May ML Merchandise Match!

To help celebrate Kevin Hennah's 2023 Australian Tour, INSPIRED: A Library Design & Reinvigoration Showcase, the CBCA are offering 3 FREE tickets to attend this inspirational event, valued at $260. All fully paid MAY orders from our online store automatically enter the draw to win! That's right, to enter, order and pay for any product, big or small, and you have a chance to attend one of Australia's most sought after creative workshops - FREE!

Competition includes all paid orders between 1 - 31 May 2023. Winners will be notified by email on Friday, 2 June 2023.

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The 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Award Shortlist is released.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced both the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist and is brimming with stellar examples of Australian excellence in the literary craft.

CBCA National Chair Wendy Rapee said, “This year we celebrate stories for our young people created by a diverse range of new voices and artists, who all display confidence with fresh approaches to storytelling”.

The list launch featured the captivating artwork from Matt Ottley depicting his interpretation of the 2023 CBCA Children's Book Week® "Read, Grow, Inspire". You can watch the video celebrating the category shortlisted titles here or across on the National CBCA YouTube Channel.

Shadow Judging 2023

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

If you're a member of a CBCA Branch, were planning to register a group to particpate and haven't found time todo so yet?

Don't panic!

Bypass the Shadow Judging website and head straight to the Registration form in our online store.

2024 Book of the Year Awards entries are now open!

We're excited to launch our 2024 Book of the Year entries on all new software. Simply create a new account using any of the available easy access methods, step the through the itemised tabs, and place your entry!

Improved features include:

  • the ability to SAVE an entry part way through, and return to complete later
  • Quick duplication of an entry for simply and speedy entry into multiple categories
  • Simple duplication and edit of an entry to speed up bulk entries in single or multpiple categories
  • acccess to entry instructions, guidelines, and contest criteria
  • customer portal to keep you updated on the status of your entry

Entries are open now. Take advanatge 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.

Book Week merchandise

2023 Children's Book Week® "Read, Grow, Inspire" Catalogue 

There's something for everyone and every budget in our 2023 Children's Book Week® catalogue. Along with returning favourites you'll find our must-buy ‘Book Week in a Tube’ and exquisite new display products in our Artisan Range.  We also bring you an exciting new partnership with SPENCIL with a limited range of gorgeous stationery guaranteed to be the envy of all colleagues!

Create your wish list and be ready for the eStore opening mid February 2023. Download the catalogue or simply SHOP NOW!

Download catalogue (4.7Mb PDF)  SHOP NOW

2023 CBCA Digital Yearly Planner

The hugely successful 2022 Yearly Planner is back in 2023 packed full with even more features than its predecessor. Featuring the whimsical artwork of Matt Ottley, the talent behind the 2023 Children's Book Week® theme "Read, Grow, Inspire", this planner can be adapted, printed, or used as an interactive file on your school, home, or portable device.

The planner includes:

  • double–page spread weekly planner
  • recording sheets for student information, professional records, websites and important dates
  • printable CBCA Shortlist posters by Book of the Year category (available 24 hours after the official announcement Tuesday, 28 March 2023)
  • supplementary poetry resources (available early in January 2023).

Your planner features:

  • CBCA Book of the Year past winners by category 
  • recommeded First Nation Publications and resources
  • resources to help encourage reluctant readers
  • CBCA recommended great reads for older readers.

This planner has been made by CBCA book lovers and teachers, confident that no other yearly planner offers what this planner does!

Don't wish you had it, HAVE IT! Jump across to the eStore now and secure your  copy.

Shadow Judging logo sitting on top of a ten point star shape

2023 Shadow Judging Program information flyer

Registrations for the 2023 Sun Project: Shadow Judging program open on Wednesday, 1 March 2023.

Our national Shadow Judging project is back, and rolling out across Australia from 29 March, directly after the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist announcement. If you would le to be a part of the program, or simply want to find out more, download the flier for all the information about this year's program. You can join the mail out list across at

Shadow Judging flier (PDF)

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.