Earlier this week the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced the books selected for the 2018 CBCA Awards Shortlist. These are the best Australian children’s and YA titles from the last 12 months. With so many incredible books featured in the shortlist, the judges are definitely going to have their work cut out for them trying to decide on the winners!
Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers voted into each category!
The Book of the Year: Older Readers
Shortlisted titles: Mallee Boys by Charlie Archbold, In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black, Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood, Because of You by Pip Harry, The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil, Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield.
The Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Shortlisted titles: The Elephant by Peter Carnavas, How to Bee by Bren Madcdibble, Henrietta and the Perfect Night by Martine Murray, Marsh and Me by Martine Murray, The Shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda, The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan.
The Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Shortlisted titles: Rodney Loses It! by Michael Gerard Bauer and Chrissie Krebs (Illustrator), The Second Sky by Patrick Guest and Jonathan Bentley (Illustrator), I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh (Illustrator), Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! by Lisa Shanahan and Binny (Illustrator), The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester, Boy by Phil Cummings and Shane DeVries (Illustrator).
The Picture Book of the Year
Shortlisted titles: Mopoke. by Philip Bunting, The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood, Swan Lake by Anne Spudvilas, A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins, Ten Pound Pom by Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli (Illustrator), Florette by Anna Walker.
The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Shortlisted titles: Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost (Illustrator), M is for Mutiny!: History by Alphabet by John Dickon and Bern Emmerichs (Illustrator), Left & Right by Lorna Hendry, Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines by Prue & Kerry Mason and Tom Jellett (Illustrator), Koala by Claire Saxby and Julie Vivas (Illustrator).
Crichton Award for New Illustrators
Shortlisted titles: Can You Find Me? by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington (Illustrator), I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon, The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild and Vivienne To (Illustrator), Once Upon an ABC by Sophie Masson and Christopher Nielsen (Illustrator), Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Rovina Cai (Illustrator), Mopoke. by Philip Bunting.
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Tanaya has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember. Now, her book collection is a little out of control, mostly consisting of YA fiction and pretty hardcovers. When she’s not reading, she spends a lot of her time taking photos of books for her bookstagram account, @prettypagesblog. She also has a love of Disneyland, bullet journaling and cats.
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