The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2016 Short List


I’ve not been at an announcement of The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist since I was national VP quite some years ago now. The excitement in the room is palpable and to be surrounded by creators of some of the BEST books in the country is an honour indeed. Such an honour. I adore this industry with a passion that is possibly OTT and the CBCA is a huge part of this industry. Australia 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. And now….DRUM ROLLL…here is the 2016 Book of the Year Short List. I’ve skipped lunch to write these all out for you…thank me later.

These are the crème de la crème of books in Australia at the moment. Purchase and devour them all. NOW. Gush over.2016 CBCA Short List Early Childhood

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

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

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

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

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

‘Mr Huff’, Anna Walker, Penguin Random House.2016 CBCA Book of the Yeat Younger Readers

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‘Molly and Pim and the Millons of Stars’, Martine Murray, Text Publishing.

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

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

‘Soon’, Morris Gleitzman, Penguin.

‘Sister Heart’, Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press.

‘The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet’, Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood (ill.), Allen & Unwin.2016 CBCA Book of the Year Short List Picture BooksClick on titles to purchase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Short List Older Readers

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

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

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

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

‘Inbetween Days’, Vikki Wakefield, Text Publishing.

‘Cloudwish’, Fiona Wood, Macmillan Australia.

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Short List

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

‘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.

‘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.

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

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