CBCA 2014 Shortlists

The Children’s Book Council Book of the Year shortlists were announced last week in Canberra. Click through to read the notable lists too – some great titles on there!

Winners announced during Book Week in August.

Older Readers


  • The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna (Giramondo)
  • Life in Outer Space, Melissa Keil (HGE)
  • The First Third, Will Kostakis (Penguin)
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls, Allyse Near (Random House)
  • Wildlife, Fiona Wood (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Sky so Heavy, Claire Zorn (UQP)

Younger Readers


  • Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend, Anna Branford, illus by Sarah Davis (Walker Books)
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner, Julie Hunt (A&U)
  • A Very Unusual Pursuit, Catherine Jinks (A&U)
  • My Life as an Alphabet, Barry Jonsberg (A&U)
  • Light Horse Boy, Dianne Wolfer, illus by Brian Simmonds (Fremantle Press)

Early Childhood


  • I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, Janeen Brian, illus by Ann James, (Viking)
  • Baby Bedtime, Mem Fox, illus by Emma Quay (Viking)
  • Banjo and Ruby Red, Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare)
  • Kissed by the Moon, Alison Lester (Viking)
  • The Swap (Jan Ormerod, illus by Andrew Joyner, Little Hare)
  • Granny Grommet and Me (Dianne Wolfer, illus by Karen Blair, Walker Books)

Picture Book (not necessarily for children!)


  • The Treasure Box, Margaret Wild, illus by Freya Blackwood (Viking)
  • King Pig, Nick Bland (Scholastic Press)
  • Silver Buttons, Bob Graham (Walker Books)
  • Parachute, Danny Parker, illus by Matt Ottley (Little Hare)
  • The Windy Farm, Doug MacLeod, illus by Craig Smith, (Working Title Press)
  • Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Lothian)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Jeremy, Christopher Faille, illus by Danny Snell (Working Title Press)
  • Ice, Wind, Rock, Peter Gouldthorpe (Lothian)
  • Jandamarra, Mark Greenwood, illus by Terry Denton (A&U)
  • Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima, ed by Paul Ham (ABC Books)
  • Meet… Captain Cook, Rae Murdie, illus by Chris Nixon (Random House)
  • Welcome to My Country, Laklak Burarrwanga and family (A&U)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

  • Big Red Kangaroo, Graham Byrne, text by Claire Saxby (Walker Books)
  • The Bloodhound Boys Book 1: The Great Blood Bank Robbery, Andrew Cranna (Walker Books)
  • I’ve An Uncle Ivan, Ben Sanders (Thames & Hudson)
  • The Nerdy Birdy, David Snowdon, text by Danielle Wheeldon (self-published)

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