2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist

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Today at noon, The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their 2020 Book of the Year Awards Shortlist. Congratulations to all creators and publishers.

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*Books are linked to either their Reading Time review or Booktopia

The Book of the Year: Older Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13-18 years (NB: These books are for mature readers). 

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years. Ages 7-12 years. 

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0-6 years. 

Picture Book of the Year

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0-18 years (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers).  

Eve Pownall Award

Entries in this category should be books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. Ages 0-18 years. 

CBCA Award for New Illustrator

This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. Ages 0-18 years. 

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