Australia’s favourite children’s books have been announced #cbca2017

by |August 18, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

Established in 1946, the annual 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.

Congratulations to the below winners!


 Book of the Year: Older Readers


One Would Think The Deep by Claire ZornOne Would Think The Deep
by Claire Zorn

Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she’s dead, it’s worse than ever.

With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim… Learn more.


Book of the Year: Younger Readers


Rockhopping by Trace BallaRockhopping
by Trace Balla

The story of an eventful hike in Gariwerd (the Grampians), from the creator of the multi-award-winning Rivertime.

Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go… Learn more.


Book of the Year: Early Childhood


Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley. Go Home, Cheeky Animals!
by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley

In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there – until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action! Learn more.


The Picture Book of the Year


Home in the Rain by Bob GrahamHome in the Rain
by Bob Graham

From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way.

Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma’s in the heavy rain. When they’re still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out “Daddy” and “Mummy” and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister… A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary… Learn more.


The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina NewtonAmazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks
by Gina M Newton

With its enticing and colourful design and its fascinating information, this is a book that children will want to pore over either at home, in the classroom or on a road trip.

This book brings together 55 national parks, selected across all Australian states and territories, and over 120 animals. It is divided into seven sections according to habitat (woodlands and grasslands; forests; rainforests; arid zones; mountains; wetlands and waterways; coasts, oceans and islands), each including a number of national parks and a selection of the fish, reptiles, frogs, birds and mammals that inhabit them. At the end of the book is a section on ‘little critters’ – beetles, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, bugs and so on… Learn more.


Crichton Award for Debut Illustrator


The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T RuddThe Patchwork Bike
by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd

What’s the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home… Learn more.

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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.

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