In 1946 the Children's Book Council of Australia established annual book awards to promote children's books of high literary and artistic quality. Winning women authors received a camellia and men received a handshake!
Today, these awards are the most influential and highly respected in Australia bringing winning authors both fame and fortune.
16 October 2020
The winners of the 2020 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.
The winning titles and honour books in each category are:
Older readers: winner
Older readers: honour books
Younger readers: winner
Younger readers: honour books
Early childhood: winner
Early childhood: honour books
Picture books: winner
Picture books: honour books
Eve Pownall Award for information books: winner
Eve Pownall Award for information books: honour books
Crichton Award for new illustrators: winner
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