CBCA Book Week 2020

Inside the CBCA Shortlist

Traditionally held in August, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week will be held in October 17-23 in 2020.

Congratulations to the winners – now announced – and to all the shortlisted authors and illustrators.

The CBCA awards are prestigious and influential and now is a great time to have a closer look at the Australian books for young people shortlisted in 2020. They are deemed to be of high quality and most also have strong appeal for children and teens.

I have been talking to professional groups of educators and writing detailed notes on the CBCA shortlisted books for twenty years and so have an ongoing in-depth knowledge of the awarded books.

I have also judged the four fiction categories of the CBCA Short List in 2009/10 (representing Queensland) and Book of the Year: Older Reader category in 2018 (representing NSW) and so know how rigorous and thoughtful the judging process is.

Inside the Shortlist, my book of teacher notes about the shortlist, was published by the wonderful Qld branch of the CBCA for a number of years.

Inside the Shortlist has since been published in different forms, including The Literature Base (Magpies) and last year on this blog, PaperbarkWords.

I have already interviewed a number of the 2020 shortlisted authors, or written about their books, on the blog and elsewhere and links to some of these conversations and reviews are below.

Between now and Book Week in October I will be interviewing more of the authors and illustrators or reviewing their books.

Enjoy these wonderful books and celebrate their creators.

My reviews and interviews on the 2020 shortlisted books

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller (and reviewed for The Weekend Australian)

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield (and reviewed for The Weekend Australian)

The Boy Who Steals House by C.G. Drews

When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Little Wave by Pip Harry

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble (reviewed for The Weekend Australian)

Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay (reviewed for The Weekend Australian)

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt, illustrated by Katherine Quinn

The Thing About Oliver by Deborah Kelly

Picture Book of the Year

Three by Stephen Michael King

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Nop by Caroline Magerl

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

When Billy Was a Dog by Kirsty Murray & Karen Blair

My Friend Fred by Frances Watts & A. Yi

Eve Pownall Award

Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes & Judy Watson

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly

Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy (cover book review for Magpies magazine)

CBCA Award for New Illustrator

Paperboy illustrated by Bethany Macdonald (written by Danny Parker)

Little Bird’s Day illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (written by Sally Morgan) I wrote the resource notes for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.

Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour (I wrote the resource notes for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature)

Cooee Mittigar illustrated by Leanne Mulgo Watson (written by Jasmine Seymour). I wrote the resource notes for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.

Complete List of CBCA Shortlisted Titles

CBCA Shortlist 2020

Other Australian bloggers with reviews of shortlisted books (scroll their blogs to find these)

Children’s Books Daily


Trish Talks Texts

Mrs Macs Library

Teacher Resources

Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network Book Week publication $35

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