The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2020

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2020. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years)

Younger Readers (for ages 8-12 years)

Early Childhood (for ages 0-7 years)

Picture Book of the Year (for ages 0-18 years)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (for ages 0-18 years)

CBCA Award for New Illustrator (for ages 0-18 years)


The winners for each category will be announced during Book Week later this year. Find out more about the CBCA Awards here.

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Little Bird's Day

Little Bird’s Day

Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

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The Little Wave

The Little Wave

Pip Harry

When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

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The Thing about Oliver

The Thing about Oliver

Deborah Kelly

Twelve-year-old Tilly dreams of becoming a marine scientist, but she doesn't even own a swimsuit. She lives in a drought- stricken town with her mum and younger brother Oliver, who is autistic. Tilly knows Oliver's needs have to...

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 Read reviewThe Dog Runner

The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and...

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 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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 Read reviewThe Glimme

The Glimme

Emily Rodda, Marc McBride

Lone Annie sees dragons in your future...She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death.

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 Read reviewThe Secrets of Magnolia Moon

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Edwina Wyatt, Katherine Quinn

CBCA award-winning picture book author Edwina Wyatt makes her fiction debut with a whimsical tale of a curious little girl who shares more than just her surname with the moon: They're both excellent secret keepers.

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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

Sami Bayly

Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!

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Searching for Cicadas

Searching for Cicadas

Lesley Gibbes, Judy Watson

This lovely story about a child and their grandfather searching for cicadas is part of the award-winning narrative nonfiction Nature Storybooks series.

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A Hollow is a Home

A Hollow is a Home

Abbie Mitchell, Astred Hicks

Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the Australian animals that call them home.

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 Read reviewWilam: A Birrarung Story

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne's beautiful Yarra River, from its source to its mouth; from its...

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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 Read reviewYahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

Tohby Riddle

Throughout the first century or so of Australian settlement by Europeans, the pages of colonial newspapers were haunted by reports of a bewildering phenomenon: the mysterious yahoo or hairy man... But what was it? 

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