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The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA)




Children's Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia. Each year's Book Week has a special theme and schools and public libraries from all over the country spend the week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

The Children's Book of the Year Awards will be announced at the beginning of Book Week on August 18. Judges from all states will vote on the best Australian books that were published during the prior year, first developing a shortlist of six titles for each category: Early Childhood; Young Readers; Older Readers; Picture Books and Information Books. For more information about Book Week, previous year's themes and the awards, please visit The Official CBCA Website.

Official Announcement on the CBCA Website: CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist 2017 Announced


Shortlisted Titles

The shortlists for the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

Older Readers

  • Waer (Meg Caddy, Text)
  • Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Macmillan)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)
  • Yellow (Megan Jacobson, Penguin Random House)
  • Frankie (Shivaun Plozza, Penguin Random House)
  • One Would Think the Deep(Claire Zorn, UQP) WINNER

Younger Readers

  • Rockhopping (Trace Balla, A&U) WINNER
  • Within These Walls (Rovyn Bavati, Scholastic)
  • A Most Magical Girl (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)
  • Mrs Whitlam (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala)
  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade (Kate Temple, Jol Temple & John Foye, A&U)

Early Childhood

  • Go Home, Cheeky Animals! (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U) WINNER
  • All I Want for Christmas Is Rain (Cori Brooke, illus by Megan Forward, New Frontier)
  • The Snow Wombat (Susannah Chambers, illus by Mark Jackson, A&U)
  • Nannie Loves (Kylie Dunstan, Working Title Press)
  • Chip (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile)
  • Gary (Leila Rudge, Walker Books)

Picture Book

  • One Photo (Ross Watkins, illus by Liz Anelli, Viking)
  • Mechanica: A Beginner's Field Guide (Lance Balchin, Five Mile)
  • Home in the Rain(Bob Graham, Walker Books) WINNER
  • My Brother (Tiffan Huxley, Dee Huxley & Oliver Huxley, Working Title Press)
  • The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian)
  • Out (Angela de Pourbaix, illus by Owen Swan, Scholastic)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)
  • A-Z of Endangered Animals (Jennifer Cossins, Hachette)
  • The Gigantic Book of Genes (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)
  • Fabish, The Horse that Braved a Bushfire (Neridah McMullin, illus by Andrew McLean, A&U)
  • Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks(Gina M Newton, NLA) WINNER
  • William Bligh: A Stormy Story of Tempestuous Times (Michael Sedunary, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)

View the full list of Notables here: CBCA Book of the Year Notables 2017 Announced

Supply of CBCA Shortlisted Titles:

Please note: Not all publishers hold stock of their titles when the Shortlisted Books are announced. As a result, Kookaburra, like all other distributors, cannot supply until new stock is reprinted. This situation is beyond our control and may result in a waiting period for some titles. Some orders may be delivered over several deliveries.

We apologise for any delays that may occur and will endeavour to get the books to you as soon as possible.