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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.

2019 CBCA Long List : The Notables

Announced 26th February 2019

2019 Short List  (Complete) | Announced 26th March 2019
Older Readers | Younger Readers | Early Childhood | Picture Book | Eve Pownall | New Illustrator

 

CBCA Book Week Theme | Reading is my Secret Power
CBCA Book Week  Theme 2019 | Reading is my Secret Power

2019's artwork for Reading is my Super Power was created by Illustrator and Author Bob Graham, creator of 'Home in the Rain'.
Home in the Rain Activities

Merchandise featuring Bob's beautiful artwork may be ordered through the CBCA NSW Branch office. * DISCOUNT prices for current CBCA NSW members are only available through the NSW Branch Office.*

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                 

 2019  

 Reading is my Secret Power

 17-23 August

 Bob Graham

 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