Check out the 2022 CBCA Shortlist!

by |March 29, 2022
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The Children’s Book Council of Australia have revealed the 2022 Book of the Year shortlist, featuring authors such as Gary Lonesborough, Karen Foxlee, Sami Bayly and more!

Established in 1946, the CBCA Books of the Year celebrate the previous year in Australian children’s publishing, with awards given across six different categories.

The Winner and Honour Books list will be announced at noon AEST on Friday, August 19 — read on for the full 2022 CBCA shortlist!

Book of the Year: Older Readers

The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna

How to Repaint a Life by Steven Herrick

Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn

Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel by Nicki Greenberg

Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

Exit Through the Gift Shop by Maryam Master, illustrated by Astred Hicks

A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr

Huda and Me by H. Hayek

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Amira’s Suitcase by Vikki Conley, illustrated by Nicky Johnston

Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville

Walk of the Whales by Nick Bland

What Do You Call Your Grandma? by Ashleigh Barton, illustrated by Martina Heiduczek

When the Waterhole Dries Up by Kaye Baillie, illustrated by Max Hamilton

Winston and the Indoor Cat by Leila Rudge

Picture Book of the Year

Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Gabriel Evans

The Boy and the Elephant by Freya Blackwood

Iceberg by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft

The Inheritance by Armin Greder

Just One Bee by Margrete Lamond and Anthony Bertini, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen

Stellarphant by James Foley

Eve Pownall Award

Book of Curious Birds by Jennifer Cossins

The First Scientists by Corey Tutt, illustrated by Blak Douglas

Heroes, Rebels and Innovators by Karen Wyld, illustrated by Jaelyn Biumaiwai

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly

Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System by Safdar Ahmed

Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler, illustrated by Emma Long

Congratulations to all of the authors on the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist!

Find out more about the Children’s Book Council of Australia here

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