Presenting the 2020 CBCA Shortlist

The 2020 CBCA Shortlist is a treasure trove of some of the best Australian children's books published over the past year. In 2020, for the first time, we are offering a feast of resources for each of the CBCA Shortlisted titles, so you'll be able to dig deeper!
For comments and videos from authors and illustrators, Reading Time reviews, CBCA Judges' critiques, teaching notes and more,

Watch the special Shortlist announcement on Youtube

Download the 2020 Shortlist in PDF

Download the 2020 CBCA Judges' Report in PDF

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13-18 years (NB: These books are for mature readers in this category and some deal with particularly challenging themes including violence and suicide. Parental guidance is recommended).

The Boy Who Steals Houses
Drews, C.G.
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9781408349922
How It Feels to Float
Fox, Helena
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781760783303
Ghost Bird
Fuller, Lisa
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702260230
When the Ground is Hard
Nunn, Malla
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760524814
Four Dead Queens
Scholte, Astrid
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760524418
This Is How We Change the Ending
Wakefield, Vikki
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922268136
Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years. Ages 7-12 years.

The Little Wave
Harry, Pip
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702260476
The Thing About Oliver
Kelly, Deborah
Wombat Books
ISBN: 9781925563818
The Dog Runner
MacDibble, Bren
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760523572
Catch a Falling Star
McKinlay, Meg
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781925381207
The Glimme
Rodda, Emily
Illus. McBride, Marc
Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781862919570
The Secrets of Magnolia Moon
Wyatt, Edwina
Illus. Quinn, Katherine
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760651541
Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0-6 years.

We're Stuck!
deGennaro, Sue
Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760663476
One Runaway Rabbit
Metzenthen, David
Illus. Murphy, Mairead
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760523558
Bat vs Poss
Moses, Alexa
Illus. Tortop, Anil
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734418388
When Billy Was a Dog
Murray, Kirsty
Illus. Blair, Karen
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760631826
My Friend Fred
Watts, Frances
Illus. Yi, A.
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760290948
Goodbye House, Hello House
Wild, Margaret
Illus. James, Ann
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743311103
Picture Book of the Year

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and Illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through Illusrations. Ages 0-18 years (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers).

Note: Picture Books are listed by the Illustrator, followed by the author

Hello Lighthouse
Blackall, Sophie
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9781408357392
Magerl, Caroline
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760651251
I Need a Parrot
McKimmie, Chris
Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781925804287
King, Stephen Michael
Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760664053
The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature
Ober, Jules
Coonan, Felicity
Text. Ober, Pierre-Jacques
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781536204827
Walker, Anna
Text. Godwin, Jane
Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760663728
Eve Pownall Award

Entries in this category should be books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Ages 0-18 years.

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals
Bayly, Sami
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734419019
Searching for Cicadas
Gibbes, Lesley
Illus. Watson, Judy
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781922244420
A Hollow is a Home
Mitchell, Abbie
Illus. Hicks, Astred
CSIRO Publishing
ISBN: 9781486308057
Wilam: A Birrarung Story
Murphy, Aunty Joy & Kelly, Andrew
Illus. Kennedy, Lisa
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781925381764
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History
Pascoe, Bruce
Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925360844
Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery
Riddle, Tohby
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760631451
CBCA Award for New Illustrator

This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book Illusration. Ages 0-18 years.

Louie and Snippy Save the Sea
Cowan, Grant
Berbay Publishing
ISBN: 9780648529101
Macdonald, Bethany
Dirt Lane Press
ISBN: 9780648023869
McGeachin, Jess
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9781760892562
Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines
Watson, Leanne Mulgo
Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925936865
Baby Business
Seymour, Jasmine
Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925768671
Little Bird’s Day
Malibirr, Johnny Warrkatja
Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925768923