CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. The CBCA has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Book of the Year Awards. There are some incredible books on this years list for children of all age groups.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” — J.K. Rowling

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Book of the Year – Older Readers

The Older Readers category is suitable for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13–18 years

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist

The Boy Who Steals Houses

Author: C.G. Drews
Publisher:: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9781408349922
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How It Feels to Float

Author: Helena Fox
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781760783303
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Ghost Bird

Author: Lisa Fuller
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702260230
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When the Ground is Hard

Author: Malla Nunn
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760524814
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Four Dead Queens

Author: Astrid Scholte
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760524418
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This Is How We Change the Ending

Author: Vikki Wakefield
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922268136
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Book of the Year – Younger Readers

The Younger Readers category is suitable for readers from the middle to upper primary years. Ages 7–12 years.

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist

The Little Wave

Author: Pip Harry
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702260476
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The Thing About Oliver

Author: Deborah Kelly
Publisher: Wombat Books
ISBN: 9781925563818
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The Dog Runner

Author: Bren MacDibble
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760523572
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Catch a Falling Star

Author: Meg McKinlay
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781925381207
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The Glimme

Author: Emily Rodda
Illustrator: Marc McBride
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781862919570
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The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Katherine Quinn
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760651541
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Book of the Year – Early Childhood

The Early Childhood category is suitable for children who are at the pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0–6 years.

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist

We’re Stuck!

Author: Sue deGennaro
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760663476
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One Runaway Rabbit

Author: David Metzenthen
Illustrator: Mairead Murphy
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760523558
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Bat vs Poss

Author: Alexa Moses
Illustrator: Anil Tortop
Publisher: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734418388
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When Billy Was a Dog

Author: Kirsty Murray
Illustrator: Karen Blair
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760631826
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My Friend Fred

Author: Frances Watts
Illustrator: A. Yi
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760290948
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Goodbye House, Hello House

Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Ann James
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743311103
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Picture Book of the Year

The Picture Book category has outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and Illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0–18 years.

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist
Hello Lighthouse
Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9781408357392
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Nop
Caroline Magerl
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760651251
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I Need a Parrot
Chris McKimmie
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781925804294
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Three
Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760664053
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The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature
Illustrators: Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan
Text: Pierre-Jacques Ober
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781536204827
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Tilly
Illustrator: Anna Walker
Text: Jane Godwin
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760663728
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Eve Pownall Award

The Eve Pownall Award category has books that have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Ages 0–18 years.

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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals
Author: Sami Bayly
Publisher: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734419019
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Searching for Cicadas
Author: Lesley Gibbes
Illustrator: Judy Watson
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781922244420
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A Hollow is a Home
Author: Abbie Mitchell
Illustrator: Astred Hicks
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ISBN: 9781486308057
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Wilam: A Birrarung Story
Aunty Joy Murphy & AndrewIllus.Kelly Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781925381764
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Young Dark Emu: A Truer History
Author: Pascoe, Bruce
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925360844
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Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery
Author: Tohby Riddle
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760631451
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CBCA Award for Illustrator

This award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s Book Illustration. Ages 0–18 years.

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Louie and Snippy Save the Sea
Author: Grant Cowan
Publisher: Berbay Publishing
ISBN: 9780648529101
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Paperboy
Author: Bethany Macdonald
Publisher: Dirt Lane Press
ISBN: 9780648023869
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Fly
Author: Jess McGeachin
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9781760892562
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Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines
Author: Leanne Mulgo Watson
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925936865
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Baby Business
Author: Jasmine Seymour
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925768671
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Little Bird’s Day
Author: Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925768923
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Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers who have been shortlisted for 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday 21 August.

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