Teaching Units: CBCA Shortlist 2022

Every year, PETAA creates quality units of work on all primary-age books that are shortlisted for the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. These units are created by literacy experts, using evidence-based pedagogies and are designed with a busy classroom teacher in mind. They incorporate highlighted examples for close reading activities, as well as word recognition, phonic knowledge and spelling, plus a plethora of ways to use the book with your students for speaking, writing and creating. All activities are linked to the Australian Curriculum: English.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Sillhouette of a girl and rabbit under a tree at dusk on book cover for Aster's Good, Right Things

Dragon Skin

Karen Foxlee
Unit coming soon

The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel

Nicki Greenberg
Unit coming soon

A sillhouette of a girl and dog on a lookout ledge on the cover of the Book of Chance

Huda and Me

H. Hayek
Unit coming soon

A Glasshouse of Stars

Shirley Marr
Unit coming soon

Exit Through the Gift Shop 

Maryam Master and Astred Hicks
Unit coming soon

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief

Katrina Nannestad
Unit coming soon

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

When the Waterhole Dries Up

Kaye Baillie and Max Hamilton
Unit coming soon

What Do you Call Your Grandma? 

Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek
Unit coming soon

Walk of the Whales

Nick Bland
Unit coming soon

Amira's Suitcase

Vikki Conley and Nicky Johnston
Unit coming soon

Jetty Jumping   OPEN ACCESS UNIT

Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville
Unit: Years 1-2

Winston and the Indoor Cat

Leila Rudge
Unit: Years F-1

Picture Book of the Year

The Boy and the Elephant 

Freya Blackwood
Unit: Years 3-4

Blue Flower

Gabriel Evans and Sonya Harnett
Unit coming soon


James Foley
Unit coming soon

The Inheritance

Armin Greder
Unit coming soon

Just One Bee

Christopher Nielsen, Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini
Unit: Year 4


Jess Racklyeft and Claire Saxby
Unit coming soon

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Still Alive, Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System

Safdar Ahmed
Book review & related units

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature

Sami Bayly
Unit coming soon

Book of Curious Birds

Jennifer Cossins
Unit coming soon

Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest

Diane Lucas, Ben Tyler and Emma Long
Unit coming soon

The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples

Corey Tutt and Blak Douglas
Unit coming soon

Heroes, Rebels and Innovators

Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai
Unit: Years 5-6

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