CBCA 14th National CBCA Conference

"Dreaming with our eyes open..." in Canberra, 10-12 June 2022

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Get ready for three days of dynamic professional evelopment, delivered by exceptional talent, surrounded by peers and professionals driven to build a world of powerful and inspirational children's literature.

You'll hear from the likes of multi-award winner Claire Saxby, professional speakers such as Sue Whiting and Gina Newton, plus new voices including Kate Foster and Jordan Collins, to just name a few. Co-curators SCBWI also have planned pitching and storytelling sessions bringing writers and publishers together providing a window for attendess to see where and how the books we all love begin!


Shadow Judging FAQs

Shadow Judging 2022

Can you hear that…? It’s the sound of young voices eager to join the discussion about the future of Australian children’s literature.

To find out more head through to our Shadow Judging page. It contains all the information needed to apply to participate in our Project. Registrations are due by April 8.

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Join us in June in Canberra

Registration is available now for in-person attendance in Canberra, for all three days, Saturday or Sunday only, and an online virtually streamed option for those wanting to join in but can't make it in person. Visit the Conference Costs page to see your registertions options.

Bookmark the National Conference webpage to keep up to date with program information, face-to-face events and online opportunities.

We look forward to sharing dreams with you in Canberra.

Bravo! to our Shortlisted creators

As we move into May, our celebrations for our 2022 CBCA Shortlist winners continues as we bring you personal snippets from the talented authors and illlustrators whose works feature in the rich list of books. Watch our social media channels for interviews, videos and artwork that will take us into the creative minds behind these winning books. Jump across to our Shortlist Page to download the list of winning titles or find out more about each entry.

Don't forget our 2022 Notables

Don't stop the celebrations for our 100+ creators on the 2022 CBCA Book Awards Notables List. Selected from our biggest pool of entries across our 76 year history, reaching the Notables List has never been such a HUGE accomplishment.

Enjoy our spotlight video, or jump across to our 2022 Book Awards Notables Page.

Yearly Planner

Get your young people to read great Australian books all year round with our brand new CBCA Yearly Planner. Featuring beautiful artwork by award-winning illustrator Jasmine Seymour, it includes:

  • double page weekly planner
  • recording sheets for student information, professional records, websites and passwords etc
  • printable CBCA Shortlist posters
  • poetry resources.

Book lists for:

  • the 2022 ‘Dreaming with eyes open’ theme
  • significant and special days ie ANZAC Day, NAIDOC Week etc
  • different ages
  • non-fiction
  • all the previous CBCA winners.

Buy your copy now on the CBCA eStore

Yearly Planner - 'a quick look inside'

Book Week merchandise

NEW! 2022 CBCA Catalogue

Something for every budget including the must-buy ‘Book Week in a Tube’ and an exquisite new Artisan Range, plus all your favourites. 

Create your wish list and be ready for the eStore opening.

Check out our 2022 CBCA catalogue (MP4) now!

2022 CBCA catalogue (PDF)

About the CBCA

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.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.