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Book Week 2020

What is Book Week?

Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week.

During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators.

Pick a section below to explore this year's shortlisted books.

Winners for Children's Choice Awards 2020 are as follows:

BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS - The Boy Who Steals Houses

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS – Little Wave

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR – We're Stuck

BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD - Tilly

EVE POWNALL AWARD – Young Dark Emu

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR - Louie and Snippy

Ages 0-18 years (note that some books may be for older readers)

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.

Picture Book of the Year 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and authorActivities
Hello Lighthouse, Sophie Blackall Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall 
Nop, Caroline Magerl Nop by Caroline Magerl

Watch a video of Caroline Magerl in her studio

Sam and Elaine - Warrawong Library - "Nop"

I need a parrot, Chris McKimmie I Need a Parrot by Christ McKimmieWatch a video of real parrots at Healesville Sanctuary
Three, Stephen Michael King Three by Stephen Michael KingFollow these instructions to make your own Three and Friends board game
The Good Son, a story from the first world war told in miniature 

The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan, with text by Pierre-Jacques Ober.

Learn about Australians at war in 1916 on the Australian War Memorial website
Tilly, Jane Godwin, Anna WalkerTilly by Anna Walker with text by Jane GodwinMake a treasure box or watch a video of author Jane Godwin

Ages 0-6 years.

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.

Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and authorActivities
Bat vs Poss, Alexa Moses, illustrated by Anil Tortop 

Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses, illustrated by Anil Tortop.

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue

Decorate a community tree or watch a time-lapse video of Anil Tortop illustrating Bat vs Poss
When Billy Was a Dog, Kirsty Murray, Karen Blair When Billy Was a Dog by Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Karen BlairPlay a game of animal charades
We're Stuck! Sue deGennaro We're Stuck! by Sue deGennaro

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Find out how lifts work with this fun activity

Learn to draw Turtle with Sue deGennaro
Goodby House, Hello House, Margaret Wild, Ann James Goodbye House, Hello House by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Ann James

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Make a Peek-a-Boo House or learn about how this book was illustrated
My Friend Fred, Frances Watts, illustrated by A. Yi My Friend Fred by Frances Watts, illustrated by A. Yi

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Make a paper bag puppet
One Runaway Rabbit, David Metzenthen, illustrated by Mairead Murphy One Runaway Rabbit by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Mairead Murphy

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Create a shadow puppet

Ages 7-12 years.

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.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and author
The Little Wave, Pip Harry The Little Wave by Pip Harry

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
The Thing About Oliver, Deborah Kelly The Thing About Oliver by Deborah Kelly
The Dog Runner, Bren MacDibble 

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue

Catch a Falling Star, Meg McKinlay 

Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue

The Glimme, Emily Rodda, Marc McBride The Glimme by Emily Rodda, illustrated by Marc McBride
The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt, illustrated by Katherine Quinn The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt, illustrated by Katherine Quinn

Ages 13-18 years.

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.

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

Book of the Year: Older Readers 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and author
C. G. Drews, The Boy Who Steals Houses, The Girl Who Steals His Heart The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews
Helena Fox, How it Feels to Float How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Ghost Bird, Lisa Fuller Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
When the Ground is Hard, Malla Nunn When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
Four Dead Queens, Astrid Scholte Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue
This is How We Change the Ending, Vikki Wakefield This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

This book is available electronically on the library catalogue

Ages 0-18 years.

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.

Eve Pownall Award 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and authorActivities
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, Sami Bayly The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami BaylyWatch a time lapse video of Sami Bayly illustrating an Australian brush-turkey
Searching for Cicadas, Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes, illustrated by Judy Watson

Watch a BBC Earth video about cicadas

Find some great Searching for Cicadas activities

Cicada Factsheet

Cicada Lifecycle

Date Cicada

Cicada Drawing

Abbie Mitchell, A Hollow is a Home, illustrated by Astred Hicks A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell, illustrated by Astred HicksWatch a video of Astred Hicks' illustration process
Wilam: A Birrarung Story, Aunty Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly,with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Lisa KennedyWatch a video featuring Wurundgeri elder, Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History, Bruce Pascoe Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce PascoeWatch a video of Bruce Pascoe talking about this book
Yahoo Creek, An Australian Mystery, Tohby Riddle Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery by Tohby RiddleRead about the making of Yahoo Creek

Ages 0-18 years.

This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration.

CBCA Award for New Illustrator 2020 shortlist
Book coverTitle and authorActivities
Louie and Snippy Save the Sea, Collette Dinnigan, illustrations by Grant Cowan Louie and Snippy Save the Sea by Grant Cowan 
Paperboy, Danny Parker and Bethany Macdonald Paperboy by Bethany Macdonald 

Fly, Jess McGeachin

Fly by Jess McGeachin 
Cooee Mittigar, A Story on Darug Songlines, Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines by Leanne Mulgo WatsonWatch the video 'What are songlines?'
Jasmine Seymour, Baby Business Baby Business by Jasmine SeymourBaby Business Activity Time
Little Bird's Day, Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr Little Bird's Day by Johnny Warrkatja MalibirrWatch a video of Johnny reading this book, or talking about his homeland, Ngaliyindi and his paintings that come from there.

Make a beautiful bird picture using things you can find on a walk.

Each year staff our staff love to dress up for Book Week! Here are some of our favourites from previous years.

Favourites from previous years
Book coverTitle and author
The Cow Tripped over the Moon The Cow Tripped over the Moon by Tony Wilson. This book is available electronically on the library catalogue.
Noni the Pony Rescues a JoeyNoni the Pony Rescues A Joey by Alison Lester.
No BearsNo Bears by Megan McKinlay. This book is available electronically on the library catalogue.
Chip BookChip by Kylie Howarth.
Rodney Loses ItRodney loses it! by Michael Gerard Bauer.
The Very Sleepy BearThe Very Sleepy Bear by Nick Bland.
Pig the PugPig the Pug by Aaron Blabey.

Get involved

If you're aged 3 to 18 years, you're invited to take part with one of our fun Book Week activities below.

Book Week 2020 Children's Choice Award

Congratulations to our Book Week Children’s Choice winners!

Book Pack 1 – Savannah Latimer

Book Pack 2 – Edwin Zerner

Book Pack 3 – Sorcha Gall

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Get creative

Why not colour in your own Book Week poster? Download a copy below:

Or go freestyle and draw your own Curious Creature!