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 for the previous year.

Although usually awarded to an individual, it may be given as a joint or group award when deemed appropriate.

The Award 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. Leila continued to produce beautifully hand-written bookplates, inscribed each child’s name and placed into each book, long after she left the committee.

The Award was first presented in 1999.

Nominations are now open for 2019 Award, which will be awarded in 2020.

The closing date is Friday 28th February, 2020.

Leila St John Advice to Nominators

CBCA Vic Leila St John Award Nomination Form

Previous Winners (click on the highlighted names to read their citations)

Kathy Kozlowski - 2018 Leila St John Award Recipient, with her daughters 

  • 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