- National Conference
- Book of the Year
- Book Week
- Shadow Judging
- Reading Time
- Sign In
Get ready for three days of dynamic professional evelopment, delivered by exceptional talent, surrounded by peers and professionals driven to build a world of powerful and inspirational children's literature.
You'll hear from the likes of multi-award winner Claire Saxby, professional speakers such as Sue Whiting and Gina Newton, plus new voices including Kate Foster and Jordan Collins, to just name a few. Co-curators SCBWI also have planned pitching and storytelling sessions bringing writers and publishers together providing a window for attendess to see where and how the books we all love begin!
13 leading like-minded associations join together under a single "umbrella" to advocate for the power and pleasure of literature in the development of literacy. Commencing June 8 and concluding mid November 2022 (then every couple of weeks in term time) you can join with the CBCA and a host of others sharing a series of free online presentations.
If you love a good story, register for these free sessions and join us as we share the joy and wonder with future generations
Program dates, details and registration can be found at the Foundation For Learning and Literacy's Symposium website: https://foundationforlearningandliteracy.info/symp-home/
Registration is available now for in-person attendance in Canberra, for all three days, Saturday or Sunday only, and an online virtually streamed option for those wanting to join in but can't make it in person. Visit the Conference Costs page to see your registertions options.
Bookmark the National Conference webpage to keep up to date with program information, face-to-face events and online opportunities.
We look forward to sharing dreams with you in Canberra.
Our new Shadow Judging website is live and looks amazing! Check it out at https://shadowjudging.cbca.org.au/.
Our Shadow Judging groups are busy reading and discussing the 2022 CBCA Shortlist books. In the coming months they will fill the website with their Creative Responses…
We wish our readers many imaginative hours ahead!
Don't stop the celebrations for our 100+ creators on the 2022 CBCA Book Awards Notables List. Selected from our biggest pool of entries across our 76 year history, reaching the Notables List has never been such a HUGE accomplishment.
Enjoy our spotlight video, or jump across to our 2022 Book Awards Notables Page.
As we move towards June, our celebrations for our 2022 CBCA Shortlist winners continues as we bring you personal snippets from the talented authors and illlustrators whose works feature in the rich list of books. Watch our social media channels for interviews, videos and artwork that will take us into the creative minds behind these winning books. Jump across to our Shortlist Page to download the list of winning titles or find out more about each entry.
You can watch our special 2022 CBCA Shortlist Book of the Year Awards announcement on the CBCA YouTube channel
Get your young people to read great Australian books all year round with our brand new CBCA Yearly Planner. Featuring beautiful artwork by award-winning illustrator Jasmine Seymour, it includes:
Book lists for:
Buy your copy now on the CBCA eStore
Yearly Planner - 'a quick look inside'
Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.
The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.
In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.
In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote children's books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians conduct activities relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
The CBCA produces a range of promotional items, including stickers for publishers to place on winning and honour books, and support materials for teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians. The range is always changing and developing.
The Conference is a way to connect with fellow literary colleagues and immerse yourself in children’s literature providing a unique learning and networking opportunity for teacher librarians, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, educators or simply children’s book lovers.
Throughout the year, we work in partnership with authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers to bring literature into the hearts and minds of children. Your donation will help us continue this important work.
The CBCA has a strong commitment and a long history of reviewing Australian children's books. For many of the seventy years CBCA has been in existence reviews were presented in our print journal Reading Time.