CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016

Congratulations to all our winners!

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the prestigious 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, recognising the depth of talent in Australian children’s literature.

Professor Margot Hillel, Chair of the CBCA National Board says, “It’s wonderful for our much-loved authors and illustrators to be acknowledged for their work, and we’re thrilled to see new writers in the mix across all categories.”

Celebrating our 70th anniversary, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards reflect the strength and diversity of Australia’s book industry. With over 400 books entered for this year’s awards, the judges have the difficult task of choosing just one winner and two honour book recipients in each of the five award categories.

Prizes for winning and honour books are funded by the CBCA Awards Foundation, set up in 1996 with $1million from a national fund-raising campaign. These funds are held in trust and earnings on investments each year fund the prizes.

According to Professor Hillel, “Australian picture books are recognised internationally for their innovative approach to illustration, pushing boundaries in design and media.  In our long association with children’s literature what hasn’t changed is the joy children experience with a real book—hugging it, smelling it, turning the pages, sharing it with an adult.” 

Following the Awards announcement, Children’s Book Week begins with activities in libraries, schools and communities across the country. This year’s theme is Australia! Story Country and will see children’s book character parades taking place in schools and talented librarians creating amazing displays, all to celebrate the Australian children’s book industry.

“Having access to quality literature is so important for children, from early childhood books which are crucial in developing early literacy, through to YA books helping older readers tackle contemporary problems. The 2016 winning and honour books are the tip of the iceberg of delightful, surprising and fascinating Australian books available today,” says Hillel.

Take a look at all the Honour books and Winning titles at our special CBCA Book of the Year coverage here: