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CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners and Honour Books

2017 CBCA Book of the Year Award Winner and Honour Books

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced 18 August 2017.

View the winner and honour books here. 

Download a printable list here

Access Reading Time reviews of each book here.

The winning titles in each of the categories are:

Older Readers


One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, UQP)

Honour books

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Macmillan)

The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)

Younger Readers


Rockhopping (Trace Balla, A&U)

Honour books                                  

Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)

Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade (Kate Temple, Jol Temple & John Foye, A&U)

Early Childhood


Go Home, Cheeky Animals! (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U)

Honour books  

Nannie Loves (Kylie Dunstan, Working Title Press)

Gary (Leila Rudge, Walker Books)

Picture Book


Home in the Rain (Bob Graham, Walker Books)

Honour books                  

Mechanica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile Press)

The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (Gina M Newton, NLA Publishing)

Honour books  

A-Z of Endangered Animals (Jennifer Cossins, Red Parka Press)

The Gigantic Book of Genes (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)

Crichton Award for Debut Illustrator


Van T Rudd for The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Lothian).

To see the shortlisted titles, click here.

This year’s Children’s Book Week runs from 19 to 26 August with the theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

For more information about the CBCA Awards and Children’s Book Week, visit the CBCA website here.