Welcome to CBCA ACT

Animalia Coin Competition

To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Animalia, the CBCA in partnership with the Royal Australian Mint are inviting classrooms and families from across Australia to participate in a competition for the chance to win Animalia Library Bags with a 35th Anniversary of Animalia Coin inside.

Click here to watch a video of Graeme Base talking about Animalia and the 35th Anniversary of Animalia Coin.

Enter the competition between between 20 August and 1 November 2021.


Book of the Year Award Winners 2021

Congratulations to all winners announced today.

Watch the awards ceremoney on the CBCA YouTube channel.

20 Aug 2021

2021 Readers Cup

Good luck reading and working with your school year 5/6 team!

See you at the Readers Cup event on 20 October at Radford College. 


Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base!

Graeme Base artworks are the star attraction at the Belconnen Arts Centre Exhibition featuring events and activities. 
Opening 20-22 Aug with zine-making, face painting, and extra-terrestrial activities featuring Graeme Base's artwork from The Worst Band in the Universe. Exhibition and activities continue 24 Aug - 10 Oct 2021.
Supported by the ACT Government and the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL). Free event for all age groups.

Members' Recent Books


 Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.