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.

Gold medal graphic

Text graphic that reads Sun Project Shadow Judging Book of the Year Award Winner, with a gold medal

CBCA Member exclusive offer from ATYP

CBCA Members and all Shadow Judging Registrants, take advantage of this great offer!

The Australian Theatre for Young People, (ATYP) are excited to offer our members an exclusive 2 week offer to access their ON Demand Plus digital education platform, including the NEW Resilience and Change with August & Jones course with Pip Harry!

The offer is valid only through until Friday, 25 September, so don't delay.

Download the PDF flier

Play Pip Harry interview

Jenny Stubbs named as the 2023 Recipient of the biennial Nan Chauncy Award

Jenny Stubbs is the 2023 recipient for the prestigious Nan Chauncy Award, which honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature.

2024 Book of the Year Awards celebrate 2023 publications!

If you're releasing a children's book in 2023 and are interested in nominating for the Book of the Year Awards, now is the time to enter!

Early Bird half price entry discount ends 30 September

To take advantage of our super value Early Bird entry fee of $99 you'll need to get your entry in before midnight Saturday, 30 September. After that our regular entry fee of $199 per category entry fee kicks in.

Don't have a copy of your printed book yet?

Don't let that stop you from entering! As long as you meet all the remianing criteria you can still enter the competition and take advantage of the special deal. You can submit a PDF copy of your book, or simply notify the awards administrator of the publiction date, and when you will be able to submit a copy. The final deadline for all physical copies is early December, so that buys you a lot of extra time to get your book finessed and printed.

Entries for ALL children's books published from 1 January 2023 are open. Take advantage 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.


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.