CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2018

The notables for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced and we're excited that thirty-one of our books have been selected!

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS
The Things We Promise by J.C. Burke
My Lovely Frankie by Judith Clarke
Sparrow by Scot Gardner
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor
My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS
Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones by Wai Chim, edited by Lyn White 
The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky
The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch by Nicki Greenberg 
Hotaka: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones by John Heffernan, edited by Lyn White  
Pip and Houdini by J.C. Jones
How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
The Skeleton Coast: Quest of the Sunfish 3 by Mardi McConnochie
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
Henrietta and the Perfect Night by Martine Murray
The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan
Accidental Heroes: The Rogues 1 by Lian Tanner
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye

BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD
The Thank You Dish by Trace Balla
Our Last Trip to the Market by Lorin Clarke, illustrated by Mitch Vane
Meerkat Choir by Nicki Greenberg
The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course by Ella Mulvey, illustrated by Karen Briggs
Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? by Kylie Westaway, illustrated by Tom Jellett
That Christmas Feeling by Lili Wilkingson, illustrated by Amanda Francey

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts by Craig Phillips 
Swan Lake by Anne Spudvilas
My Friend Tertius by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Owen Swan
Storm Whale by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner 
The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To

EVE POWNALL AWARD FOR INFORMATION BOOKS
Do not lick this book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost

 

The Children's Book Council of Australia is a not for profit organisation that aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The annual awards have been running since 1946 and are Australia's most prestigious awards for children's books.

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

by Jaclyn Moriarty

An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.

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Swan Lake

by Anne Spudvilas

A magnificent visual retelling of the classic ballet story from a much-loved, award-winning illustrator.

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Meerkat Choir

by Nicki Greenberg

The meerkat choirmaster will only allow meerkats in his choir. But singing is fun and all the other animals want to join in too. A wonderfully funny picture book about the folly of excluding others from your group.

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Accidental Heroes: The Rogues 1

by Lian Tanner

The Rogues is a vividly exciting new trilogy set in the same world as the best-selling Keepers, with all new characters. A brilliant fantasy-adventure for 9 to 13 year olds.

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That Christmas Feeling

by Lili Wilkinson, illustrated by Amanda Francey

A warm family story that will give you those special Christmas tingles.

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Pea Pod Lullaby

by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

A glorious, heartfelt story about finding a safe place to call home, from award-winning book creators Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King.

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The Skeleton Coast: Quest of the Sunfish 3

by Mardi McConnochie

The adventures of the Sunfish conclude as twins, Annalie and Will, discover the truth of what was behind their father's disappearance and face even more dangers on land than they did at sea.

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Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur?

by Kylie Westaway, illustrated by Tom Jellett

Today is Aunt Daisy's wedding and Nellie knows exactly what she wants to wear -- and it's not her flower-girl dress. An hilarious read-aloud story by the creative team behind the CBCA Notable Book, Whale in the Bath.

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The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch. Bad Teacher. Worse Witch.

by Nicki Greenberg

Imagine if you read your teacher's diary... and discovered she was a witch! With courage, imagination and a certain amount of recklessness, Zelda Stitch begins her first year of teaching primary school - as an incompetent (incognito) witch.

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Pip and Houdini

by J.C. Jones

Ten-year-old Pip, the girl with 'nerves of steel and a heart of gold', is on another adventure. This time she is on the road to Byron Bay with her dog, Houdini, hoping to find her real mother.

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Gap Year in Ghost Town

by Michael Pryor

Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart, snappy, funny and scary ghost-hunting adventure.

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Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

by Wai Chim, edited by Lyn White

An evocative and compelling story about one boy living through the 2014 drought in Henan, China.

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Sparrow

by Scot Gardner

An exceptional and compelling novel from one of Australia's most acclaimed and much-loved authors.

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My Lovely Frankie

by Judith Clarke

A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia's finest YA writers.

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The Sloth Who Came to Stay

by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To

A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay by the award-winning author of Fox and Ruby Roars.

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The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

by Ella Mulvey, illustrated by Karen Briggs

A warm and funny story about a unique Australian experience with a fantastic rhythmic read-aloud text.

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Do not lick this book

by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost

A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video 'Dumb Ways to Die'.

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Storm Whale

by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner

A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach.

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My Life as a Hashtag

by Gabrielle Williams

From the highly acclaimed author of The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex comes this funny, heartfelt novel about rage, regret and the pitfalls of life in the digital age.

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Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts

by Craig Phillips

Diverse myths and legends from around the world, from Iceland to Poland to Japan, retold in easy-to-read glorious full-colour comic book form by a stunning Australian artist with an international reputation.

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How to Bee

by Bren MacDibble

A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

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Our Last Trip to the Market

by Lorin Clarke, illustrated by Mitch Vane

A glorious exploration of family and fun - for everyone who has ever taken a mob of unruly kids to a crowded place!

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Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot

by Kate Temple and Jol Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye

Meet Jimmy Cook - he's an explorer (he discovered Grade Three was full of surprises), an eccentric (he looks great in a tricorn hat) and someone who takes adventure very seriously. The second hilarious book in the Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers series.

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The Blue Cat

by Ursula Dubosarsky

From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship with a young Australian girl.

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The Thank You Dish

by Trace Balla

A story about gratitude, community and eating locally, from a bestselling picture-book maker.

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Frogkisser!

by Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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Henrietta and the Perfect Night

by Martine Murray

Henrietta, the great go-getter, is going to be a big sister, but she'll have to wait half way to Christmas before the baby is ready. Five charming and quirky stories from the author of the CBCA shotlisted book Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars.

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The Things We Promise

by J. C. Burke

Gemma's older brother Billy made her a promise that he would ensure she looked fabulous for her first school formal. But his circumstances change dramatically and Billy's promise becomes the least of the family's concerns.

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Hotaka: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

by John Heffernan, edited by Lyn White

A powerful and moving story about one boy caught up in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

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My Friend Tertius

by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Owen Swan

A delightful and heartwarming picture book about a WWII code-breaker and his pet gibbon, from best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Owen Swan.

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The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

by Lisa Shanahan

The warm-hearted story of Henry Hoobler and the summer when a new friend, a silver bike and unexpected adventures turn him inside out like a pocket, into something new - laugh-out-loud funny and moving, from the author of my My Big Birkett.

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