Book of the Year

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is pleased to announce a slight change in the Awards announcement procedures for 2016. As most of you will know, next year is the 70th anniversary of the first award and in that time the way the awards are judged and announced has changed many times. That’s what makes them dynamic, responsive to change and relevant.

Next year, immediately following the judges’ meeting, we will announce our Notables (or long list, as other awards call such a list); at the CBCA conference in May, we will announce the Short List and then in August the winners and honour books will be announced. This will keep up the momentum of interest and excitement, give libraries and schools three points of focus and help to promote Australian children’s literature across a number of months.

Important dates

Notables list available on the CBCA website: after 7pm on the 27th February, 2018

Short List announcement: 12 noon on the 27th March, 2018

Book of the Year Award announcement: 12 noon on the 17th August, 2018

CBCA Children's Book Week 18th to the 24th August, 2018

Theme: Find Your Treasure

Artwork by Early Childhood Winner – Anna Walker

Check back here soon for merchandise for Book Week

Thank you all for your support of our work in promoting literature for young Australians. 

We wish to acknowledge all Benefactors and Major Donors of the Book of the Year Awards.

The 2017 Book of the Year announcements can be seen via the following link: