The CBCA Awards Foundation

The Awards Foundation was established to raise $1 million to fund prizes for the Children's Book of the Year Awards, in perpetuity.

Donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation are tax deductible and can be sent to:

CBCA Awards Foundation
PO Box 172
Blackheath NSW 2785

Download a 70th Anniversary Donation Form

History of the CBCA Awards Foundation

The original prize for the Children's Book of the Year Awards was a camellia if the winner was female or a handshake if male.

Government funding supported the Awards for some time (1966-1988). This was followed by commercial sponsorship (Angus & Robertson, Penguin Books Australia, Collins Dove and Franklin Watts in 1988; Myer-Grace Bros. 1989-1993; Angus & Robertson 1994; Reed Books Australia, Australia Post and Social Book Clubs 1995) which made it possible to offer substantial monetary prizes of up to $10,000 per category to the authors and illustrators of winning and honour books.

The challenge to secure commercial sponsorship for the Awards prize money led to a decision, at the end of 1995, to set up the Awards Foundation with the aim of raising $1,000,000 to enable the CBCA to support the Awards prizes in perpetuity.

Benefactors - CBCA Awards Foundation

(Donations of $20,000+)

  • Scholastic Australia
  • Allen & Unwin Australia
  • Laurie Copping (in memoriam)
  • Thyne Reid Trust No.1

Major Donors - CBCA Awards Foundation

(Donations of $5,000+)

  • Australia Post
  • Jill Bruce
  • Sandy Campbell
  • Jean Chapman (in memoriam)
  • Era Publications
  • Max Fatchen (in memoriam)
  • Five Mile Press
  • Libby Gleeson AM
  • Bob Graham
  • Hachette Children’s Books Australia
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • HarperCollinsPublishers Australia
  • Ipswich District Teacher-Librarians' Network
  • The James N Kirby Foundation
  • Kinross-Wolaroi School, Orange
  • Koala Books
  • Library Board of Queensland
  • Beryl Moncrieff
  • Matthews (in memoriam)
  • Jill Midolo (in memoriam)
  • Angela Namoi
  • The Northern Territory Government
  • Jan Omerod (in memoriam)
  • The Parents and Boys at Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep School
  • Penguin Group (Australia)
  • Eve Pownall (in memoriam)
  • Random House Australia
  • Marion E Robertson (in memoriam)
  • Emily Rodda (Jennifer Rowe)
  • Gillian Rubinstein
  • Maurice Saxby AM
  • SA Dept of the Arts and Cultural Development
  • Cathie Tasker
  • University of Qld Press
  • Julie Vivas
  • Walker Books Australia
  • Cassandra Weddell, Qld (in memoriam)
  • Maisie Williams, Garah NSW (in memoriam)
  • Margaret Wild
  • Sue Williams