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Gleitzman takes kids' Book of the Year

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016

Renowned children's and young fiction author Morris Gleitzman has been crowned a winner at the 2016 Australian Book of the Year awards, in what judges say has been a very tough competition with a high calibre of entries from around the country.

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced their top picks in Sydney on Friday with Gleitzman's Soon taking the gong for younger readers.

Sally Morgan's Sister Heart and Emily Rodda's Shadow of the Master were also honoured in the category.

With more than 400 books entered for this year's awards, the judges had difficulty choosing just one winner, so honoured two additional book recipients in each of the five award categories.

Gleitzman, 63, a best-selling English-born Australian author, who used write for Norman Gunston, has published more than 35 books.

Fiona Wood's Cloudwish won for older readers, Anna Walker's Mr Huff for the early childhood category and Armin Greder's Flight took out the prestigious Picture Book of the Year.

CBCA chair Professor Margot Hillel said the winners were the "tip of the iceberg of delightful, surprising and fascinating Australian books available".

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