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.




Welcome to the Children's Book Council of Australia, Australian Capital Territory branch.

We have a new website home and are now working to get topics set up.

Please check back soon.


Entries for 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards 

Entries for the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards close 30 November 2019. Awards information and the entry form can be found on the CBCA national website here.


Over twenty of our special CBCA illustrated bears have already found homes and they are treasured possessions. We now have a bear available designed by Dub Leffler, illustrator of ’Sorry Day’, which won the Eve Pownall award in the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The closing date for bids is 30 November. This would be a fabulous Christmas present! Check HERE for more information about the special bear and how to bid on it.

Special Campaign: Remembering Christobel Mattingley AM

In recognition of Christobel Mattingley's contribution to children's literature, the CBCA aims to raise $5000 so that her name can be listed as a Major Donor, in memoriam, to the CBCA Awards Foundation. This Foundation contributes to funding prizes for the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards. 

For more information and to support this campaign, please see our Donation page or download the Donation Form.

IBBY Australia Announces 2020 Honour Books

IBBY Australia proudly announces its selection of two books to be included in the biennial IBBY Honour List for 2020.

13th National Conference

Our 13th National Conference, was held in beautiful Canberra in 2019.

The rich and varied program of ‘And Now They’re Laughing’ highlighted the outstanding contribution made by writers of humour to Australian children’s literature and to children’s literacy – and much more.