2024 Book of the Year Awards Notables List announced


The Notable Australian Children's Books 2024 is the perfect guide to share with young people. Compiled from critques submitted by our expert judges, this document can aid their discovery of good stories to read, a reported reason they give for not reading. So share it, discuss it, and let’s continue to grow our reading culture!


2024, a Notable year!

Superb stories for young people are found here. The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) proudly announces their 2024 Book of the Year Notables, a longlist of quality Australian children’s literature published throughout 2023. The CBCA received 656 entries for their 15 expert Judges to assess. The longlist showcases the outstanding work of 118 books, representing 43 publishers, 122 writers, and 72 illustrators. It is a healthy indicator of growth for the industry that the list includes 27 new creators.



2024 Sun Project: Shadow Judging regsistration is now open

Register now!

Young voices are welcome here

Our Sun Project: Shadow Judging is an exciting part of annual calendar. We invite young voices from groups across Australia to join the conversation about our annual Children's Book of the Year Shortlist and choose their own winner.

Creating a group of ‘shadowers' is a powerful way to connect young readers with the our Shortlisted books in a safe space where their opinions and responses can be heard.

Want to learn more about this growing program? Visit the Sun Project: Shadow Judging website at shadowjudging.cbca.org.au.

The 2024 program offically launches Wednesday, 20 March.

About the Children's Book Council of Australia

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.


Our purpose

To enrich young lives through Australian stories.

Our vision

A thriving creative world embracing the transformational power of stories across generations.

Our mission

To connect, communicate, celebrate and advocate for the value of stories.