CBCA 2023 Book of the Year Awards

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards reflect the strength and diversity of children’s literature in Australia.

Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) was founded at a time when Australian children’s books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote books of high literary and artistic quality. The awards fostered growth in publishing Australian stories, about Australian lives, told with Australian voices.

The CBCA awards are presented to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. It is not a popularity contest and there is no public voting.

In the CBCA Book of the Year awards, there are six categories covering different types of books.

Here are the winners for 2023:

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Neverlanders by Tom Taylor, illustrated Jon Sommariva (Penguin Random House Australia)

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Runt by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin)

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Where the Lyrebird Lives by Vikki Conley, illustrated by Max Hamilton (Windy Hollow Books)

Picture Book of the Year

My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder (Thames & Hudson Australia)

Eve Pownall Award

DEEP: Dive into Hidden Worlds by Jess McGeachin (Welbeck Publishing)

CBCA Award for New Illustrator

Tiny Wonders illustrated by Sally Soweol Han (University of Queensland Press)

Below is the 2023 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards announcement proudly brought to you in partnership with The Australian Theatre for Young People. Watch as two young storytellers, Catherine Laga’aia and Jasper Reucassel reveal this year’s Book of the Year Awards Winners and Honours titles across the 6 categories.

See the full 2023 list, including honours books here

CBCA Book Week

Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week. Running from 19-25 August 2023, this is the perfect opportunity for little readers to set their minds free and roam among the wild world of books while celebrating all the best things about books and reading.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit CBCA website.

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