Shortlist Announced for 2018 CBCA Awards


The Book of the Year: Older Readers

  • Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press)

  • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, HGE)

  • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan Macmillan)

  • Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)

  • The Secret Science of Magic (Melissa Keil, HGE)

  • Ballad For a Mad Girl (Vikki Wakefield, Text)


The Book of the Year: Younger Readers

  • The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, UQP)

  • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, A&U)

  • Marsh and Me (Martine Murray, Text)

  • Henrietta and the Perfect Night (Martine Murray, A&U)

  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)

  • The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler (Lisa Shanahan, A&U)


The Book of the Year: Early Childhood

  • Rodney Loses It (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Chrissie Krebs, Omnibus)

  • Boy (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane DeVries, Scholastic)

  • I’m Australian Too (Mem Fox, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Omnibus)

  • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)

  • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, illus by Alison Lester, Affirm)

  • Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan, illus by Binny, Hachette)


    Picture Book of the Year

    • Ten Pound Pom (Carole Wilkinson, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)

    • The Great Rabbit Chase (Freya Blackwood, Scholastic)

    • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus)

    • A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins, Affirm)

    • Swan Lake (Anne Spudvilas, A&U)

    • Florette (Anna Walker, PRH)


    Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

    • Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak, illus by Julian Frost, A&U)

    • M Is For Mutiny! History By Alphabet (John Dickon, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)

    • Left & Right (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)

    • The Big Book Of Antarctica (Charles Hope, Wild Dog Books)

    • Amazing Australians In Their Flying Machines (Prue & Kerry Mason, illus by Tom Jellett, Walker Books)

    • Koala (Claire Saxby, illus by Julie Vivas, Walker Books


    Crichon Award for New Illustrators

    • Can You Find Me? (Patrick Shirvington, New Frontier Publishing)
    • I Just Ate My Friend (Heidi McKinnon, Allen & Unwin)
    • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books)
    • Once Upon an ABC (Christopher Nielsen, Little Hare)
    • The Sloth Who Came to Say (Vivienne To, Allen & Unwin)
    • Tintinnabula (Rovina Cai, Little Hare)


    The winners will be announced on 17 August.