Why do we celebrate Children’s Book Week?
Children’s Book Week happens every year in Australia. It is a time of year when we celebrate the best Australian children’s literature. Children’s Book Week is organized by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). The CBCA is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation.
Who is the Children’s Book Council of Australia?
The Children’s Book Council of Australia is a group of volunteers which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian Children’s Literature.
The CBCA was established in 1945. The first Children’s Book of the Year was presented in 1946. The prize for the winner was a potted camellia plant. Now the winner receives a monetary prize. The awards originally started with only one category.
Regarded as Australia’s most prestigious children’s literature award, the CBCA Book of the Year is presented in six categories:
- Older Readers
- Younger Readers
- Early Childhood
- Picture Book of the Year
- Eve Pownall Award
- CBCA Award for New Illustrator
Who chooses the winners?
There is a panel of judges. For the fiction categories there is one judge from each state and territory in Australia. For the information books, there are four judges – all from the same state. The judges can choose up to one winner per category, and two honour books (like a runner up prize). If they don’t think there are any books worthy of being honour books, they don’t have to choose any.
The books must have been published in the previous year to qualify for this year’s competition.
Who do you think enters the books? The publishers or the authors?
The judges must read hundreds of books, before deciding on a shortlist. What is the shortlist? This is the smaller list of the best books entered. The 2019 shortlist is published on the CBCA website.
Books can be entered to more than one category. For example, sometimes a book is entered within both the Early Childhood and the Picture book category.
The 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards will be announced on 16 August. The theme for Book Week 2019 is “Reading is My Secret Power”.
How can you recognize a short-listed book?
If you were in the library and wanted to read a book that had been short listed, how would you find it? Look for the CBCA circle (gold, silver or bronze) on the front cover. These listed books are a great resource for young Australians and very well received by teachers, librarians and students.
The 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist
Book of the Year: Older Readers
|Atkins, Clare||Between Us||Black Inc. Books|
|Epstein, Sarah||Small Spaces||Walker Books Australia|
|Foxlee, Karen||Lenny’s Book of Everything||Allen & Unwin|
|Gardner, Scot||Changing Gear||Allen & Unwin|
|Herrick, Steven||The Bogan Mondrian||University of Queensland Press|
|Kernot, Sharon||The Art of Taxidermy||Text Publishing|
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
|Dubosarsky, Ursula (illus. by Andrew Joyner)||Brindabella||Allen & Unwin|
|Marwood, Lorraine||Leave Taking||University of Queensland Press|
|Merrison, Car & Hustler, Hakea||Black Cockatoo||Magabala Books|
|Moriarty, Jaclyn||The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars||Allen & Unwin|
|Nugent, Carly||The Peacock Detectives||Text Publishing|
|Rodda, Emily||His Name Was Walter||HarperCollins Publishers|
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
|Canty, John||Heads and Tails: Insects||Berbay Publishingq|
|Guest, Patrick (illus. by Nathaniel Eckstrom)||The Dress Up Box||Hardie Grant Egmont|
|King, Stephen Michael||Rainbow Bear||Scholastic Australia|
|Lester, Alison||Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey||Allen & Unwin|
|Lester, Alison||Tricky’s Bad Day||Affirm Press|
|Riddle, Tohby||Here Comes Stinkbug!||Allen & Unwin|
Picture Book of the Year (Coralie’s Personal Favourite)
|Blackwood, Freya (text by Margaret Wild)||The Feather||Hardie Grant Egmont|
|Greder, Armin||The Mediterranean||Allen & Unwin|
|Hurst, Elise (text by Lucy Estela)||Girl on Wire||Penguin Random House Australia|
|Ord, Mandy (text by Margaret Wild)||Chalk Boy||Allen & Unwin|
|Speechley, Michael||The All New Must Have Orange 430||Penguin Random House Australia|
|Tan, Shaun||Cicada||Hachette Australia|
Eve Pownall Award
|Cleave, Rohan (illus. by Coral Tullock)||Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barren Bandicoot Story||CSIRO Publishing|
|Greenwood, Mark (illus. by Andrew McLean)||The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope||Walker Books Australia|
|Rawlins, Donna (illus. by mark Jackson & Heather Potter)||Waves||Walker Books Australia|
|Ryan, Kate (illus. By Cally Bennett)||Make Believe: Escher for Kids||National Gallery of Victoria|
|Stubbs, Siena||Our Birds: Njilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha||Magabala Books|
|Vass, Coral (illus. by Dub Leffler)||Sorry Day||National Library of Australia|
CBCA Award for New Illustrator
|Chun, Matt||Australian Birds||Hardie Grant Egmont|
|Gray-Barnett, Daniel||Grandma Z||Scribble Kids’ Books|
|Harricks, Tannya||Dingo||Walker Books Australia|
|Langton, Allison||The Singing Seal||Affirm Press|
|Metcalf, Samantha||Carmichael’s Journey||Little Steps Publishing|
|Reiseger, Jane||Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House!||Affirm Press|
YPRL has many of these books within the collection so check them out and know that your reading a wonderful piece of Australian Children’s Literature.
Children's Book Week Events at the Library
Superhero Scavenger Hunt at Eltham Library
(17-23 August) Complete in library and bring your answers to the desk for a lucky dip.
Bookmaking at Thomastown Library