ABC Radio Bookworms: CBCA Book of the Year Awards


The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. This evening on 612ABC Brisbane, I will be chatting with David Curnow about the 2016 Notables list – which is basically the long list for this prestigious award.ABC-612-Brisbane1Australia has an incredibly diverse, vibrant and fabulous children’s literary community which produces some of the best children’s books in the world and the CBCA Book of the Year Awards recognize some of this exceptional talent each year, through the notables, short lists and Book Week celebrations. The theme for Book Week 2016 is ‘Australia: Story Country’ – a theme I am very much looking forward to exploring in our school library.

The CBCA Book of the Year awards were established in 1946, with the first winners receiving a camellia flower, before generous donations ensured a monetary prize for each category. The CBCA stickers on the front covers of children’s and YA books carry a hefty weight in terms of literary honour, and are widely recognized by parents and children alike as they select books from their public or school library, or at their local bookstore.CBCA_full-logo_blue_tagline

The Short List and Notables for 2016 can be used as a buying guide for home, school and library collections as they are an excellent starting point for parents and teachers looking to read the crème de la crème of children’s/YA literature in Australia. With five categories of book awards, there is a book to suit children from birth to 18 years old, and their parents and teachers!  The rigorous process of CBCA judging ensures the books on the Notables list are of a high literary standard. It is important to keep in mind that the CBCA Book of the Year Awards are based on the literary merit of each book and are not children’s choice/popular awards.

Each category contains a large range of books, suitable for different age groups, and parents/teachers should assess the themes and content of an individual book before choosing it for their child or classroom.2016 BOTY Younger Readers‘Molly and Pim and the Millons of Stars’, Martine Murray, Text Publishing.

‘Shadows of the Master’, Emily Rodda, Scholastic.

‘The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet’, Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood (ill.), Allen & Unwin.

‘Bridget: A New Australian’, James Moloney, Scholastic.

‘Bella and the Wandering House’, Meg McKinlay, Fremantle Press.

‘Run, Pip, Run’, JC Jones, Allen and Unwin.

‘Soon’, Morris Gleitzman, Penguin.

‘The 65-Storey Treehouse’, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (ill.), Pan Macmillan Australia.

‘300 Minutes of Danger’, Jack Heath, Allen & Unwin.

‘Hush Treasure Book’, Karen Tayleur, Allen and Unwin.

‘Helix and the Arrival’, Damean Posner, Jules Faber (ill.), Random House Australia.

‘The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack’, Jen Storer, Lucinda Gifford (ill.), HarperCollins.

‘Sister Heart’, Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press.

‘The Cut Out’, Jack Heath, Allen & Unwin.Booktopia2016 BOTY Younger Readers1

‘The Beauty is in the Walking’, James Moloney, Harper Collins Australia.

‘A Single Stone’, Meg McKinlay, Walker Books.

‘In the Skin of a Monster’, Kathryn Barker, Allen and Unwin.

‘The River and the Book’, Alison Croggon, Walker Books.

‘The Flywheel’, Erin Gough, Hardie Grant Egmont.

‘One True Thing’, Nicole Hayes, Penguin Random House.

‘The Pause’, John Larkin, Penguin Random House.

‘Freedom Ride’, Sue Lawson, Black Dog Books, Walker Books.

‘Talk Under Water’, Kathryn Lomer, University of Queensland Press.

‘Newt’s Emerald’, Garth Nix, Allen & Unwin.

‘For the Forest of the Bird’, Sue Saliba, Penguin Random House.

‘A Small Madness’, Diane Touchell, Allen & Unwin.

‘Inbetween Days’, Vikki Wakefield, Text Publishing.

‘The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex’, Gabrielle Williams, Allen & Unwin.

‘Rich and Rare’, Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing.

‘Cloudwish’, Fiona Wood, Macmillan Australia.


‘Adelaide’s Secret World’, Elise Hurst, Allen & Unwin.

‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, Eric Bogle, Bruce Whatley (ill.), Allen & Unwin.

‘Bob the Railway Dog’, Corinne Fenton, Andrew McLean (ill.), Walker Books.

‘Eye to Eye’, Graeme Base, Penguin Random House.

‘Flight’, Nadia Wheatley, Armin Greder(ill.), Windy Hollow Books.

‘How the Sun got to Coco’s House’, Bob Graham, Walker Books.

‘In the Evening’, Edwina Wyatt, Gaye Chapman(ill.),  Hardie Grant Egmont, Little Hare.

‘Lara of Newtown’, Chris McKimmie, Allen & Unwin.

‘Mr Huff’, Anna Walker, Penguin Random House.

‘My Dead Bunny’, James  Foley, Sigi  Cohen, Walker Books Australia.

‘My Gallipoli‘, Ruth Starke, Robert Hannaford (ill.), Working Title Press.

‘Numerical Street’, Hilary Bell, Antonia Pesenti (ill.), New South Publishing.

‘One Step at a Time’, Jane Jolly, Sally Heinrich(ill.),  Midnight Sun Publishing.

‘Perfect’, Danny Parker,  Freya Blackwood (ill.),  Little Hare.

‘Platypus’, Sue Whiting, Mark Jackson (ill.), Walker Books.

‘Ride, Ricardo, Ride!’,  Shane Cummings, Phil Devries (ill.), Omnibus Books.

‘Suri’s Wall’, Lucy Estela, Matt Ottley (ill.), Penguin Random House.

‘Teacup’, Rebecca Young, Matt Ottley (ill.), Scholastic Press.

‘The Eagle Inside’, Bronwyn Bancroft, Jack Manning-Bancroft, Little Hare.

‘What’s Up MuMu?’, David Mackintosh,  HarperCollins.

‘Where’s Jessie?’, Janeen Brian, Anne Spudvilas (ill.), NLA Publishing.

‘Why I Love Footy’, Michael Wagner, Tom Jellett (ill.), Penguin Random House.Booktopia2016 Book of the Year: Early Childhood‘Alfie’s Lost Sharkie’, Anna Walker, Scholastic Press.

‘My Dog Bigsy’, Alison Lester, Penguin Random House.

‘As Big As You’, Sara Acton, Scholastic Press.

‘Ollie and the Wind’, Ghosh Ronojoy, Random House Australia.

‘Bogtrotter’, Margaret Wild, Judith Rossell (ill.), Walker Books.

‘Frog Finds a Place’, Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina (ill.), Omnibus Books.

‘I Need a Hug’, Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Press.

‘I’m a Hungry Dinosaur’, Janeen Brian, Ann James (ill.), Penguin Random House.

‘Meep’, Andy Geppert, Tiny Owl Workshop.

‘Perfect’, Danny Parker, Anna Walker (ill.), Little Hare.

‘Pig the Fibber’, Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Press.

‘Puddles are for Jumping’, Kylie Dunstan, Windy Hollow Books.

‘Small and Big’, Karen Collum, Ben Wood (ill.), Windy Hollow Books.

‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’, Tony Wilson, Laura Wood (ill.), Scholastic Press.

‘The Very Noisy Bear’, Nick Bland, Scholastic Press.

‘This & That’, Mem Fox, Judy Horacek (ill.), Scholastic Australia.

‘This is a Ball’, Beck and Matt Stanton, ABC Books.

‘Thunderstorm Dancing’, Katrina Germein, Judy Watson (ill.), Allen and Unwin.

‘Too Busy Sleeping’, Zanni Louise, Anna Pignataro (ill.), Little Hare.

‘Piranha’s Don’t Eat Banana’s’, Aaron Blabley, Scholastic Press.

‘What Do You Wish For?’, Jane Godwin, Anna Walker (ill.), Penguin Random House.

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‘The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert’, Jakuna Mona Chuguna & Pat Lowe, Mervyn Street (ill.), Magabala Books.

‘Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect’, Rohan Cleave, Coral Tulloch (ill.), CSIRO Publishing.

‘Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea’, Danielle Clode, Museum Victoria.

‘The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake’, Peter Gouldthorpe, Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia.

‘The Amazing True Story of how Babies are Made’, Fiona Katauskas, ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers Australia.

‘Green Tree Frogs’, Sandra Kendell, Windy Hollow Books.

‘A is for Australia’, Frane Lessac, Walker Books Australia.

‘Australian Kids Through the Years’, Tania McCartney, Andrew Joyner (ill.), NLA Publishing.

‘ANZAC Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front’, Allison Marlow Paterson, Big Sky Publishing.

‘Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony’, Stephanie Owen Reeder, NLA Publishing.

‘Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs’, Robyn Siers, Carlie Walker (ill.), Department of Veterans Affairs.

‘My Gallipoli’, Ruth Starke, Robert Hannaford (ill.), Working Title Press.

‘Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change’, Carole Wilkinson, Black Dog Books, Walker Books Australia.

‘We are the Rebels: the Men and Women who made Eureka’, Clare Wright, Text Publishing.

‘Alice’s Food A – Z’, Alice Zaslavsky, Walker Books Australia.


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