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You Be The Judge

The Judging Criteria

Once you've created a wonderful display of all the Shortlisted books, what's next? 

Why not set up your own panel of experts for judging the Book Of the Year at your school or library? What a great reason to read books! 

The five book categories in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards are:

  • Older Readers 
  • Younger Readers 
  • Early Childhood 
  • Picture Books  
  • (Eve Pownall) Information Books

The CBCA judges use a set of criteria or standards to determine which books will win awards in each category. The following information pages will help you learn more about the categories and the judging criteria. 

CBCA Book of the Year Categoriesboy reading

Further Category Terms

Additional Judging Criteria

Book Of the Year Awards Policy

 

You Be the Judge - Picture Book of the Year (download PDF resource)

Awards will be made to outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity, or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. As a general guideline, the judges may consider the relative success of a picture book in balancing and

As a general guideline, the judges may consider the relative success of a picture book in balancing and harmonising the following elements: (give a score out of 10 for each one)

  1. book coversartistic style and graphic excellence (including typography and its suitability for the implied readership) 
  2. effective use of media and technique
  3. colour, line, shape, texture
  4. relationship between illustration and text
  5. consistency of style, characterisation, information and setting
  6. clarity, appropriateness and aesthetic appeal of illustrations
  7. quality of book design, production, printing and binding
  8. appeal to the child reader.
A. Add a star to the book that is most appealing to you
B. Total of 1 to 8 (maximum possible of 80)
C. Convert to a percentage (80/80 = 100%)
You Be the Judge - Early Childhood (download PDF resource)

Awards will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama, poetry or concept books for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. They may be wordless picture books, picture story books, or texts in which illustrations play a substantial part in the concept development.

In your pair/ group read and discuss each book. Score the book out of ten for each element. Use a calculator to convert your score to a percentage so that we can compare. 

  1. Pre-reading
  2. Storyline/Concept
  3. Illustrations
  4. Language
  5. Appealing to the age group
  6. Total of 1 to 5 (maximum possible of 50)
  7. Convert to a percentage (50/50=100%)