CBCA book of the year winners

CBCA 2020 Book of the Year Award Winners!

If you’re looking for the next great page turner for your little bookworm, then this is a pretty good place to start! The absolute best of the best when it comes to Aussie books from 2020!

There was a hugely challenging task for the judges of the CBCA 2020 Book of the Year Awards, with a stellar short list to choose from!

What a wonderful way to start Book Week 2020, with a huge congratulations to the six winning authors, illustrators and publishers!

And the winners are….


this is how we change the ending
This Is How We Change the Ending
Vikki Wakefield
Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things—how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick. Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?


The little wave
The Little Wave
Pip Harry
When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves. Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around? Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it. Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.


My Friend Fred
My Friend Fred
Frances Watts
Illus. A.Yi
This delightful picture book is about a friendship between an exuberant but loveable dachshund and his more retiring, tidy housemate.


I Need a Parrot
Chris McKimmie
But what does a parrot need? A book about wanting and needing; what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.


Young Dark Emu: A Truer History
Bruce Pascoe
Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu – A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.


baby business
Baby Business
Jasmine Seymour
Baby Business tells the story of a Darug baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing – it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to and is enhanced by gentle illustrations. Darug language words are integrated throughout, with a glossary at the back. Central to this stunning book is a message of connection to Country and the need to care for it.

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