Other CBCA Awards

CBCA Nan Chauncy Award logo

CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

Named after the noted Tasmanian author of children’s books, the Nan Chauncy Award has been created to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. The spirit of the Award is to recognize advocacy, mentoring and volunteer work beyond paid roles and professional responsibilities. The Award is presented biennially and is an opportunity to recognize an individual or partnership whose dedicated work in advocacy and promotion of literature and literacy might otherwise not be publicly celebrated.

Award Recipient list


Current Award Recipient

The 2023 biennial award recipient will be announced on Monday, 21 August as part of our Children's Book Week celebrations. Watch this space to learn whose dedicated service has been recognised.

2023 Nan Chauncy Award Recipient

Jenny Stubbs

Mentor, educator, advocate.

Jenny personifies all the qualities and attributes to merit this award with her unparalleled commitment and significant achievements in the field. She has dedicated her life to promoting and supporting children’s literature.

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CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award

The CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award recognises a long-standing contribution by an Australian citizen to Australian children’s books and a lifetime commitment to Australian readers.


Current Award Recipient

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Margaret Wild

Margaret is one of Australia's most highly respected picture-book writers whose award-winning children's books are loved by children all over the world. She has published over seventy picture books. Margaret creates picture books that explore diverse and universal themes, particularly issues of identity, trust, love, relationships, devotion and death in a manner that is respectful of children. She has also written Jinx and One Night, which are verse novels for older children and teenagers.

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CBCA Citation for Distinguished Service logo

CBCA Citation for Distinguished Services

This national award recognises ‘long and dedicated service to the work of the National Council of the CBCA’.

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Other CBCA State Awards

Dame Annabelle Rankin Award [Queensland Branch]
A biennial award for distinguished services to children's literature in QLD.

Lady Cutler Award [NSW Branch]
For distinguished services to children’s literature in NSW.

Laurie Copping Award [ACT Branch]
For distinguished services to children's literature in the ACT.

Leila St John Award [Victorian Branch]
An annual award for distinguished services to children's literature in VIC.

Muriel Barwell Award [Western Australia]
A biennial award for distinguished services to children's literature in WA.

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