Other CBCA Awards

The Nan Chauncy Award

CBCA biennial award has been created to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. Named after Nan Chauncy, a noted Tasmanian author of children’s books, this CBCA award been created to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children's literature.

The Award consists of two parts: 

  1. A citation written by the judges

  2. A commemorative plaque. It is customary to present a plaque made of Tasmanian timber.

Past Nan Chauncy Winners

  • 1983 Marcie Muir
  • 1988 Joyce Oldmeadow
  • 2010 Lesley Reece
  • 2008 Margaret Wild
  • 2006 Muriel Barwell 
  • 2004 Margaret Hamilton  
  • 2002 Maurice Saxby  
  • 2000 Belle Alderman
  • 1998 Walter McVitty
  • 1993 Laurie Copping 
  • 2012 Robyn Sheahan-Bright
  • 2015 Libby Gleeson (link to citation at Reading Time)
  • 2017 Mem Fox 

History of the Award

From 1983 to 1998 the Award was presented every five years. At the CBCA's AGM in 1999 it was decided that the Nan Chauncy Award be given biennially, in even-numbered years (up until 2014). The Award in 2000 was presented at the CBCA 5th National Conference in Canberra and in 2002 at the 6th National Conference in Perth.

Administration of the Award

The CBCA Nan Chauncy Award is administered by the CBCA National Board who may delegate responsibility to a Coordinator.

The recipient must be an Australian citizen, no matter where residing, or a person who has been resident in Australia for at least five years. In the case of a person who is not an Australian citizen, eligibility shall cease at the time when the person ceases to be a resident of Australia. The recipient shall be a person who has made an outstanding contribution, over a period of years, to the field of Australian children's literature. Such a person could be an editor, publisher, teacher, librarian, bookseller, lecturer, researcher, author, illustrator, etc.

Nominees must be living at the time nominations close.

Other CBCA Awards

THE CBCA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

This award was presented to Robert Ingpen AM in August 2016. It marked the occasion of the CBCA's 70th Book of the Year Awards. 

The CBCA Citation for Outstanding Service to the CBCA. This National Award has previously been given to Laurie Copping and Maurice Saxby (1992); and to Belle Alderman, Margaret Hamilton and June Smith (2006). In 2009 John Cohen and Jo Goodman were awarded this citation.
 
The Crichton Award for New Illustrators  [Victorian Branch]
The Crichton Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration. It is administered by the Victorian Branch of the CBCA and the judging panel of three is nominated and elected by the executive of the Victorian Branch.
 
The Muriel  Barwell Award [Western Australia]
The Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature is a biennial award of The Children's Book Council of Australia WA Branch.
The Dame Annabelle Rankin Award [Queensland Branch]
A biennial award for Distinguished Services to Children's Literature in Queensland.

The Leila St John Award [Victorian Branch]
An annual award for distinguished services to children's literature in Victoria.
 
The Lady Cutler Award [NSW Branch]
For Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in NSW

The Dame Annabelle Rankin Award [Queensland Branch]
A biennial award for Distinguished Services to Children's Literature in Queensland.
 
The Laurie Copping Award [ACT Branch]
For Distinguished Service to Children's Literature in the ACT