Exploring the 2014 CBCA Short List

The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards


Classroom units of work with Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus links across the prize categories of Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Book of The Year: Older Readers* and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Reference the Introduction for advice on using the 2014 guide.

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*Note that PETAA felt that only one title in Older Readers was suitable for Primary use, resulting in just one classroom unit, which also comes with a note on strong language and the need for teacher discretion. More units for older readers can be found in Literature Singles.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Light Horse Boy
Book cover for Light Horse Boy

Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds
Years 6–8 Sample

Song for a Scarlet Runner
Book cover showing a girl with red hair and a cat

Julie Hunt
Years 6–8 Unit

Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend
Book cover featuring title and protagonist (Violet Mackerel)

Anna Branford and Sarah Davis
  Years 2–4 Unit

My Life as an Alphabet
Book cover showing a girl with sunglasses

Barry Jonsberg
Years 6–8 Unit

City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit
A Very Unusual Pursuit book cover linked to unit of work

Catherine Jinks
Years 6–8 Unit

Activities in units from Foundation to Year 8 with links to content descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: English, Art, Geography, History, Mathematics and Science.

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Granny Grommet and Me

Dianne Wolfer & Karen Blair
Years F–2 Sample

Kissed by the Moon
Book cover with a mother and child looking out to a purple night sky and yellow full moon
Alison Lester
Years F and 1 Unit

The Swap
The Swap book cover depicting a street scene, linked to unit of work

Jan Ormerond and Andrew Joyner
Years F–1 Unit

Baby Bedtime
Cover with an elephant and baby
Mem Fox and Emma Quay
Foundation Unit

Banjo and Ruby Red
Book cover with a dog (Banjo) and a hen (Ruby) looking at one another
Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood
Years F–1 Unit

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
Cover featuring Dinosaur on the ground getting dirty under title
Janeen Brian and Ann James
Foundation
Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Silver Buttons


Bob Graham
Years 3–5 Sample

Rules of Summer
Rules of Summer cover linked to unit of work for members

Shaun Tan
Years 5–6 Unit

The Treasure Box
Book cover showing a seated figure under a tree in wind

Freya Blackwood and Margaret Wild
Years 4–6 Unit

King Pig
Book cover depicting a Royal pig

Nick Bland
  Years 1–2 Unit

Parachute
Book cover showing a platform in a tall tree

Matt Ottley and Danny Parker
Years 4–5 Unit

The Windy Farm
Book cover with animals amidst a wind storm

Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith
Years 2–3 Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Yoko's Diary
Book cover with a young girl and cherry blossom

Editor Paul Ham
Years 5–6 Sample

Welcome to My Country


Laklak and Family
Year 5–6 Unit

Jandamarra
Book cover featuring a young man on horseback

Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton
Years 5–6
Unit

Jeremy
eremy book cover linked to unit of work

Christopher Faille and  Danny Snell
Years F–2 Unit

Ice, Wind, Rock: Douglas Mawson in the Antarctic
Book cover depicting a man in the Antarctic
Peter Gouldthorpe
Years 5–6 Unit

Meet Captain Cook
Book cover with cartoon depiction of Captain Cook looking through a telescope
Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon
Years 3–4 Unit

Book of The Year: Older readers

The Sky so Heavy
Book cover with a group of four people under a dark cloudy sky

Claire Zorn
Years 7–8 Sample

Life in Outer Space
Book cover with title and reader floating in space

Melissa Keil
Hardie Grant Young Adult

The First Third
Illustated book cover

Will Kostakis
Penguin Books Young Adult

Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Cover featuring a girl in a meadow holding a rabbit

Allyse Near
Random House Young Adult

The Incredible Here and Now
Book cover with a young man's gaze from within a car

Felicity Castagna
Giramondo Young Adult

Wildlife
Wildlife book cover linked to publisher's page and teaching resources

Fiona Wood
Pan Macmillan Young Adult

Chrichton Award for New Illustrators

Note that a number of units in the Younger Readers category above are suitable for older readers. Also find more units for older readers in PETAA’s Literature Singles

Big Red Kangaroo
Big Red Kangaroo book cover linked to unit of work
Graham Byrne and Claire Saxby
Years 2–4 Unit

The Bloodhound Boys
Book cover with a group of characters on the run and blood drips
Andrew Cranna
Years 5–6 Unit

I've an Uncle Ivan
Book cover with a van with signage: 'Ivan's Pies

Ben Sanders
Years F–1 Unit

The Nerdy Birdy
Nerdy Birdy book cover featuring a bespectacled canary
David Snowdon and Danielle Wheeldon
Years 2–3 Unit

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