Book Week in ACT

Book Week 2021

book week 2021

CBCA 2021 Book of the Year Announcement Ceremony

Watch children perform, meet local authors and illustrators, while perusing the display of Shortlisted books.

Announcement at midday.

When: Friday 20 August 11.30am-12.30pm 

Where: Theatre, National Library 


Theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

Book week dates: Term 3 August 21-27 2021

Book Week 2020

Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds 

Dates: Term 4 October 17-23 2020

Note - For 2021, the CBCA expect the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards and CBCA Book Week to return to the regular schedule of the Award announcement on the third Friday in August, with CBCA Book Week commencing the following day. 

In 2021 CBCA Book Week will run from 21 to 27 August.

Book Week 2019

ACT Judges for 2019:

Julie Long

Kirrin Sampson

Theme: Reading is My Secret Power

Dates: 17 - 23 August 2019

Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature and you will often see children's book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays. 

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards are announced each year on the third Friday in August. CBCA Book Week commences the following day.

Please note that the CBCA Book Week artwork is subject to copyright. 

Social media

All CBCA Book Week announcements will be posted on the CBCA Facebook page and Twitter account @TheCBCA.

The CBCA will promote CBCA Book Week activities taking place across Australia. Please use the hashtag #CBCA2019 when sharing your events, displays and activities via social media and remember to add those fabulous photos highlighting the special celebrations you attend or organise.

Ideas for your communication channels

  • Promote #CBCA2019 by using the hashtag along with the Twitter handle of your library or local CBCA Branch
  • Change your Facebook or Twitter avatar to the one available in the resources section below
  • Include the email signature (available in the resources section below) in your communications

The CBCA will publish a 'wrap-up' of the week on the website, so if you have an event, please share with us:

  • Some information and photos by email
  • A link to your Facebook page or website
  • Any articles or coverage from your local media

Free Digital resources

Social Media Tile

Email Signature

Book Week Letterhead

Book Week 2018

Welcome to a brand new year of discovering the very best Australian children’s literature. More amazing characters, more stunning illustrations, and (hopefully) more time to settle in with a beautiful book with the children in our lives.

Our judges are well into their reading and notetaking in preparation for the rollout of our Notables, Short List and, in August, the big announcement of our 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards!

Here are the key dates:


Notables Announcement - 27th February at 7.00pm AEDT
Short List Announcement - 27th March at 12 noon AEDT
Book of the Year Awards Announcement - 17th August at 12 noon AEST

CBCA Book Week 18th-24th August 2018

Theme: Find Your Treasure with artwork by 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Early Childhood Winner Anna Walker! 


CBCA VIC State Conference 2018 - REIMAGINE! New ways with literature.

19th May 2018 at Deakin University - Geelong - Waterfront Campus.

Book Week 2017

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, beginning in 1945.

Theme: Escape to Everywhere

Dates: 18-26 August 2017

ACT Branch Book Week Events

2017 Book Week Resources

Book Week 2016 - Australia! Story Country

ACT Branch Book Week Events

Please remember to enter the Make Your Own Story Book Competition – Closes 26 August 2016.

2016 Book Week Resources

Book Week 2015 - Books Light Up Our World

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, beginning in 1945.

Book Week 2015 will run from August 22 – 28 with the theme Books light up our world. This year is the 70th anniversary of Book Week. There will be a children’s seminar and dinner with guest authors and illustrators on August 26 2015.

The previously advertised literary dinner with Libby Hathorn  will now be held on October 28 2015 in Children’s Week as Libby is unfortunately no longer unavailable on September 2 2015.

We will be holding a Book Week Highlights Competition from 21 August to 6 September 2015.

A catalogue of merchandise is available for online merchandise ordering.

2015 Book Week Resources