The 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Notables List is live

Jump across to our Notables Page to see the full, superb 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Notables list, announced Tuesday, 28 February.

If you have a couple of minutes, and prefer to watch the list unfold dramatically, view the video announcement here, or slide across to our You Tube channel, and find the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year playlist.

Mark your diaries for the next big CBCA Book of the Year date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023 CBCA Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

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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)


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Our Annual Digital Planner is back!


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2023 Nan Chauncy Award Nominations are open

Named after the noted Tasmanian author of children’s books, the Nan Chauncy Award has been created to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. The spirit of the Award is to recognize advocacy, mentoring and volunteer work beyond paid roles and professional responsibilities. The Award is presented biennially and is an opportunity to recognize an individual or partnership whose dedicated work in advocacy and promotion of literature and literacy might otherwise not be publicly celebrated.

It is time to think about nominating a recipient for the CBCA 2023 Nan Chauncy Award. This is a wonderful opportunity to honour and celebrate the work of a person who has made a significant contribution to the field of Australian Children’s Literature.

Nominations close Friday, 28 April 2023.

Visit the Nan Chauncy Award page to learn more about this CBCA biennial award.

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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.

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.