Bilby stands for Books I Love Best Yearly.The Bilby Awards are Queensland's children's choice awards. They are run by the Children's Book Council of Australia (Queensland Branch).

At the beginning of each year, students in Queensland schools are asked to enter the name of their favourite book. They are not limited in any way, except winners from the previous two years are not eligible. A shortlist is developed from the entries. These are published as lists covering three levels of reading maturity: Older Readers (12 years and older); Younger Readers (9 to 11 years)and Early Readers (8 years and younger).

Students are then asked to read titles from the list, and to vote for the one book that they "love the best". Once the final votes have been counted, BILBY prize winners are announced in September on International Literacy Day.

2011 BILBY Shortlist

Early Readers

Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron

Maltilda by Roald Dahl

Pearlie in Central Park by Wendy Harmer

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

What’s That Awful Smell? by Heather Tekavec

Younger Readers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling

January by Gabrielle Lord

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Older Readers

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Early Readers Zac Power: Poison Island by H.I. Larry
Younger Readers Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Older Readers New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

2008 Winners | 2008 Shortlists | 2007 Winners | Winners 1991 -2006

The Twits (My Roald Dahl)2009 Winners

Early Reader The Twits by Roald Dahl - Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely nasty, so the Muggle-Wbuy_nowump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve! This edition has a great new Quentin Blake cover as well as a whole new exciting end section about Roald Dahl and his world.

About the Author - Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian Pencil of Doom! (Schooling Around)parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.

buy_nowYounger Reader  Pencil of Doomby Andy Griffiths - When Henry McThrottle doodles with his new pencil, his pictures come alive! Henry's classmates get greedy and draw all the things they could possibly wish for - with chaotic results, for the pencil twists their dreams into nightmares. Instead of cuddling a cute little kitten, the kids are trapped in their classroom with a large and ferocious lion! The second book in this hilarious new series from the brilliant Andy.


Older Reader Twilightby Stephenie Meyer -When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, buy_nowdark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away ? until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires ? and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

Also of interest? Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.

2008 Winners | 2008 Shortlists | 2007 Winners | Winners 1991 -2006

2008 Bilby Awards

Just Shocking! | Diary of a Wombat |Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Winners Announced

Early Readers

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Younger Readers Winner: Just Shocking! by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Older Readers

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Bilby's Shortlists for 2008- Delicious

Early Readers

Alberta | Possum Magic | Whacko the Chook | Where is the Green Sheep? [Board book]

Winner: Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Alberta by Tania Cox, illustrations by Janine Dawson
Possum Magicby Mem Fox, illustrations by Julie Vivas
Puffling by Margaret Wild, illustrations by Julie Vivas
Whacko the Chookby Mark Svendsen, illustrations by Ben Redlich
Where is the Green Sheep? [Board book] by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Younger Readers

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest 1 S.) | Just Annoying! | Rowan of Rin| The Adventures of Captain Underpants | The Mega Toocool Book

Winner: Just Shocking! by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest 1 S.) by Emily Rodda
Just Annoying! by Andy Griffiths, illustrations by Terry Denton (right)
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Mega Toocool Book by Phil Kettle, illustrations by Craig Smith (we are a bit confused between the Mega and the Big Too Cool which was listed in the category?- apoligies)

Older Readers

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle) | Just Disgusting! | Stormbreaker| The Indian in the Cupboard | Raven's Gate - the Graphic Novel (Power of Five)

Winner: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle)by Christopher Paolini
Just Disgusting! by Andy Griffiths, illustrations by Terry Denton
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Raven's Gate - the Graphic Novel (Power of Five) by Anthony Horowitz (link here to the Graphic novel version due out soon)

2007 Bilby Winners- The Fish, the Cat and the Dragon Bilby Winners

Ugly Fish | The Cat on the Mat is Flat | Eragon

Winner: Early Reader: Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau, illus by Scott Magoon

Winner: Younger Reader: The Cat on the Mat is Flatby Andy Griffiths ( illus by Terry Denton Link to Teachers Notes
Winner: Older Reader: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Bilby Winners Lists 1991- 2006

Early Reader: Baby Boomsticks by Margaret Wild, illus by David Legge
Younger Reader Just Crazy! by Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton
Older Reader: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Early Reader: Old Tom's Holiday (Old Tom) by Leigh Hobbcat_in_a_hat_cover
Younger Reader: The Bad Book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Older Reader: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Early Reader:The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
Younger Reader: Just Disgusting! - Andy Griffiths
Older Reader: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling

Early Reader: The Very Blue Thingamajig - Narelle Oliver
Younger Reader: Saddle Club: Horse Sense: 3 Spoken Word Cds - Bonnie Bryant
Older Reader: Two of a Kind series about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - by various authors.

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Early Reader: Buffy - An Adventure Story - Bob Graham
Younger Reader:- Just Crazy! Andy Griffiths
Older Reader: The Lord of the Rings: v.1: Fellowship of the Ring (The lord of the rings) - JRR Tolkien

Early Reader:Where's Wally?-Martin Handford
Younger Reader: Harry Potter Boxed Set: Children's edition - J K Rowling
Older Reader: Harry Potter Series - J K Rowling

Early Reader: Grandad's Teeth by Rod Clement
Younger Reader: Just Stupid! by Andy Griffiths
Older Reader: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Early Reader: Gasp!! - Terry Denton
Younger Reader: Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase - Bruce Whatley/ R Smith
Olharry_potterder Readers Bumface - Morris Gleitzman

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Picture Book : The Midnight Gang - Margaret Wild and Ann James
Younger Reader: Polar the Titanic Bear - Daisy Corning Stone Spedder
Older Reader:Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden

Picture Book :Bamboozled - David Legge
Younger Readers: Matilda - Roald Dahl
Older Reader:The Hobbit (Collins Modern Classics S.)- J.R. Tolkien

Read Alone: Where's Wally? Martin Handford
Read Aloud:When the Wind Changed- Ruth Park ill. Deborah Niland
Read Australian: The Gizmo (Gizmo Books) - Paul Jennings
Secondary: Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton 1995
Read Alone:The Lion King - Gina Ingoglio
Read Aloud:The Pagemaster - David Kirschner
Read Australian: The Watertower - Gary Crew ill. Steven Woolman
Secondary:Looking for Alibrandi- Melina Marchetta 1994
Read Alone: Undone!: More Mad Endings (Puffin books) - Paul Jennings
Read Aloud: Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl
Read Australian: Midnite - Randolph Stow 1993
Read Alone: The Witches- Roald Dahl
Read Aloud: Blabbermouth - Morris Gleitzman
Secondary: Flowers in the Attic- Virginia Andrews

Read Alone: Unreal!: Eight Surprising Stories - Paul Jennings
Read Aloud: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Secondary:-Where's Wally? Martin Handford

Read Alone: Superfudge Judy Blume
Read Aloud: Matilda - Roald Dahl
Secondary:The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4- Sue Townsend

Read Alone:The BFGRoald Dahl
Read Aloud:The BFG Roald Dahl
Secondary: The Outsiders - S E Hinton

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