CBCA Book of the Year 2017 Short List announced

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) today announced the Short List for the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

The CBCA Awards are the longest running book awards in Australia. From the small list of books entered in 1946, entries have now grown to well over 400, underscoring the strength and richness of Australian publishing for children, and the talent of those who create the books.

‘Many of the books selected this year will move readers with a wonderful mix of stories that are sad, honest, informative and funny,’ said CBCA National Chair, Professor Margot Hillel OAM.

‘Humour is used to deal with themes ranging from friendship and grief, to bullying and love. Interestingly, several titles feature the weather, and across all categories, animals remain a popular theme. Characters are both gutsy and relatable, although not always likeable.’

‘We are delighted to see a number of debut authors in our Short List, including four in the Older Readers category.’ Hillel said. ‘Australian contemporary children’s literature is thriving.’

The CBCA supports Australian authors and illustrators of books for young readers. These esteemed awards are extremely influential in children’s publishing and bookselling, providing information about quality children's books for schools, libraries and the community at large.

The categories judged are:

  • CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • CBCA Picture Book of the Year
  • The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards will be announced and presented in Hobart on Friday August 18, 2017. Along with the category winners, also announced is the winner of the CBCA Victorian Branch Crichton Award for New Illustrators which is a National award administered by the Victorian Branch.

For the full list of the CBCA 2017 Book of the Year Short List please visit our special coverage here

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