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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.

Book Week: October 17th - 23rd 2020


2020 Short List Books


Early Childhood


We're Stuck!

by Sue DeGennaro


One Runaway Rabbit

by David Metzenthen

Illustrated by Mairead Murphy


Bat vs Poss

by Alexa Moses

Illustrated by Anil Tortop


When Billy Was a Dog

by Kirsty Murray

Illustrated by Karen Blair


My Friend Fred

by Frances Watts

Illustrated by A. Yi


Goodbye House, Hello House

by Margaret Wild

Illustrated by Ann James


Picture Books


Hello Lighthouse

by Sophie Blackall




by Caroline Magerl


I NEED a Parrot

by Chris McKimmie



by Stephen Michael King


The Good Son:

A Story from the First World War

by Pierre-Jaques Ober

Illustrated by Jules Coonan and Jules Ober




by Jane Godwin

Illustrated by Anna Walker


Older Readers


The Boy Who Steals Houses

by C.G. Drews


How It Feels to Float

by Helena Fox


Ghost Bird

by Lisa Fuller


When the Ground is Hard

by Malla Nunn


Four Dead Queens

by Astrid Scholte


This is How We Change the Ending

by Vikki Wakefield


Younger Readers


The Little Wave

by Pip Harry 


The Thing About Oliver

by Deborah Kelly


The Dog Runner

by Bren MacDibble


Catch a Falling Star

by Meg McKinlay


The Glimme

by Emily Rodda

Illustrated by John Marc McBride


The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

by Edwina Wyatt

Illustrated by Katherine Quinn


Eve Pownall Award - Information Books


The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

by Sami Bayly 


Searching for Cicadas

by Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson


A Hollow is a Home

by Abbie Mitchell

Illustrated by Astred Hicks


Wilam: A Birrarung Story

by Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly

Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy


Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

by Bruce Pascoe



Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

by Tohby Riddle


CBCA Award for New Illustrators


Louie and Snippy: Save the Sea

by Collette Dinnigan

Illustrated by Grant Cowan




by Danny Parker



by Jess McGeachin


Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

by Jasmine Seymour

by Leanne Mulgo Watson


Baby Business

by Jasmine Seymour



Little Bird's Day

by Sally Morgan

by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr