Children’s Book Council of Australia | Children’s Book of the Year Awards


Children’s Book Council of Australia | Children’s Book of the Year Awards 

 Book Week 2013 | Read Across the Universe | August 17th – August 23rd


Book Week is a nationwide celebration of books, reading and Australian authors and illustrators. It is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, celebrating its 68th birthday in 2013. Book Week is managed by The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) which is a volunteer run, not for profit organisation established in 1945. If you are passionate about children’s/YA books you should definitely join your local branch.

The announcement of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards kicks off Book Week celebrations each year. The CBCA Book of the Year Awards are incredibly highly respected and regarded, both in Australia and overseas. You can read more about these awards, and the Awards Foundation here.

And today is the day! The books below are the crème de la crème of children’s and young adult books in Australia for the past year.

As someone who is a judge for the Queensland Literary Awards (not CBCA), let me just say that judging is a tough gig. The winners and honour books below have been debated and deliberated over for many months. The books on the complete 2013 Short List are all wonderful, worthy, amazing titles and if you are using the awards as a buying guide for your home or school library I would start with the entire Short List and Notables List, not just the winners.

Huge congratulations to the authors, illustrators, publishers, editors and marketing people involved in the creation of the following books!

The 2013 Book of the Year Winners and Honour Books

(titles link to Booktopia for immediate purchase…but be quick, they’ll be out of stock in a flash)

Older Readers

Winner: ‘Sea Hearts’

Honour: ‘The Ink Bridge’ and ‘Friday Brown’

These books are for mature readers – upper secondary

Younger Readers

Winner: ‘Children of the King’

Honour: ‘Pennies for Hitler’ (my review is here) and ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’ (my review is here)

Intended for independent younger readers

Early Childhood

Winner: ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ (my review is here)

Honour: ‘With Nan’ and ‘Too Many Elephants in this House’

(I picked ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ to win this category way back in December 2012. Just saying)

Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages

Picture Book

Winner:  ‘The Coat’

Honour:  ‘Herman & Rosie’ (my review is here) and ‘Sophie Scott Goes South’

Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years range

Information Book

Winner: ‘Tom the Outback Mailman’

Honour: ‘Lyrebird! A True Story’ and ‘Topsy-turvy World’

Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years range


Let the champagne (adults) and cordial (kids) flow!

Let the festivities begin!

Let’s celebrate books!

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All images reproduced with the permission of CBCA and Bob Graham


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