CBCA 2021 Winners

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) winners and honour books for 2021 have been announced.

Follow the links to those I have already reviewed or interviewed the author or illustrator on the blog.

Congratulations to those creators who have been commended in this way.

Older Readers


The End of the World is Bigger Than Love (Davina Bell, Text) Author interview, my top YA book of 2020 for the Australian and reviewed in the Weekend Australian


Metal Fish, Falling Snow (Cath Moore, Text)

Where We Begin (Christie Nieman, Pan)

Younger Readers


  • Aster’s Good, Right Things (Kate Gordon, Riveted Press)
  • The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst (Jaclyn Moriarty, illus by Kelly Canby, A&U) Author interview
  • Worse Things (Sally Murphy, illus by Sarah Davis, Walker) Author interview

Early Childhood


  • No! Never! (Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illus by Mel Pearce, Lothian) Author interview


Picture Books

  • How to Make a Bird (Meg McKinlay, illus by Matt Ottley, Walker) Review and how to use the book.


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


  • Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu (Pamela Freeman, illustrated by Liz Anelli, Walker) Review

    • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals (Sami Bayly, Lothian) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals Review
    • Strangers on Country (David Hartley & Kirsty Murray, illus by Dub Leffler, NLA)

    Winners at the CBCA website

    Shortlist at the CBCA website

    Notables at the CBCA website   

    Notables at PaperbarkWords

    Thank you to the publishers who have kindly sent me review copies.

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