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Children's Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood

The Children's Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood has been presented annually since 2001 by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA).

Children's Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood
Awarded forExcellence in Australian early childhood books
Presented byChildren's Book Council of Australia
First awarded2001

The Award "will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama, poetry or concept books for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. They may be picture books, picture storybooks or texts in which illustrations play a substantial part in the storytelling or concept development."[1]


Award winnersEdit


Year Author Title Publisher
2018[2] Michael Gerard Bauer, illus. Chrissie Krebs Rodney Loses It! Omnibus Books
2017[3] Johanna Bell, illus. Dion Beasley Go Home, Cheeky Animals! Allen & Unwin
2016[4] Anna Walker Mr Huff Penguin Random House
2015 Libby Gleeson, illus. Freya Blackwood Go to Sleep, Jessie! Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
2014 Jan Ormerod, illus. Andrew Joyner The Swap Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
2013 Emma Allen, illus. Freya Blackwood The Terrible Suitcase Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
2012 Nick Bland, illus. Freya Blackwood The Runaway Hug Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
2011 Jan Ormerod, illus. Freya Blackwood Maudie and Bear Little Hare Books
2010 Lisa Shanahan, illus. Emma Quay Bear & Chook by the Sea Lothian Books


Year Author Title Publisher
2009 Bob Graham How to Heal a Broken Wing Walker Books
2008 Aaron Blabey Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley Viking Books
2007 Libby Gleeson, illus. Freya Blackwood Amy and Louis Scholastic Press
2006 Deborah Niland Annie's Chair Viking Books
2005 Mem Fox, illus. Judy Horacek Where Is the Green Sheep? Viking Books
2004 Pamela Allen Grandpa and Thomas Viking Books
2003 Penny Matthews, illus. Andrew McLean A Year on Our Farm Omnibus Books
2002 Bob Graham Let's Get a Pup! Walker Books
2001 Catherine Jinks, illus. Andrew McLean You'll Wake the Baby! Penguin Books

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • CBCA Awards History [1]


  1. ^ CBCA Guidelines for Publishers Archived February 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "CBCA - Book of the Year Awards 2018". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  3. ^ Convery, Stephanie; Harmon, Steph (2017-08-17). "Claire Zorn's grief-and-surfing story wins children's book of the year award". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  4. ^ Paek, Jooae. "Subject guides: Early Childhood Education: Children's Book Council of Australia". Retrieved 2017-08-18.