Announcing the 2021 CBCA Notable Lists


Congratulations to the following authors, illustrators and publishers on being recognised on this year’s lists. Shortlists will be announced on March 30. Check local branch websites and social media for events discussing these lists, and join us to celebrate the diversity of books written for children and young adults. Links on titles are to reviews on Reading Time.

At the National CBCA website, there are links to PDFs of all books and categories.

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.

Note: Books in this category are for mature readers.

AuthorBook TitlePublisherISBN
Rawah ArjaThe F WordGiramondo Publishing9781925818543
AsphyxiaFuture GirlAllen & Unwin9781760294373
Davina BellThe End of the World is Bigger than LoveText Publishing9781922268822
Alex DysonWhen it DropsHardie Grant Children’s Publishing9781760505042
Sarah EpsteinDeep WaterAllen & Unwin9781760877286
Zana FraillonThe Lost Soul AtlasHachette Australia9780734419934
Jane GodwinWhen Rain Turns to SnowHachette Australia9780734420053
Barry JonsbergCatch Me if I FallAllen & Unwin9781760877613
Kay KerrPlease Don’t Hug MeText Publishing9781922268051
Cath MooreMetal Fish, Falling SnowText Publishing9781922330079
Anna MorganBefore the BeginningHachette Publishing9780734419651
Christie NiemanWhere We BeginPan Macmillan Australia9781743535660
Garth NixThe Left-Handed Booksellers of LondonAllen & Unwin9781760631246
Anna WhateleyPeta Lyre’s Rating NormalAllen & Unwin9781760525309
Georgina YoungLonerText Publishing9781922330130

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. 7 – 12 years.

Note: Some of the titles in this category may only be suitable for readers who are in the upper primary years as they may contain mature themes, including violence. Parental guidance is recommended.

Author & IllustratorBook TitlePublisherISBN
Danielle BinksThe Year the Maps ChangedHachette Australia9780734419712
Kate ConstableThe January StarsAllen & Unwin9781760525026
Kate GordonAster’s Good and Right Things
Maura Pierlot’s review
Riveted Press9780648492573
Kate GordonThe Heartsong of Wonder QuinnUniversity of Queensland Press9780702262821
Steven HerrickZoe, Max and the Bicycle BusUniversity of Queensland Press9780702263002
Bren MacDibbleAcross the Risen SeaAllen & Unwin9781760526054
Amelia MellorThe Grandest Bookshop in the WorldAffirm Press9781925972955
Jessica MillerThe Republic of BirdsText Publishing9781922268044
Jaclyn Moriarty [illus]Kelly CanbyThe Stolen Prince of CloudburstAllen & Unwin9781925266641
Sally Murphy [illus]Sarah DavisWorse ThingsWalker Books Australia9781760651657
Katrina NannestadWe are WolvesHarperCollins Publishers9780733340888
Julianne NegriThe Secret Library of Hummingbird HouseAffirm Press9781925870497
Alison RushbyWhen this Bell RingsWalker Books Australia9781760651947
Pam RushbyThe Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin CastleWalker Books Australia9781760651930
Kirli Saunders [illus]Dub LefflerBindiMagabala Books9781925936667
Claire SaxbyHaywireScholastic Australia9781742769196
A L TaitThe Fire StarPenguin Random House Australia9781760897079
Dee WhiteBeyond BeliefScholastic Australia9781760662516
Sue WhitingThe Book of ChanceWalker Books Australia9781760651367
Sean WilliamsHer Perilous MansionAllen & Unwin9781760877361

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.

Deborah AbelaMarjorie Crosby-FairallBear in SpaceWalker Books Australia9781760651510
Sarah Allen Busy Beaks Affirm Press 9781925972948
Bronwyn BancroftComing Home to Country Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing9781760501921
Ashleigh BartonMartina Heiduczek What Do You Call Your Grandpa?  HarperCollins Publishers9780733340864
John Canty Shapes and Colours Berbay Publishing 9780648529187
Libby GleesonJedda Robaard Soon Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing 9781760501235
Jane GodwinSara Acton I’ll Always Be Older Than You Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing 9781760129781
Bernadette GreenAnna Zobel Who’s Your Real Mum? Scribble Kids’ Books 9781925849493
Penny HarrisonEvie Barrow Me and My Boots Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing 9781760502331
Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-JarmanMel PearceNo! Never! Hachette Australia 9780734418906
Kate Knapp Ruby Red Shoes: My Wonderful Grandmother HarperCollins Australia 9781460758885
Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3 Walker Books Australia9781760652272
Anna McGregorAnemone is Not the Enemy Scribble Kids’ Books 9781922310118
Heidi McKinnonThere’s No Such Thing Allen & Unwin 9781760877279
Aunty Fay Muir & Sue LawsonLisa KennedyRespect Magabala Books 9781925936315
Briony StewartWe Love You, MagooPenguin Random House Australia 9781760896904
Zeno SworderThis Small Blue Dot Thames & Hudson 9781760761110
Kate & Jol TempleRonojoy GhoshBin Chicken Scholastic Australia 9781743830048
Margaret WildJudith RossellPink! HarperCollins Australia 9781460757499
Rhian WilliamsNathaniel Eckstrom Ten Little Figs Walker Books Australia 9781921977312

The 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 texts, where the story, theme or concept is unified through the illustrations. Ages 0 – 18. Note: Some books may be for mature readers).

Arranged by illustrator

Tamsin AinslieEdwina WyattSometimes CakeWalker Books Australia9781760650421
Liz AnelliSue Lawson The Biscuit Maker Walker Books Australia 9781760650438
Evie BarrowMaggie HutchingsI Saw Pete and Pete Saw MeAffirm Press 9781925972825
Freya Blackwood The Unwilling Twin HarperCollins Australia 9781460757536
Nick Bland Wolfred Hardie Grant Children’s Books 9781760505660
Phil Bunting Give Me Some Space Scholastic Publishing 9781760972356
Phil Bunting Not Cute.Scholastic Publishing 9781760972387
Phil Bunting Who Am I?Scholastic Publishing 9781743835043
Phil Bunting WombatScholastic Publishing 9781760972370
Kelly CanbyLittlelight Fremantle Press9781925815764
Gabriel Evans Norton and the Bear  Berbay Publishing9780648785132
Bob GrahamEllie’s Dragon Walker Books Australia9781406387629
Armin GrederDiamondsAllen & Unwin 9781760877040
Alison LesterJane GodwinSing Me the Summer Affirm Press 9781925972924
Chris McKimmieColin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra  Ford Street Publishing9781925804546
Christopher NielsonNicole GodwinJelly-Boy  Walker Books Australia9781760651237
Matt OttleyMeg McKinlayHow to Make a BirdWalker Books Australia 9781925381894
Felicita SalaMaggie HutchingsYour Birthday Was the Best!  Affirm Press9781925972535
Danny SnellJackie FrenchThe Fire Wombat  HarperCollins Australia9781460759332
Hannah SommervilleMike DumbletonAnisa’s Alphabet Midnight Sun Publishing 9781925227574
Scott Stuart My Shadow is Pink Larrikin House 9780648728757
Jane TannerMargaret WildGirl From the Sea Allen & Unwin 9781760524302
Anna Walker Hello Jimmy! Penguin Random House Australia9781760893422
Annie WhiteSue Whiting Good Question: A Tale Told Backwards  Walker Books Australia9781760650841
Anna ZobelBernadette Green Who’s Your Real Mum?  Scribble Kids’ Books9781925849493

The 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.

Sami BaylyThe Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous AnimalsHachette Australia9780734420015
Maree Coote Azaria: A True HistoryMelbournestyle Books9780648568407
Jennifer CossinsThe Daddy Animal BookHachette Australia9780734419873
Jennifer Cossins The Mummy Animal BookHachette Australia9780734419897
Pamela FreemanLiz Anelli Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu Walker Books Australia9781760650285
David Hartley & Kirsty Murray Dub LefflerStrangers on Country National Library of Australia 9780642279552
Felice JackaRob Craw There’s a Zoo in my Poo Pan Macmillan Australia 9781760783044
Andrew KellyMark Jackson & Heather Potter Little Lon Wild Dog Books 9781742035970
Sandra Kendall Saltie Mumma Windy Hollow Books 9781922081889
Gina M NewtonRachel TriboutHold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish CSIRO Publishing 9781486311842
Stephanie Owen ReederTania McCartney Australia’s Wild Weird Wonderful WeatherNational Library of Australia 9780642279637
Stephanie Owen ReederWill the Wonderkid: Treasure Hunter of the Australian OutbackNational Library of Australia9780642279521
Shirley PurdieShirley Purdie: My Story, Ngaginybe JarragbeMagabala Books 9781925936131
Claire SaxbyTannya HarricksKookaburra Walker Books Australia 9781760651060
Carole WilkinsonPrue PittockMatthew Flinders – Adventures on Leaky Ships Wild Dog Books 9781742034935


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