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CBCA Book of the Year

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CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers

Entries in this category are for outstanding books for young people aged between 13 and 18 years (secondary school level). Readers require a degree of maturity to appreciate the themes and scope of emotional involvement. Books in this category may be fiction, drama, illustrated text, poetry or graphic novels. Judging takes into account the literary qualities of the text, editing and book production.

CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Entries in this category are for outstanding books published for children in the age range from 8 to 12 years (Primary school level). Books may be fiction, drama, graphic novels, illustrated text or poetry. Judging takes into account the literary qualities of the text, editing and book production.

CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood   Gold award

Entries in this category are for outstanding books suitable in content and style for pre and beginning readers (Pre school and infants level). These include works of fiction, poetry, wordless, board and concept books. The illustration/s reflect/s all the text on the page and often do not add extra meaning to the storyline. The font size and style, rhythm and meter of the text are important. Clear design, layout and editing are also important.

CBCA Picture Book of the Year

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the genre in which the text and illustrations achieve artistic and literary unity and the story, theme or concept is enhanced and unified through the illustrations. Picture Books can be for any age. A picture book can be written and illustrated by a sole creator or a collaborative effort between two or more creators. The text and illustrations work cohesively. The illustrations are an integral part of, or extend the action on the page. The illustrations are either as important as the text or more important and can be enjoyed separately from the text. Illustrator/s that have taken an existing piece of work and produced new illustrations that enhance that text can only be entered in this category.

The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Entries in this category should be books which have the prime purpose of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Books are judged on the balance and harmony of language style and presentation, graphic excellence, clarity, appropriateness and aesthetic appeal of illustrations, and the overall design of the book. Referencing of sources are important, as are inclusion of a contents page, index, bibliography and glossary which enhance the reader’s experience. Autobiographies and biographies are entered in this category. Age range for this category is 0 to 18 years.

Book Week Bash | Podcast | Interview with Gail Erskine | President CBCA NSW Branch Inc

 Book Week Bash | Podcast | Interview Gail Erskine

2018  

2018 CBCA Book Week Award Winners and Honour Books
Book Week artwork

CBCA Book Week Theme: Find Your Treasure

2018's artwork was created by Illustrator and Author Anna Walker, creator of Mr Huff.

Merchandise featuring Anna's beautiful artwork may be ordered at a member's discount through the CBCA NSW Branch office. 

 

20172017 CBCA Book Week artwork | Freya Blackwood

Access:

  • the CBCA 2017 Book of the Year Awards here
  • Reading Time reviews of each book here
  • a printable list here and
  • the 2017 CBCA Book Week Shortlist here.

The Notables List for 2017 was announced on 28th February. Click here to view the list and here in printable formats.

To access information about the CBCA Book of the year Awards from our National website, click here 

There is:

- Information concerning:

  • Awards Policy
  • Judges nomination
  • An explanation regarding the new judging process for 2017

- Diary dates connected to the Book of the Year, Notables, and the Shortlist.

- Links to the Children's Book of the Year Awards in previous years including the BOYA speeches and the various Winners and Honour Books, the Notables and Short Lists

 

2016 CBCA 70th Book of the Year Awards CeremonyCBCA NSW 70th Anniversary Cake

Sydney (CBCA NSW Inc) was the proud host of this momentous occasion. View the list here (a pdf here), a news media report here and also in the third volume of iRead 2016 here.

Robert Ingpen AM | Lifetime Achievement Award  

A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award.to Robert Ingpen AM.  

Read more about it here and also in the third volume of iRead 2016 here

Read the judges report here about the 2016 winner of The Crichton Award for New illustrators,  Allison Colpoys with her book,The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade.  

Read a report here of the CBCA from Louise Owens’ blog.

  Allison Colpoys with Geraldine Woolnough | Crichton Award  2016

      Previous CBCA Book Week Themes

Year

Theme

Dates

Illustrator

2018

Find Your Treasure

18-24 August

Anna Walker

2017

Escape to Everywhere

19-26 August

Freya Blackwood

2016

Australia: Story Country

20-26 August

Shaun Tan

2015

Books light up our world

22-28 August

Art from CBCA Archives

2014

Connect to reading

16-22 August

Ron Brooks

2013

Read across the Universe

17-23 August

Bob Graham

2012

Champions Read

17-23 August

Nicki Greenberg

2011

One World, Many Stories

19-25 August

Gregory Rogers

2010

Across the Story Bridge

21-27 August

Kylie Dunstan

2009

Book Safari

22-28 August

Matt Ottley

2008

Fuel Your Mind

16-22 August

Shaun Tan

2007

READiscover

18-24 August

Colin Thompson

2006

Book Now!

19-25 August

Alison Lester

2005

Reading Rocks!

20-26 August

Neil Curtis

2004

Doorways

21-27 August

Brian Harrison-Lever

2003

Oceans of Stories

16-22 August

Armin Greder

2002

Book Week – Book Feast

17-23 August

Ron Brooks

2001

2001: A Book Odyssey

18-25 August

Anne Spudvilas

2000

The Edge of Tomorrow

19-25 August

Shaun Tan

1999

Weave the Book Web

21-27 August

Junko Morimoto

1998

Put Yourself in the Picture

22-28 August

Elizabeth Honey

1997

Bookaleidoscope

16-22 August

Narelle Oliver

1996

Anywhere Anytime Anybook

26 Aug-1 September

Steven Woolman

1995

Happy 50th birthday

1945-1995 Celebrate with Books

19-26 August

Peter Goldthorpe

1994

Carnival of Books

22-28 August

Craig Smith

1993

Go Under Cover

23-29 August

 

1992

Windows into Worlds

27 July-2 August

Bob Graham

1991

Book into the Future

29 July-4 August

Julie Vivas

1990

Imagine if you will….

30 July-5 August

Ron Brooks

1989

Dream Time

22-28 July

Graeme Base

1988

A Page of History

20-26 August

Roland Harvey

1987

Sail Away with books

15-21 August

Bob Graham

1986

Key Into Books

21-25 July

 

1985

Book Banquet

22-26 July

 

1984

Books Have it Covered

 

 

1983

Books Bridge Gaps

 

 

1982

Branch Out with Books

 

 

1981

Operation Booklink

 

 

1980

Care for Books

 

 

1979

Build with Books

 

 

1978

Blast Off with Books

 

 

1977

Lost in a Book

 

 

1976

It’s Reading Time

 

 

1975

Read All About It

 

 

1974

Books for All Seasons

 

 

1973

Books for Life

 

 

1972

Together with Books

 

 

1971

Roundabout with Books

 

 

1970

Explore with Books

 

 

1969

Books, Please

 

 

1968

Come Alive with Books

 

 

1967

Hurrah for Books

 

 

1966

The World Through Books

 

 

1965

Wonderful Books

 

 

1964

Let’s Read

 

 

1963

Make Books Your Friends

 

 

1962

Time to Read

 

 

1961

At Home with Books

 

 

1960

Treasure from Books

 

 

1959

Let’s Look at Books

 

 

1958

Round the World with Books

 

 

1957

It’s Always Book Time

 

 

1956

Adventure with Books

 

 

1955

Let’s Read

 

 

1954

Make Friends with Books

 

 

1953

Books are Fund for Everyone

 

 

1952

Good Books are Good Companions

 

 

1951

Books are Common Wealth

 

 

1950

Grow up with Books

 

 

1949

Books are Friends

 

 

1948

Books Bring Adventure

 

 

1947

Books for the World of Tomorrow

 

 

1946

Books are Bridges

 

 

1945

United Through Books