CBCA 2022 Book of the Year Award Announcement

The countdown has started!


Sweeping from beach to bush and Daintree to Antarctic, this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards capture a panorama of Australian life.

The 2022 CBCA Shortlist, and the preceding Notables, presented this year's judges with richness, variety, and quality, reflecting the hunger with our younger Australian readers for diverse stories of today's modern landscape. While every book that enriches the lives of young people, whether it be through laughter, drama, debate, curiosity, should be celebrated, there can only be one winner. WHO WILL IT BE?

The wait is nearly over. Join us here, Friday, 19 August at 12:00 pm (noon) AEDT, to find out which titles across the six categories will be named 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Winner.

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Shadowers' Choice Awards Announcement

For the last couple of months, right around Australia, young reading groups have been engaging deeply with the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist, reading, discussing and critiquing using the same criteria as the CBCA Book of the Year Judges use. On Friday, 26 August the CBCA will be proud to acknowledge their choices for a winner in five categories.

Help the CBCA wrap up another year of national celebrations for Children's Book Week, by joining us, right here, for the 2022 Sun Project Shadowers' Choice Awards Announcement.

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CBCA and Booktopia partnership

As part of the 14th National Conference, Gold Sponsor booktopia are supporting the CBCA by returning 7.5% of sales made when you click through from any of the booktopia affiliate links on our site. So even if you aren't in Canberra, in person this weekend, you can still be a part of a bookshelf "top-up" and help raise funds for the CBCA.

Anywhere you see the Booktopia symbol Booktopia icon on the website you can click through to the Booktopia Bookstore and add your book of interest to your cart.

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2022 FFLL Symposium


13 leading like-minded associations join together under a single "umbrella" to advocate for the power and pleasure of literature in the development of literacy. Commencing June 8 and concluding mid November 2022 (then every couple of weeks in term time) you can join with the CBCA and a host of others sharing a series of free online presentations.

If you love a good story, register for these free sessions and join us as we share the joy and wonder with future generations

Program dates, details and registration can be found at the Foundation For Learning and Literacy's Symposium website: https://foundationforlearningandliteracy.info/symp-home/

Book of the Year 2022 - Shortlist Announcement

As we move towards June, our celebrations for our 2022 CBCA Shortlist winners continues as we bring you personal snippets from the talented authors and illlustrators whose works feature in the rich list of books. Watch our social media channels for interviews, videos and artwork that will take us into the creative minds behind these winning books. Jump across to our Shortlist Page to download the list of winning titles or find out more about each entry.

You can watch our special 2022 CBCA Shortlist Book of the Year Awards announcement on the CBCA YouTube channel

About the CBCA

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 presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.