Announcing the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Notable Lists


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: These books are for the mature readers in this category and some deal with particularly challenging themes including violence and suicide. Parental guidance is recommended.

Author Title ISBN Publisher
Atkins, Clare Between Us 9781760640217 Black Inc. Books
Betts, A.J. Hive 9781760556433 Pan Macmillan Australia
Epstein, Sarah Small Spaces 9781921977381 Walker Books Australia
Foxlee, Karen Lenny’s Book of Everything 9781760529444 Allen & Unwin
Gardner, Scot Changing Gear 9781760631468 Allen & Unwin
Gerard Bauer, Michael The Things That Will Not Stand 9781742997582 Scholastic Australia
Gordon, Kate Girl Running, Boy Falling 9781925563528 Rhiza Press
Gough, Erin Amelia Westlake 9781760127152 Hardie Grant Egmont
Hendrick, Kate The Finder 9781925603811 Text Publishing
Henry-Jones, Eliza P is for Pearl   9781460754931 HarperCollins Publishers
Herrick, Steven The Bogan Mondrian   9780702259982   University of Queensland Press
Jonsberg, Barry A Song Only I Can Hear 9781760630836 Allen & Unwin
Kernot, Sharon The Art of Taxidermy 9781925603743 Text Publishing
Kwaymullina, Ambelin & Ezekiel Catching Teller Crow   9781760631628   Allen & Unwin  
Lawrence, Hayley Inside the Tiger   9780143788959   Penguin Random House Australia
Marney, Ellie White Night 9781760293550 Allen & Unwin
McWatters, Nikki Liberty   9780702260292   University of Queensland Press
Tan, Shaun Tales From the Inner City 9781760523534 Allen & Unwin
Wilkinson, Lili After the Lights Go Out 9781760297299 Allen & Unwin
Yaxley, Richard The Happiness Quest 9781742991993 Scholastic Australia

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. 8-12 years

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

Author Illustrator Title ISBN Publisher
Arena, Felice   Fearless Frederic   9780143786757   Penguin Random House Australia
Black, Jess Acton, Sara The Tales of Mr Walker 9780143793076   Penguin Random House Australia
Dubosarsky, Ursula Joyner, Andrew Brindabella   9781760112042   Allen & Unwin  
Gleitzman, Morris   Help Around the House 9780143793236   Penguin Random House Australia
Gwyther, Sheryl   Sweet Adversity   9781460755105   HarperCollins Publishers
Hunt, Julie   Shine Mountain 9781760291501 Allen & Unwin
Marwood, Lorraine   Leave Taking   9780702260117   University of Queensland Press
McFarlane, Susannah   Fairytales for Feisty Girls 9781760523541   Allen & Unwin  
Merrison, Carl & Hustler, Hakea   Black Cockatoo   9781925360707   Magabala Books  
Moloney, James   The Young Vikings 9781743811191   Scholastic Australia
Moriarty, Jaclyn   The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars 9781760297183 Allen & Unwin
Nannestad, Katrina   The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence 9780733338182   HarperCollins Publishers
Nugent, Carly   The Peacock Detectives 9781925603705 Text Publishing
Orr, Wendy   Swallow’s Dance 9781760297879 Allen & Unwin
Perlman, Elliot Stitzel, Laura The Adventures of Catvinkle 9780143786368   Penguin Random House Australia
Rodda, Emily     His Name Was Walter 9781460756188   HarperCollins Publishers
Wheeler, Samantha     Everything I’ve Never Said 9780702260278   University of Queensland Press
Williams, Rhiannon     Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt 9781760500849   Hardie Grant Egmont  
Wolfer, Dianne Simmonds, Brian In the Lamplight 9781925591224 Fremantle Press
Wolfer, Dianne     The Dog with Seven Names 9780143787457   Penguin Random House Australia

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 0-7 years

Author Illustrator Title ISBN Publisher
Acton, Sara   Dinosaur Day Out   9781760650049   Walker Books Australia
Bell, Davina Colpoys, Allison All the Ways to be Smart 9781925713435   Scribble Kids’ Books
Blabey, Aaron   Pig the Grub   9781742769691   Scholastic Australia
Canty, John   Heads and Tails: Insects 9780994384164   Berbay Publishing
Connolly, Margaret & Prior, Natalie Jane   A Boat of Stars   9780733337932   HarperCollins Publishers  
Flynn, Rachel Ainslie, Tamsin Collecting Sunshine 9780143785187 Penguin Random House Australia
Gifford, Lucinda   Dogasaurus   9781743810712   Scholastic Australia
Godwin, Jane Reiseger, Jane Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! 9781925584691 Affirm Press
Guest, Patrick Jellett, Tom Rabby the Brave   9781760127534   Hardie Grant Egmont
Guest, Patrick Eckstrom, Nathaniel The Dress-Up Box   9781760124922   Hardie Grant Egmont
Howarth, Kylie   Chip the Lifeguard 9781760682316   Hardie Grant Egmont
King, Stephen Michael   Rainbow Bear   9781742997698   Scholastic Australia
Lester, Alison   Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey 9781760293123 Allen & Unwin
Lester, Alison   Tricky’s Bad Day 9781925712513 Affirm Press
McKinlay, Meg Eckstrom, Nathaniel Duck!   9781925381535   Walker Books Australia
McKinnon, Heidi   It’s a Long Way to the Shop 9781742998855   Scholastic Australia
Pesenti, Antonia   Rhyme Cordial   9781925322149   Scribble Kids’ Books
Riddle, Tohby   Here Comes Stinkbug! 9781760523527 Allen & Unwin
Ritchie, Kate Robaard, Jedda It’s Not Scribble to Me 9780143790136   Penguin Random House Australia
Whiting, Sue White, Annie Beware the Deep Dark Forest 9781742032344   Walker Books Australia

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 picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0-18 years. Books in this category are listed primarily by the illustrator, followed by the author.

Illustrator Author Title ISBN Publisher
Baynton, Terri Rose Temple, Kate & Jol Room on Our Rock 9781742764108 Scholastic Australia
Blackwood, Freya Wild, Margaret The Feather   9781760124212   Hardie Grant Egmont
Brooks, Ron Dubosarsky, Ursula Midnight at the Library 9780642279316   National Library of Australia
Bunting, Philip   How Did I Get Here? 9781742769684   Scholastic Australia
Canby, Kelly   The Hole Story 9781925591125 Fremantle Press
Gordon, Gus   The Last Peach   9780670078912 Penguin Random House Australia
Greder, Armin   The Mediterranean 9781760630959 Allen & Unwin
Hurst, Elise Estela, Lucy Girl on Wire   9780143787167   Penguin Random House Australia
Jellett, Tom Wagner, Michael Why I Love Summer 9780143783749   Penguin Random House Australia
Mackintosh, David   Waiting for Chicken Smith 9781760501761   Hardie Grant Egmont
Magerl, Caroline   Maya & Cat   9781921977282   Walker Books Australia
Ord, Mandy Wild, Margaret Chalk Boy 9781760630683 Allen & Unwin
Ottley, Matt Saunders, Kirli The Incredible Freedom Machines 9781760275228   Scholastic Australia
Quay, Emma   My Sunbeam Baby 9780733333552   HarperCollins Publishers
Speechley, Michael   The All New Must Have Orange 430 9780143788973   Penguin Random House Australia
Taher, Ronak Ayres, Eddie Sonam and the Silence 9781760293666 Allen & Unwin
Tan, Shaun   Cicada   9780734418630   Hachette Australia
To, Vivienne Beekman, Sasha When You’re Going to the Moon 9781925584936 Affirm Press
Walker, Anna Godwin, Jane Go Go and the Silver Shoes 9780143785521   Penguin Random House Australia
Whatley, Bruce French, Jackie Drought
9781743817599   Scholastic Australia

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

Author Illustrator Title ISBN Publisher
Allen, Emma Sommerville, Hannah Digby & Claude 9780642279279   National Library of Australia
Anderton, Joanne Erasmus, Karen   The Flying Optometrist 9780642279132   National Library of Australia
Bradshaw, Felicity MacDonald, Norma The Great Lizard Trek 9781486308828   CSIRO Publishing
Burne, Cristy   Zeroes & Ones 9781925589399 Brio
Chun, Matt   Australian Birds   9781760502003   Hardie Grant Egmont
Cleave, Rohan Tulloch, Coral Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story 9781486308279   CSIRO Publishing
Godwin, Jane & Orpin, Beci   Watch This!   9781925322774   Scribble Kids’ Books
Greenwood, Mark McLean, Andrew The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope   9781925081381   Walker Books Australia
Hendry, Lorna   The Giant Book of Germs 9781742034850   Wild Dog Books
Humphrys, Meg   When Water Lost Her Way 9780648228707   Circles Publishing
Jackson, Linda   Linda Jackson’s Rainbow Menagerie 9781925322132   Scribble Kids’ Books
Lessac, Frané   Under the Southern Cross 9781925381016   Walker Books Australia
Owen Reeder, Stephanie   Marvellous Miss May: Queen of the Circus 9780642279156   National Library of Australia
Rawlins, Donna     Jackson, Mark & Potter, Heather   Waves   9781925381641   Walker Books Australia  
National Gallery of Victoria   Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids 9781925432558   National Gallery of Victoria
Kate Ryan Cally Bennett My Modern Art Book   9781925432510   National Gallery of Victoria
Starke, Ruth Kennett, David Armistice   9781921504914   HarperCollins Publishers
Stubbs, Siena   Our Birds: Ŋlimurrungu Wäyin Malanynha 9781925360981   Magabala Books
Vass, Coral Leffler, Dub Sorry Day   9780642279033   National Library of Australia

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