The Childrens Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Shortlist is Here!

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Children’s Book Council shortlist! The 2016 feature includes 31 books varying in age range and prize eligibility. The Children’s Book Council of Australia will award five prizes, one for each of the following categories: older readers, younger readers, early childhood, picture books, and information texts.

Keeping the ball rolling on this whole diversity trend this year (when should it ever not be a trend?) the spectrum of books isn’t just the hum drum of flowers and baby cub characters we’re used to, but wholly topical to the fantastic dreams of children and the hard questions they often ask their parents. From toddlers to preteens, the scope of the list shows an evolving face for the world of children’s lit.

Check them all out below!


Book of the Year Award: Older Readers

The Flywheel, by Erin Gough

The Pause, by John Larkin

Freedom Ride, by Sue Lawson

A Single Stone, by Meg McKinlay

Inbetween Days, by Vikki Wakefield

Cloudwish, by Fiona Wood


Book of the Year Award: Young Readers

The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet, by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Soon, by Morris Gleitzman

Run, Pip, Run, by J.C. Jones

Sister Heart, by Sally Morgan

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars, by Martine Murray

Shadows of the Master, by Emily Rodda


Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas, by Aaron Blabey

Ollie and the Wind, by Ronojoy Ghosh

My Dog Bigsy, by Alison Lester

Perfect, by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood

Mr. Huff, by Anna Walker

The Cow Tipped Over the Moon, by Tony Wilson


Picture Book of the Year

Ride, by Shane Devries and Phil Cummings

My Dead Bunny, by James Foley and Sigi Cohen

Flight, by Armin Greder and Nadia Wheatley

One Step at a Time, by Sally Einrich and Jane Jolly

Suri’s Wall, by Matt Ottley and Lucy Estela

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, by Bruce Whatley and Eric Bogle


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Phasmid, by Rohan Cleave and Carol Tulloch

The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake, by Peter Gould Thorpe

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made, by Fiona Katauskas

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony, by Stephanie Owen Reeder

Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs, by Robyn Siers and Carlie Walker

We are the Rebels: the Men and Women who Made Eureka, by Clare Wright


Crichton Award for New Illustrators

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade, by Allison Colpoys

The Cat with the Coloured Tail, by Dinalie Dabarera,

My Gallipoli, by Robert Hannaford

Fish Jam, by Kylie Howarth

Meet Weary Dunlop, by Jeremy Lord


Images courtesy of Cockburn Libraries and Huffington Post.