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CBCA 2020 Book of the Year winners announced

CBCA 2020 Book of the Year winners announced

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the winners of their 2020 Book of the Year Awards, recognising the best books for younger readers across six categories. 

The awards are usually given in August, but the event was unfortunately postponed for the first time in the CBCA's 75 year history. The CBCA reported they received 517 unique entries across the six categories, with a further 170 new creators appearing since last year. 

The awards are launching alongside CBCA's Book Week, which will run from Saturday 17 October to Friday 23 October, with the theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Next year's theme will be announced at the culmination of Book Week

Check out the full list of CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners, as well as comments by the judges: 


Younger Readers: The Little Wave by Pip Harry,

'Expertly told in verse, revolves around three primary school children from the beach and outback. The support they find in each other delivers an emotional stability which helps them transcend grief, poverty and bullying.'


Older Readers: This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield,

'A gritty story about a suburb in decline where the main character, Nate, learns to hide his intellect and emotions. His love for his younger brothers, stepmother, and even his abusive father, is a driving force that enables the powerless to become powerful.'


Early Childhood: My Friend Fred, written by Frances Watts and illustrated by A Yi

'Animals often feature strongly in the early childhood category, and in this book they demonstrate just how different good friends can be. My Friend Fred is full of energy and movement and comes to a very satisfying surprise ending.'


Picture Book of the Year: I Need a Parrot by Chris McKimmie

'A witty book written and illustrated by Chris McKimmie. With very few words and deceptively simple drawings, this book gives readers lots to ponder and discuss about our desire to keep and cage pets.'


The Eve Pownall Award: Bruce Pascoe for Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

'This beautifully produced book presents a powerful argument debunking the notion of Terra Nullius which positioned Indigenous Australians as nomadic hunter gatherers. This younger readers' version of Dark Emu is an engaging discussion, accessible to primary school and young adult readers.'


The CBCA Award for New Illustrator: Baby Business, illustrated and written by Jasmine Seymour,

'Tells the story of a smoking ceremony performed to welcome a baby to Country. The judges were particularly struck by Seymour’s depiction of smoke and her use of line, texture and colour to represent culture.'


You can also watch the announcement ceremony below: