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Book of the Year Awards 2022 shortlist announced

Book of the Year Awards 2022 shortlist announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced this year’s Book of the Year Awards Shortlist and that this year’s final prize pool will exceed $100,000 for the first time. 

The CBCA is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA Book of the Year Awards is regarded as Australia's most prestigious children's literature award and is presented in six categories:, Older Readers,  Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, The Eve Pownall Award, and The New Illustrator Award.

CBCA Chair Wendy Rapee said, 'We sincerely congratulate the thriving community of Australian creators and publishers who make this such an exceptional Shortlist, with every title demonstrating mastery and innovation in language, illustrations, storytelling and production values. With the support of the CBCA Awards Foundation, we are thrilled to be able to recognise Australian excellence in children’s literature by lifting the 2022 prize pool to more than $100 000.'

The CBCA are also inviting young voices from across Australia to discuss the books in the Book of the Year Shortlist. Rapee, went on to say, 'Right now young readers around Australia are being invited to choose their own CBCA Book of the Year from the Shortlist for the first time. That’s for our new Sun Project: Shadow Judging, made possible by funding from the Australian Government RiSE Fund.'

The CBCA  Book of the Year Awards will be announed on August 19, and the CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging choices will be announced on  August 26. 

For more information visit their website here.


Check out the shortlist:

Book of the Year: Older Readers 

Girls in Boys’ Cars, Felicity Castagna (Pan Macmillan Australia)

How to Repaint a Life, Steven Herrick (University of Queensland Press)

Tiger Daughter, Rebecca Lim (Allen & Unwin)

The Boy from the Mish, Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin)

Terciel and Elinor, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

Sugar Town Queens, Malla Nunn (Allen & Unwin)


Book of the Year: Younger Readers 

Dragon Skin, Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel, Nicki Greenberg (Affirm Press)

Huda and Me, H Hayek (Allen & Unwin)

A Glasshouse of Stars, Shirley Marr (Penguin Random House Australia)

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Maryam Master (illus. by Astred Hicks) (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, Katrina Nannestad (ABC: An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)


Book of the Year: Early Childhood

When the Waterhole Dries Up, Kaye Baillie and illustrated by Max Hamilton (Windy Hollow Books)

What Do You Call Your Grandma?, Ashleigh Barton and illustrated by Martina Heiduczek (ABC: An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Walk of the Whales, Nick Bland (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

Amira’s Suitcase, Vikki Conley and illustrated by Nicky Johnston (New Frontier Publishing)

Jetty Jumping, Andrea Rowe and illustrated by Hannah Sommerville (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

Winston and the Indoor Cat, Leila Rudge (Walker Books Australia)


Picture Book of the Year 

The Boy and the Elephant, Freya Blackwood (HarperCollins Publishers)

Blue Flower, Gabriel Evans (text by Sonya Hartnett) (Penguin Random House Australia)

Stellarphant, James Foley (Fremantle Press)

The Inheritance, Armin Greder (Allen & Unwin)

Just One Bee, Christopher Nielsen (text by Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini) (Dirt Lane Press (WestWords imprint))

Iceberg, Jess Racklyeft (text by Claire Saxby) (Allen & Unwin)


Eve Pownall Award 

Still Alive, Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System, Safdar Ahmed (Twelve Panels Press)

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature, Sami Bayly (Hachette Australia)

Book of Curious Birds, Jennifer Cossins (Hachette Australia)

Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest, Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler and illustrated by Emma Long (Allen & Unwin)

The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, Corey Tutt and illustrated by Blak Douglas (Hardie Grant Publishing)

Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, Karen Wyld (illus. by Jaelyn Biumaiwai) (Hachette Australia)


CBCA Award for New Illustrator 

A Trip to the Hospital, Freda Chiu (Allen & Unwin)

Everyday Wonders, Natala Graetz (Everyday Wonders)

Great White Shark, Cindy Lane (Walker Books Australia)

Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest, Emma Long (Allen & Unwin)

For Love, Cristina Neri (Lake Press Pty Ltd)

The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name, Michelle Pereira (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing