Paranoid prizing : mapping Australia’s Eve Pownall Award for information books, 2001-2010
Hateley, Erica (2013) Paranoid prizing : mapping Australia’s Eve Pownall Award for information books, 2001-2010. Bookbird, 51(1), pp. 41-50.
Each year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) administers a number of Book of the Year Awards, including the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. The books chosen by the CBCA constitute a contemporary canon of Australian children’s literature, and serve to both shape and reflect current educational policies and practices as well as young Australians’ sense of themselves and their nation. This paper reads a selection of award-winning Australian non-fiction children’s literature in the context of colonialism, curriculum, military myths, and Aboriginal perspectives on national history and identity.
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