Announcing the 2021 Book of the Year Awards Shortlists

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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). 

The End of the World is Bigger Than Love
The Lost Soul Atlas
When Rain Turns to Snow
Metal Fish, Falling Snow
Where We Begin
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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. 

Aster’s Good Right Things (reviewed by Mia Macrossan)
Aster’s Good Right Things (reviewed by Maura Pierlot)
The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst
Worse Things
We Are Wolves
Bindi
The Book of Chance

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.

Busy Beaks
Who’s Your Real Mum?
No! Never!
Anemone is not the Enemy
There’s No Such Thing
We love you, Magoo

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).  Books arranged here by illustrator.

The Unwilling Twin
Not Cute.
Norton and the Bear
Ellie’s Dragon
How to Make a Bird
Your Birthday was the Best

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

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. 

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals
Azaria: A True History
Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu
Strangers on Country
Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish
Matthew Flinders: Adventures of Leaky Ships

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. 

Ribbit Rabbit Robot
No! Never!
Seven Seas of Fleas
Shirley Purdie My Story: Ngaginybe Jarragbe
This Small Blue Dot
Go Away, Worry Monster!

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