CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging 2022 is underway. To check it out, drop into our website (https://shadowjudging.cbca.org.au/) to hear what young voices are saying about the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Award Shortlist.

​The CBCA is thrilled to announce that we have received funding from the Australian Federal Government RiSE grant program to officially seed our Sun Project: Illuminating Children’s Literature — Shadow Judging for 2022.


The South Australian branch invites participation in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Sun Project: Shadow Judging. 
Shadow Judges are groups of readers who use the CBCA Awards criteria to read > listen > discuss > reflect + respond collaboratively to our 2022 Book of the Year Awards Shortlist. The group then selects their nominated winner for the category they are judging. 

The Shadow Judges will choose to one category from the following: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book or the Eve Pownall Information Book. The groups read six books. 

This first project will enable groups of young people across Australia to judge our CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist alongside our esteemed judging panel. These groups will be participating in a critical conversation and responding creatively. Each of the funded groups will receive a visit from a creative so they can share insights on how they weave literary techniques into great storytelling. In August, at the end of CBCA Book Week we will be presenting a Shadowers’ Choice Award.


Funding opportunities for 2022 have already been completed. Please keep an eye out for invitations to join us in 2023.

The CBCA thanks the following co-sponsors: ALIA, ASA, ABA, ABC Kids Early Childhood, PETAA, and Story Box Library—you have made this possible!