Each year, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. It is during this time that schools, libraries, bookshops and other organisations celebrate Australian Children's Literature; often culminating in an annual Book Week Parade, where children and their teachers and librarians dress up as a favourite book character. This year my children chose to be Tin Tin (Luka) and Madeline (Mila). They had an absolute ball pretending to be their favourite characters for the day, it really such a lovely celebration of the joy of literature.
Each year the CBCA also announces their shortlist of Australian children's books, chosen for their high literary and artistic quality. It is then during Book Week that the winners of these shortlisted categories are announced. This year one of our favourite books was announced the Book of the Year for Early Readers: Mr Huff.
Mr Huff was written and illustrated by one of our all time favourites - Anna Walker. We have a number of her titles at home and they are always well loved and enjoyed by all. Mr Huff tells the story of a little boy called Bill who is having a bad day. A dark cloud 'Mr Huff' begins following him around, getting bigger and bigger as time goes by, engulfing Bill in darkness. However a tender moment between Bill and Mr Huff sees the sunshine start coming through again.