CBCA Book of the Year Awards and Awards Foundation
The most influential and highly respected awards for children's books in Australia,
the Children's Book of the Year Awards have been presented since1946
to promote children's books of high literary and artistic quality.
Notables: announced the last Tuesday in February at 7pm AEDT
Shortlist: announced the last Tuesday in March at 12 noon AEDT
Winners and Honours: announced the third Friday in August at 12 noon AEST
Tune in here for the latest announcement.
The advocacy role played by the CBCA promotes the literary experience for children and assures the scope and vitality of Australian children's books. The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirm the quality of some of Australia's most creative people and provide a boost to their capacity to devote time to their craft.
CBCA Book of the Year Awards aim to:
promote quality literature for young Australians;
support and encourage a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books and;
celebrate contributions to Australian children’s literature.
Read more about the CBCA Awards Foundation here.
There are six categories in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
CBCA Picture Book of the Year
Eve Pownall Award for information books
CBCA Award for New Illustrator
For entry information and eligibility criteria, please see the Entry Information on the CBCA website.
Entries for the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards are now open. Please access the CBCA online entry form here.
Become a CBCA Book of the Year Judge
Hear from Wendy Bannister, CBCA NSW 2020-2021Book of the Year Judge in the Early Childhood category on her experience as a judge. Visit the CBCA website for more information on being a Judge.