CBCA Book Awards: 2019 Shortlist

Book Week is a much-loved tradition in Australian schools, libraries and the publishing industry at large. It’s a week-long celebration of the best books aimed at children (young and old), that encourages students, teachers, librarians and booksellers to dress up as their favourite book characters and celebrate the world’s best storytellers.

The Children Book Council of Australia (CBCA) will announce the winners of this year’s awards on Friday 16th August, just in time for the week-long Book Week celebrations to begin on Saturday 17th August. This year’s theme is: Reading Is My Secret Power.

Throughout the course of August and in the lead up to Book Week.  I will be reviewing as many of the shortlisted CBCA books that I can get my hands on.  With that in mind, I thought I would share with you all today the books that made the CBCA’s 2019 shortlist.

 

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).

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 prim  ary year. Ages 7-12 years.

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.

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).

NOTE: I have previously read and reviewed two of the books from this category. To read my reviews for:

 

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. Ages 0-18 years.

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.

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Which books do you think will win?

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