Yes, there has been a slight lapse in transmission. More on that later (not). This has been a big year for outstanding children’s books. I can’t quantify this in any way at all – it’s a statement based entirely on my own year of reading some really original, funny, moving books for readers zero & up. I say that because how can you put an age limit on brilliance? In the next few days I’m going to review some of my favs, but in the meantime, if you’re interested, here’s a piece I wrote for The Age recently on some of the year’s strongest titles. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s a start.