Fourteen Penguin and Puffin books have been selected for the CBCA Book Awards Notables list.
Congratulations to all the Penguin and Puffin authors and illustrators who have made it onto the list of CBCA Notables this year.
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.
The 2022 CBCA Book Awards shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 29 March, and the winners and honours will be announced on Friday 19 August.
Book of the Year: Older Readers
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
This New York Times bestseller follows the eerie tale of Iris Hollow and her two sisters as they seek to discover what really happened on the night they went missing and returned with white hair and black eyes. A thriller-horror not for the faint of heart!
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The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska
In a snow-cloaked kingdom, two wicked rivals secretly compete for the pure heart of a prince, only to discover they might be falling for each other instead. Now is a time for mischief and revelry.
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
From Australia’s #1 bestselling YA author comes a dark and thrilling new YA fantasy trilogy, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last decade fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva takes her place in the Trial by Ordeal to fight for both their freedom.
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Always by Morris Gleitzman
The much-anticipated final journey in the story of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman’s multi-award-winning Once, Then, After, Soon, Maybe and Now.
A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr
An exquisite, heartbreakingly beautiful gem of a novel for anyone who loved Wonder. Meixing Lim and her family have moved to the New House in the New Land, and as their fragile universe is rocked with tragedy, Meixing will need all her resilience and imagination to survive.
Listen, Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
What’s a queen to do when her summer plans go horribly wrong? A powerful, funny and timely novel for young readers by writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
Little Gem by Anna Zobel
When her spell at Witchcraft School goes wrong, Gem lands in an unfamiliar, empty cottage outside a strange, colourful down. Everyone in Ellsworth Pining thinks Gem is their new village witch. Gem might know a spell that can help them – if only she could get it right.
The Right Way to Rock by Nat Amoore
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Train Party by Karen Blair
All aboard the train party! This delightful rhyming picture book captures all the fun of a preschooler’s train-themed birthday party at a miniature railway park.
Picture Book of the Year
Bear and Rat by Christopher Cheng and Stephen Michael King
A powerful and uplifting story about a loving friendship, even through the hardest of times.
Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett and Gabriel Evans
A beautifully told picture book about self-esteem, resilience and the discovery that being different can be something wonderful.
Don’t Forget by Jane Godwin and Anna Zobel
Sometimes, we need to remember all the things we can do to be part of the world. Small things, like offering a smile. And bigger things, like hoping, dreaming and imagining.
Frankie and the Fossil by Jess McGeachin
Frankie knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. But when she ignores a sign at the museum and is followed home by a friendly fossil, Frankie finds there’s more to dinosaurs than she ever imagined.
Eve Pownall Award
Masters of Disguise by Marc Martin
A gorgeous hide-and-seek extravaganza that showcases twelve of the most elusive animals on earth that use camouflage to disguise themselves.
Shirley Marr's children's novel has just won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award 2022.
Winners to be announced on Thursday 9 June.
We're excited to announce four of our authors have made it to the shortlist.
Congratulations to our five authors who have been longlisted for the awards.
Congratulations to the winners!
Winners will be announced on 25 May 2023.
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