CBCA Book of the Year Awards
The most influential and highly respected awards for children's books in Australia, the Children's Book of the Year Awards have been presented since1946 to promote children's books of high literary and artistic quality.
The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirm the quality of some of Australia's most creative people and provide a boost to their capacity to devote time to their craft.
CBCA Book of the Year Awards aim to:
promote quality literature for young Australians;
support and encourage a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books and;
celebrate contributions to Australian children’s literature.
There are six categories in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
CBCA Picture Book of the Year
Eve Pownall Award for information books
CBCA Award for New Illustrator
The Awards Foundation
The original prize for the Children's Book of the Year Awards was a camellia if the winner was female or a handshake if male.
Government funding supported the Awards for some time (1966-1988).
This was followed by commercial sponsorship (Angus & Robertson, Penguin Books Australia, Collins Dove and Franklin Watts in 1988; Myer-Grace Bros. 1989-1993; Angus & Robertson 1994; Reed Books Australia, Australia Post and Social Book Clubs 1995) which made it possible to offer substantial monetary prizes of up to $10,000 per category to the authors and illustrators of winning and honour books.
The Awards Foundation was established to raise money to fund prizes for the Children's Book of the Year Awards, in perpetuity.
Find out more about the Awards Foundation and ways you can support their work here.
The 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Award
Winner and Honour books
Find out what the judges say about our winner and honour books here.