Children’s Book Award Shortlists!

Book Brief | Mar 2024

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the 2024 Book of the Year Shortlist. From 656 entries across six categories, 36 quality Australian children’s books are celebrated.

Read our interviews with many of the authors and book reviews of the shortlisted titles. Read on to find out more.

For the full list of CBCA 2024 Book of the Year Shortlist are as follows:


Book of the Year: Older Readers 
Age guide 13-18 years.


 A Hunger of Thorns by Lili Wilkinson – Read a book review

Grace Notes by Karen Comer – Read an interview with the author and an extract from the book

Inkflower by Suzy Zail – Read a book review and an interview with the author

Let’s Never Speak of This Again by Megan Williams – Read an interview with the author

The Quiet and the Loud by Helena Fox – Read a book review

Two Can Play That Game by leanne Yong – Read a book review


Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Age guide 7-12 years


Being Jimmy Baxter by Fiona Lloyd – Read an interview with the author

Huda Was Here by H Hayek – Find out more

Real Pigeons Flap Out by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood – Find out more

Scar Town by Tristan Banks – Read an interview with the author

Scout and the Rescue Dogs by Dianne Wolfer & Tony Flowers – Find out more

The Sideways Orbit of Evie Hart by Samera Kamaleddine – Find out more


Book of the Year: Early Childhood 
Age guide 0-6


Bear and Duck are Friends by Sue deGennaro – Find out more

Can You Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? by Jane Godwin & Terry Denton – Find out more

Grace and Mr Milligan by Caz Goodwin & Pip Kruger – Find out more

Gymnastica Fantastica! by Briony StewartFind out more

One Little Duck by Katrina Germein & Danny Snell – Read a book review

The Concrete Garden by Bob Graham – Read a book review


Picture Book of the Year
Age guide 0-18


Bowerbird Blues by Aura ParkerRead a book review

Every Night at Midnight by Peter Cheong – Find out more

If I Was a Horse by Sophie Blackall – Read a book review

Paper-flower Girl by Mateja Jager & Margrete Lamond – Find out more

That Bird Has Arms by Ronojoy Ghosh & Niharika Hukku 

Timeless by Kelly Canby – Find out more


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.
Age guide 0-18 years.


Australia: Country of Colour by Jess Racklyeft – Read a book review

Country Town by Isolde Martyn, Robyn Ridgeway & Louise Hogan – Find out more

Eww Gross: Foul Facts and Putrid Pictures by Dan Marshall – Find out more

Our Country: Where History Happened by Mark Greenwood & Frané Lessac – Find out more

Tamarra by Violet Wadrill, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal, Leah Leaman, Cecelia Edwards, Cassandra Algy, Felicity Meakins, Briony Barr & Gregory Crocett – Find out more

This Book Thinks Ya Deadly! by Corey Tutt & Molly Hunt – Find out more


CBCA Award for New Illustrator  

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


Etta and the Shadow Taboo, illustrated by Jeremy Worrall (author Jared Field) – Find out more

Grace and Mr Milligan, Illustrated by Pip Kruger (author Caz Goodwin) – Find out more

Hope is the Thing, illustrated by Erica Wagner (author Johanna Bell) – Find out more

Phonobet, illustrated by Kim Drake (author Kathy Weeden) – Read an interview with the author

Raised by Moths, illustrated by Michelle Conn (author Charlie Archbold) – Find out more

When You’re a Boy written and illustrated by Blake Nuto – Read a book review

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