Children’s Book of the Year Shortlist 2021

Today the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the Shortlist for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards.

Watch this morning’s announcement below.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley
The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell
The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon
When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin
Where We Begin by Christie Nieman

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon
Bindi by Kirli Saunders, illustrated by Dub Leffler
The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting
The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty, illustrated by Kelly Canby
We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad
Worse Things by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Sarah Davis

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor
Busy Beaks by Sarah Allen
No! Never! by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, with illustrations by Mel Pearce
There’s No Such Thing by Heidi McKinnon
We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart
Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green, with illustrations by Anna Zobel

Picture Book of the Year

Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham
How to Make a Bird by Matt Ottley, and written by Meg McKinlay
Norton and the Bear by Gabriel Evans
Not Cute. by Philip Bunting
The Unwilling Twin by Freya Blackwood
Your Birthday Was the Best! by Felicita Sala, and written by Maggie Hutchings

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Azaria: A True History by Maree Coote
Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman, with illustrations by Liz Anelli
Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina M Newton, with illustrations by Rachel Tribout
Matthew Flinders – Adventures on Leaky Ships by Carole Wilkinson, with illustrations by Prue Pittock
Strangers on Country by David Hartley & Kirsty Murray, with illustrations by Dub Leffler
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals by Sami Bayly

CBCA Award for New Illustrators

Go Away, Worry Monster! by Robin Tatlow-Lord, and written by Brooke Graham
No! Never! by Mel Pearce, and written by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman
Ribbit Rabbit Robot by Sofya Karmazina , and written by Victoria Mackinlay
Seven Seas of Fleas by Dave Petzold
Shirley Purdie: My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe by Shirley Purdie
This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder

And keep and eye out in the coming months as we reviews some of this year’s notable and shortlisted books.