2024 Book of the Year Awards celebrate 2023 publications!

Entry into the 2024 CBCA Book of the Year Awards is still open. The closing date for ALL books published in 2023 is Thursday, 30 November. The cut off date for final receipt of physical copies is COB Thursday, 14 December. 

Ready to enter?

To enter your book in one or multiple categories head across to the awards entry portal: awards.cbca.org.au.

You can view past winners and shortlist recipients from the top menu item "Book of the Year". 2023 Book of the Year winner and honour books can be found at cbca.org.au/winners-2023.

We receommend checking out the eligibility requirements of the awards before completing your entry. 

Read the Awards Policy

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2023 Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year Winners

Enjoy the official 2023 Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year Winners announcement on the CBCA National YouTube channel, or by clicking on the video above. Special thanks to the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).

2024 Children's Book Week® theme is...

We're thrilled to introduce you to the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year: Picture Book of the Year winner, illustrator Jess Racklyeft as our feature 2024 Children's Book Week® artist, bringing to life the theme "Reading is Magic!".

Watch the short theme announcement video to meet Jess and learn what inspired next year's magical theme. 

Watch the YouTube announcement

2023 Book of the Year Award Winners and Honours

Presented by young people, for young people!

Watch on our YouTube channel with link https://youtu.be/ce5xpWvFBt4 or by clicking play on the video above.

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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.


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.