pregnancy.

She has a good support network in her family and friends, however a sequence of complications exacerbates her ability to make clear decisions.

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The annual prize of $1,500 in the Young Readers/Picture Book category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is awarded to “Bully on the Bus” by Kathryn Apel published by University of Queensland Press.

A story about Leroy who dreads his daily bus ride to school because of the bully JD.  JD picks on him relentlessly and he doesn’t know how to make it stop.  With the support of his sister Ruby he eventually finds the courage to confide in his parents. Trusted adults provide him with the impetus to find his own strength and courage to stand up to the bully.

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Highly Recommended – Younger Readers category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is awarded to “Roses are Blue” by Sally Murphy (author) and Gabriel Evans (illustrator) published by Walker Books.

Amber Roses’s mother has a car accident which leaves her different from other mothers as she is now wheelchair bound. Amber struggles to come to terms with her difference and the resultant changes. Amber has to overcome her own embarrassment about her mother and what people will think.

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