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Voting has now opened for participating groups in the 2024 Sun Project: Shadow Judging program. Shadowers everywhere, it’s time to gather, debate, and decide.

2024 Sun Project: Shadow Judging Voting Is Underway!

Young voices are welcome here

Our Sun Project: Shadow Judging is an exciting part of annual calendar. Young voices have been invited to form groups across Australia creating conversation about our annual Children’s Book of the Year Shortlist. The books have read and now it’s time they choose their winner.

Want to learn more about this growing program or register your group’s vote? Visit the Sun Project: Shadow Judging website at shadowjudging.cbca.org.au.

Voting for the 2024 program has commenced.

2025 early-bird entry ends September 30

As we get excited by the countdown to this years CBCA Book of the Year Awards Winners and Honours announcement, you can’t neglect another clock ticking down in the background. The cut-off date to accept Early-bird entries at the discounted entry fee of $99 is 30 September. If you have plans to enter the prestigious Australian children’s book awards now is the time.

Even if you don’t have physical copies from the printer in your hands you can still complete an entry. All physical copies must be received by the final entry cut-off date 30 November, unless otherwise arranged.

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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.

The CBCA is made up of state branches, that work to promote literature and literacy in their state. The branches each send a representative to the judging panel for the Book of the Year awards.

Members of the CBCA’s National Board are either nominated by their state/territory branches or sit as independent directors.

Book of the Year

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.

Children's Book Week®

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.

CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging

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.

Donate to our Gift Fund

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.

Reading Time

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.

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