2022 Shadow Judging

We are seeking expressions of interest from groups of young individuals who will read > listen > discuss > reflect + respond collaboratively to our 2022 Book of the Year Awards Shortlist.

The CBCA Shadow Judging program is an exciting addition to our annual calendar. We are inviting young voices from across Australia to join the conversation about the books on our CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist. At the end of CBCA Book Week, at our Shadower’s Choice Awards, winners chosen by our young groups of judges will be announced. 

The Program in 2022
All groups, once registered, will have access to the Shadow Judging website where resources will be available, your groups’ creative responses can be shared, and voting can happen!
All participating groups of young people, our ‘Shadow Judges’, will:

  • Read the 6 Shortlisted books in their nominated category from 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards (BOYA) https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2022
  • Discuss these titles with their peers considering the CBCA Book of the Year Awards criteria,
  • Share a creative response, and
  • Vote for their winner and 2 honour books.

The Shadowers’ Choice Awards will be announced and celebrated at a brand-new event at the end of CBCA Book Week 2022 on August 26.
The Shadow Judging video developed to support the Victorian CBCA trial in 2021 outlines the project, now coming to you around Australia: Shadow Judging for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards - 2021
Further information can be found at CBCA National here: https://www.cbca.org.au/shadowjudging-2022. Please note the ACT Branch has slightly different timing.


Please follow the process and timelines for the CBCA ACT Branch below.

 Before you register:
  • Confirm that you have a suitable adult to be your groups’ facilitator.  They will register your group, manage administration, and facilitate your discussion.
  • Your organisation OR facilitator is a member of their state branch of the CBCA (so they can be linked with a CBCA Mentor to assist with the project). Join the CBCA ACT through our membership system Hello Club here: https://cbcaact.helloclub.com/register
  • ACT groups need to be current financial school or institutional members. If you are an individual member your membership will be updated and transferred to school membership for insurance purposes for 2022.
  • ACT Branch will cover the $50 registration fee for all successful applications.

To register:

CBCA ACT key dates:
  1. Register your Expression of Interest (EOI) with CBCA ACT by April 22, 2022.
  2. Successful groups (ten funded and ten self-funded groups) will be notified from April 29, 2022.
  3. Our new CBCA National Shadow Judging site will go live from early May, 2022.
  4. The Shadower's Choice Awards, August 26, 2022.


Successful applications will be notified from 26 April. These groups will be granted access to the Shadow Judging website where resources will be available, your groups’ creative responses can be shared, and voting can happen!
Any school or community-based organisation can apply to participate.
Your group can be self-funded, or for those in need, the ACT CBCA Branch has funding to support 10 reading groups, drawn from young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and inclusive of all gender and ability.

Each funded group will be supported with:
  • One set of books from your nominated shortlisted category. CBCA ACT will organise and supply the books to your group.
  • A $600 voucher to support a writer and/or illustrator workshop with your group. CBCA ACT will help facilitate this for you.
All groups will have access to special supporting resources.
The ACT Committee will be selecting groups to be funded based on the following criteria:
  1. Order of applications received.
  2. Length of CBCA membership.
  3. The group’s ability to access the books.
  4. The group’s  access to a teacher, teacher-librarian, or librarian as a facilitator.
The group facilitator guides the discussion around the CBCA Book of the Year Awards criteria (shadowing) thus enabling our young voices to form their own choice of winners, while the CBCA judges work through the same process.

If you would like further information, please contact CBCA ACT Coordinator Rachael Hind rachael.hind@radford.act.edu.au
We thank the Australian Government RISE Fund (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) and our Supporters for providing the opportunity to build our program, website, and resources and to provide support funding for 115 reading groups from a range of areas across Australia including early childhood centres, schools, home schools, public libraries and community groups.
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