Book of the Year Awards announcement midday, 16 August 2024

Mark your calendars for Friday, 16 August 2024!

At midday AEST, we will announce the Honours and Winners of the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The announcement will come live from Sydney and available later on our YouTube channel. Titles will be listed on our website Winners page. This year the announcement will lead with the Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year Winner, voted by groups of children around Australia who applied the same judging criteria as our professional judges.

Don't miss this special event celebrating the best in children's literature!

Congratulations to all CBCA Book of the Year Award Shortlist authors, illustrators and publishers for 2024.




2024 Sun Project: Shadow Judging voting is underway!

VOTE now!

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

Voting for the 2024 program has commenced.


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!

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.