Leila St John Award

The Leila St John Award is an annual award of the Victorian Branch of the CBCA. It is awarded for services to children’s literature in Victoria. Although it is usually awarded to an individual, it may be given as a joint or group award when deemed appropriate.

It is named after Leila St John, a founding member of the Victorian Branch, who played an active role for many years. Her particular contribution was the founding and running of the annual Christmas Book Appeal from 1954. The Appeal enabled the gift of a new book to all children in residential care in Victoria at Christmas. While in her nineties, Leila produced beautifully hand-written bookplates inscribed each child’s name which were placed in each book.

The Award was first presented in 1999.


The closing date for nominations is Friday 28 February, 2017.

Leila St John Advice to Nominators

CBCA Vic Leila St John Award Nomination Form

Note that this is a perpetual form. Nominators must specify the award year on the form. All nominations must be received by COB of the last Friday in February in the year of nomination, i.e. nominations for the 2016 award must be received by COB February 28, 2017.

Previous Winners

  • 1999 – Bea Fincher
  • 2000 – Moira Robinson
  • 2001 – Ann Haddon and Ann James (joint award)
  • 2002 – Margaret Dunkle
  • 2003 – Kaye Keck
  • 2004 – award not made
  • 2005 – Nell Bell
  • 2006 – award not made
  • 2007 – Anne Hanzl
  • 2008 – Pam Macintyre
  • 2009 – Albert Ullin OAM
  • 2010 – Pam Horsey
  • 2011 – Eileen Nelson
  • 2012 – award not made
  • 2013 – Kim Yeomans
  • 2014 – Jo Goodman
  • 2015 – Dr Virginia Lowe
  • 2016 – Geri Coughlin