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Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.

 

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2020 Short List Books

 

Early Childhood

 9781760663476

We're Stuck!

by Sue DeGennaro

9781760523558

One Runaway Rabbit

by David Metzenthen

Illustrated by Mairead Murphy

 9780734418388

Bat vs Poss

by Alexa Moses

Illustrated by Anil Tortop

9781760631826

When Billy Was a Dog

by Kirsty Murray

Illustrated by Karen Blair

 9781760290948

My Friend Fred

by Frances Watts

Illustrated by A. Yi

 9781743311103

Goodbye House, Hello House

by Margaret Wild

Illustrated by Ann James

 

Picture Books

9781408357392

Hello Lighthouse

by Sophie Blackall

 

 9781760651251

Nop

by Caroline Magerl

9781925804287

I NEED a Parrot

by Chris McKimmie

 9781760664053

Three

by Stephen Michael King

 9781536204827

The Good Son:

A Story from the First World War

by Pierre-Jaques Ober

Illustrated by Jules Coonan and Jules Ober

 

 9781760663728

Tilly

by Jane Godwin

Illustrated by Anna Walker

 

Older Readers

9781408349922

The Boy Who Steals Houses

by C.G. Drews

 9781760783303

How It Feels to Float

by Helena Fox

9780702260230

Ghost Bird

by Lisa Fuller

9781760524814

When the Ground is Hard

by Malla Nunn

 9781760524418

Four Dead Queens

by Astrid Scholte

 9781922268136

This is How We Change the Ending

by Vikki Wakefield

 

Younger Readers

9780702260476

The Little Wave

by Pip Harry 

 9781925563818

The Thing About Oliver

by Deborah Kelly

9781760523572

The Dog Runner

by Bren MacDibble

 9781925381207

Catch a Falling Star

by Meg McKinlay

 9781862919570

The Glimme

by Emily Rodda

Illustrated by John Marc McBride

 9781760651541

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

by Edwina Wyatt

Illustrated by Katherine Quinn

 

Eve Pownall Award - Information Books

9780734419019

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

by Sami Bayly 

 9781922244420

Searching for Cicadas

by Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson

9781486308057

A Hollow is a Home

by Abbie Mitchell

Illustrated by Astred Hicks

 9781925381764

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

by Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly

Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

 9781925360844

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

by Bruce Pascoe

 

 9781760631451

Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

by Tohby Riddle

 

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

9780648529101

Louie and Snippy: Save the Sea

by Collette Dinnigan

Illustrated by Grant Cowan

 

 9780648023869

Paperboy

by Danny Parker

9781760892562

Fly

by Jess McGeachin

 9781925936865

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

by Jasmine Seymour

by Leanne Mulgo Watson

 9781925768671

Baby Business

by Jasmine Seymour

 

 9781925768923

Little Bird's Day

by Sally Morgan

by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr