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2022 Calendar

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Important Dates in 2023

14 February Tuesday  - Library Lovers Day

28 February Tuesday  - CBCA Notables Announced 

9 March Thursday  - Australia Reads/Reading Hour

20 March . Monday - Indie Book Awards Announced

28 March . Tuesday - CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Announced

1 April . Saturday - Possible PD Shortlist Workshop, The Notables list becomes a shortlist of 36 finalists, 6 for each category

4 April . Tuesday - AGM and Branch Dinner

24 April . Monday - Shadow Judging Begins

24 May . Wednesday - National Simultaneous Story Day - "Speedy Sloth"

8 June . Thursday to 18 June - ACT Children's Literature Festival

18 August . Friday - Announcement of Winners and Honour Books, 6 Winners and 10 Honour books announced

19 August . Saturday to 25 August - Children's Book Week theme Read Inspire Grow

23 August . Wednesday - CBCA ACT Book Week Dinner

25 August . FridayShadow Judging Book of the Year Awards - Winners announced 25 August 

7 September . Thursday - Indigenous Literacy Day

27 October . Friday - Readers Cup

Margaret Hamilton AM Tribute

From the Children's Book Council of Australia Chair, Wendy Rapee.

On November 24, 2022 we lost one the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s foundation stones—Margaret Hamilton AM. Margaret has been our guiding light, our fiercest advocate, our cheer leader, and our intellectual powerhouse. Both the Book of the Year Awards and the CBCA Awards Foundation have grown in stature because of her dedication and unwavering service. The Australian publishing community, and specifically our children’s literature creatives, have been nurtured, mentored and inspired by her razor-sharp mind and focus on producing quality stories for our young Australians. Her legacy is enormous and the CBCA is mindful and dedicated to our responsibility in ensuring its care. Margaret will be missed by us all.

Read full tribute to Margaret Hamilton AM...

Laurie Copping Award nominations are now open

We are seeking nominations for the 2023 Laurie Copping Award. The Award will be presented at the 2023 AGM.

The Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in the ACT is a biennial award of The Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch, the accent being on Service. A recipient of the award, then, will have given service well beyond his or her professional association with children’s literature.  Past recipients include Rachel Hind, Rosemary Thomas, Stephanie Owen Reeder and Tania McCartney (click here to see past recipients).

Nominations close on 7th March 2023. 


20TH Anniversary diary of a wombat 20c coin now available

This beautifully designed coin is a glimpse into the life of a very busy wombat and is the second release in a collaboration between the Royal Australian Mint and the Children’s Book Council of Australia that celebrates the pleasure of reading.

Cheeky, hungry and sleepy, this clever wombat has humans wrapped around its little paw. This year, The Diary of a Wombat celebrates 20 years since it was first published.

Purchase here.

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 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.