The Children’s Book Council has released their shortlist for their annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

The winners will be announced the Friday before Children’s Book Week which runs Saturday, 22nd August – Friday, 28th August 2015.

We’ve been busy making sure that all of the branches now have a copy and you can reserve any of the books by clicking below. We’re very excited by some of the books that have been shortlisted this year and like last year we will be reviewing as many of them as possible. Keep an eye on the blog and check back for more information.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Book of the Year - Older Readers Collage

Nona & Me by Claire Atkins
Intruder by Christine Bongers
Are You Seeing Me? By Darren Groth
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
The Minnow by Diana Sweeny
The Protected by Claire Zorn

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Book of the Year - Younger Readers Collage


Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks
The Simple Things by Bill Condon with illustrations by Beth Norling
The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present by Libby Gleeson with illustrations by Freya Blackwood
Bleakboy and Hunter: Stand out in the Rain by Steven Herrick
Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu
Withering-by-Sea: a Stella Montgomery Intrigue by Judith Rossell

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Book of the Year - Early Childhood Collage


Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes with illustrations by Stephen Michael King
Go to Sleep, Jessie! by Libby Gleeson with illustrations by Freya Blackwood
A House of Her Own by Jenny Hughes with illustrations by Jonathan Bentley
Snail and Turtle are Friends by Stephen Michael King
Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester

Picture Book of the Year

Book of the Year - Picture Book Collage

Rivertime by Trace Balla
My Two Blankets by Freya Blackwood with words by Irena Kobald
One Minute’s Silence by Michael Camilleri with words by David Metzenthen
The Duck and the Darklings by Stephen Michael King with words by Glenda Millard
The Stone Line by Ritva Voutila with words by Margaret Wild
Fire by Bruce Whatley with words by Jackie French

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Book of the Year - Eve Pownall Collage

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land by Simon Barnard
Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia by Demet Divaroren and Amra Pajalic (editors)
Mary’s Australia: How Mary Mackillop Changed Australia by Pamela Freeman
Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly with illustrations by Robert Ingpen
Emu by Claire Saxby with illustrations by Graham Byrne
Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime by Carlie Walker with illustrations by Brett Hatherly

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

Book of the Year - New Illustrators Collage

Rivertime by Trace Balla
Kick with My Left Foot by Karen Briggs with words by Paul Seden
One Minute’s Silence by Michael Camilleri with words by David Metzenthen
Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Robin Cowcher with words by Corinne Fenton
Meet Douglas Mawson by Snip Green with words by Mike Dumbleton
The Lost Girl by Leanne Tobin with words by Ambelin Kwaymullina