An Amputee Elephant, a Zombie Bunny, and a Vego Piranha: Investigating Culture within Award-winning Australian Children’s and Young Adult Literature Print E-mail
By Dr Kasey Garrison and Dr Mary Carroll   
This study analysed the portrayals of culture within the 24 books earning Short List honours in 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. Researchers investigated eight cultural constructs including ability, socioeconomic class, gender, immigration, language, race/ethnicity/nationality, religion, and sexual orientation as well as the treatment of Indigenous Australian issues and voices. Findings indicate diverse coverage of topics addressing social issues like homelessness, the experience of asylum-seekers, and suicide, especially in the Picture Books and Older Readers. 
Editor’s Note: This is a refereed article