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CBCA awards shortlists announced

18 April 2019
The shortlists for the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. Carly Nugent’s middle-grade novel The Peacock Detectives (Text) has won the...

Awards attention for ‘Catching Teller Crow’

21 February 2019
Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s YA novel Catching Teller Crow (Allen & Unwin) has won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and received a shortlisting for the Indie Book Awards. The YA...

Lester wins Melbourne Prize for Literature

22 November 2018
Children’s author and illustrator Alison Lester has won the Melbourne Prize for Literature, presented every three years to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published work has made an outstanding...

Lester shortlisted for Melbourne Prize for Literature

20 September 2018
Prolific children’s author and former Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester has been shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. The award is presented triennially to a Victorian author whose body...

Shortlists highlight environment, crime books

19 July 2018
The shortlist for the Environment Award for Children’s Literature has been announced. The award is presented annually to children’s fiction, nonfiction and picture books that ‘foster a love of wild...

‘Nevermoor’ scores industry hat-trick

21 June 2018
Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor (Lothian) has won yet another award—this time the Australian Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award, announced on 17 June. The children’s book has previously taken out Book of...

‘Nevermoor’ continues award-winning run

16 May 2018
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Lothian) continues its award-winning streak, earning the author three awards at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) announced earlier this month. Nevermoor won the awards for...

Townsend’s ‘Nevermoor’ wins locally and in the UK

19 April 2018
Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Lothian) has been named Book of the Year at the 2018 Indie Book Awards. Nevermoor, which also took out the children’s category of the awards,...

‘Boy’ wins Children’s Peace Literature Award

16 November 2017
Phil Cummings and Shane Devries’ picture book Boy (Scholastic) has won the Australian Psychological Society’s Children’s Peace Literature Award. It tells the story of a young deaf boy who brings...

Multiple awards for ‘Words in Deep Blue’

18 October 2017
Cath Crowley’s YA novel Words in Deep Blue (Pan Macmillan)—a love story between estranged best friends set in a Melbourne secondhand bookshop—has picked up multiple awards in the past few...

CBCA Book of the Year Awards announced

One Would Think the Deep cover 21 September 2017
The winners of the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. They include: One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, University of Queensland...

Refugee story takes out Australian YA prize

The Bone Sparrow cover 14 August 2017
Zana Fraillon’s YA novel The Bone Sparrow (Hachette) has won the inaugural Readings YA Prize. Fraillon’s novel tells the story of Subhi, a refugee born in a detention centre, who...