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Enjoy the official 2023 Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year Winners announcement on the CBCA National YouTube channel, or by clicking on the video above. Special thanks to the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).
We're thrilled to introduce you to the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year: Picture Book of the Year winner, illustrator Jess Racklyeft as our feature 2024 Children's Book Week® artist, bringing to life the theme "Reading is Magic!".
Watch the short theme announcement video to meet Jess and learn what inspired next year's magical theme.
Presented by young people, for young people!
Watch on our YouTube channel with link https://youtu.be/ce5xpWvFBt4 or by clicking play on the video above.
CBCA Members and all Shadow Judging Registrants, take advantage of this great offer!
The Australian Theatre for Young People, (ATYP) are excited to offer our members an exclusive 2 week offer to access their ON Demand Plus digital education platform, including the NEW Resilience and Change with August & Jones course with Pip Harry!
The offer is valid only through until Friday, 25 September, so don't delay.
Jenny Stubbs is the 2023 recipient for the prestigious Nan Chauncy Award, which honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature.
If you're releasing a children's book in 2023 and are interested in nominating for the Book of the Year Awards, now is the time to enter!
To take advantage of our super value Early Bird entry fee of $99 you'll need to get your entry in before midnight Saturday, 30 September. After that our regular entry fee of $199 per category entry fee kicks in.
Don't have a copy of your printed book yet?
Don't let that stop you from entering! As long as you meet all the remianing criteria you can still enter the competition and take advantage of the special deal. You can submit a PDF copy of your book, or simply notify the awards administrator of the publiction date, and when you will be able to submit a copy. The final deadline for all physical copies is early December, so that buys you a lot of extra time to get your book finessed and printed.
Entries for ALL children's books published from 1 January 2023 are open. Take advantage of our super early registration special of $99 deal, running from 1 April 2023 until 30 September 2023.
Entries from 1 October through 30 November $199 per book, per category. No late submissions accepted.
Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.
To enrich young lives through Australian stories.
A thriving creative world embracing the transformational power of stories across generations.
To connect, communicate, celebrate and advocate for the value of stories.
In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote children's books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians conduct activities relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
The CBCA produces a range of promotional items, including stickers for publishers to place on winning and honour books, and support materials for teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians. The range is always changing and developing.
Launching nationwide in 2022, this innovative program brings Australia's young readers directly into the CBCA Book of the Year Awards conversation. Rolled out through schools, libraries and book clubs, the professionally judged Shortlist is "shadowed" with the same criteria to find the Book of the Year voiced by the target readers themselves.
Throughout the year, we work in partnership with authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers to bring literature into the hearts and minds of children. Your donation will help us continue this important work.
The CBCA has a strong commitment and a long history of reviewing Australian children's books. For many of the seventy years CBCA has been in existence reviews were presented in our print journal Reading Time.