Exploring the 2020 CBCA shortlist

Watch this space for richly-resourced, high quality classroom units of work in five of the award categories, with connections from English across the curriculum. You can also this year view the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist announcement video. About the unit writers.

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Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Litle Wave book cover

The Little Wave

Pip Harry
Years 3–4 Unit  (free sample)

The Thing about Oliver, book cover

The Thing About Oliver

Deborah Kelly
Years 5–6 Unit

Magnolia Moon book cover

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Edwina Wyatt and Katherine Quinn
Years 3–4 Unit

The Dog Runner, book cover

The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble
Years 5–6 Unit

Catch a Falling Star, Book cover

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay
Years 5–6 Unit

The Glimme, book cover

The Glimme

Emily Rodda and Marc McBride
Years 5–6 Unit

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

We're Stuck! book cover

We’re Stuck!

Sue deGennaro
Years F–2 Unit

One Runaway Rabbit, book cover

One Runaway Rabbit

David Metzenthen and Mairead Murphy
Years F–1 Unit

Bat vs Poss, book cover

Bat Vs Poss

Alex Moses and Anil Tortop
Years 1–2 Unit

When Billy was a Dog

Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair
Years F–2 Unit

My Friend Fred, book cover

My Friend Fred

Frances Watts and A Yi
Years F–1 Unit

Goodbye House, Hello House, cover

Goodbye House, Hello House

Margaret Wild and Ann James
Years F–2 Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Hello Lighthouse, book cover

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall
Years 3–4 Unit

Nop, book cover


Caroline Magerl
Years F–2 Unit 

I need a Parrot, book cover

I NEED a parrot

Chris McKimmie
Years F–2 Unit

Three, book cover


Stephen Michael King
Years 3–4 Unit

The Good Son, cover

The Good Son

Pierre-Jacques Ober, Felicity Coonan and Jules Ober
Years 5–6 Unit

Tilly, book cover


James Goodwin and Anna Walker
Years 2–3 Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

The Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals

Sami Bayley
Years 4–5 Unit

Searching for Cicadas, book cover

Searching for Cicadas

Lesley Gibbs and Judy Watson
Years 3–4 Unit  

A Hollow is a Home, book cover

A Hollow is a Home

Abbie Mitchell and Astred Hicks
Years 5-6 Unit 

Wilam: A Birrarung Story, cover

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly and Lisa Kennedy
Years 2–3 Unit 

Young Drak Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe
Years 5–6 Unit 

Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

Yahoo Creek: An Australian Mystery

Tohby Riddle
Years 4–5 Unit 

Book of The Year: Older Readers

The Boy Who Steals Houses cover

The Boy Who Steals Houses

C G Drews

How it Feels to Float book cover

How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox
Pan MacMillan

Ghost Bird front cover

Ghost Bird

Lisa Fuller

When the Ground is Hard cover

When the Ground is Hard

Malla Nun
Allen & Unwin

Four Dead Queens book cover

Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte
Allen & Unwin

This is how we change the ending, book cover

This is How We Change the Ending

Vikki Wakefield
Text Publishing

CBCA Award for New Illustrators

Louie and Snippy Save the Sea, cover

Louie and Snippy: Save the Sea

 Grant Cowan with text by Collette Dinningan
Berbay Books

Paper Boy, cover

Paper Boy

Bethany Macdonald with text by Danny Parker
Dirt Lane Press

Fly, book cover


Jess McGeachin
Penguin Random House

Cooee Mittigar Cover

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

Leanne Mulgo Watson with text by Jasmine Seymour
Magabala Books

Baby Business cover

Baby Business

Jasmine Seymore
Magabala Books

Little Bird's Day, book cover

Little Bird’s Day

Johnny Warrkatje Malibirr with text by Sally Morgan
Magaballa Books

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