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16 August 2019


CBCA Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The winning titles in each of the categories are:

Older readers


Honour books

Younger readers


  • His Name Was Walter (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)

Honour books

Early childhood


  • Tricky’s Bad Day (Alison Lester, Affirm)

Honour Books

  • Heads and Tails: Insects (John Canty, Berbay)
  • Here Comes Stinkbug! (Tohby Riddle, A&U)

Picture book


Honour books

  • The Mediterranean (Armin Greder, A&U)
  • The All New Must Have Orange 430 (Michael Speechley, Viking)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


  • Sorry Day (Coral Vass, illus by Dub Leffler, NLA)

Honour books

  • The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope (Mark Greenwood, illus by Andrew McLean, Walker)
  • Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids (National Gallery of Victoria)

Crichton Award for debut illustrator

  • Daniel Gray-Barnett for Grandma Z (Scribble).

Chosen from shortlists announced in March, the winning books were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 16 August. Also announced was the Nan Chauncy Award, a biennial award for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature, which was presented to children’s author James Moloney.

This year’s Children’s Book Week runs from 17–23 August with the theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’.

For more information about the CBCA Awards and Children’s Book Week, visit the CBCA website.



Moloney wins 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented James Moloney with the 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award for his contribution to Australian children’s literature.

Moloney is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, and is best known for his young adult books, which he began writing in 1992 with Crossfire, then Swashbuckler and The House on River Terrace in 1995 (all UQP).

He has twice won the UNESCO Prize for Children’s Literature: first in 1997 for A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, and again in 2001 for Touch Me (both UQP). He is also the recipient of a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for YA for Touch Me, a CBCA Book of the Year Award for A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove and a Gold Inky Award for Silvermay (HarperVoyager). His adult books include The Tower Mill (UQP) and The Love That I Have (HarperCollins), and he is the author of nonfiction title Boys and Books: Building a culture of reading around our boys (ABC Books).

The CBCA Nan Chauncy Award is named after Tasmanian children’s book author Nan Chauncy, and was created in 1983 to ‘honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature’.

The award was presented on 16 August prior to the announcement of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

The previous recipients of the award include author Mem Fox in 2017 and author Libby Gleeson in 2015.

For more information, click here.

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