Exploring the 2016 CBCA Short List


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

Find richly-resourced classroom units of work in the five main award categories, with connections from English to Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Mathematics and Science, in PETAA’s annual Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Award Short List. Congratulations to all the shortlisted titles, to the category winners below, and to Robert Ingpen for the CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. See also CBCA Guides for all other years.

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Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet

The Cleo Stories book cover with children playing

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood
  Years 1–2  Sample


Book cover with boy in a the street of a bombed city

Morris Gleitzman
Years 5–6  Unit

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars

Molly in a tree with Pim below on book cover

Martine Murray
Years 3–4  Unit

Run, Pip, Run

A Boy and his dog running on the book cover

J C Jones
  Years 3–4 Unit

Sister Heart

Lours bordering an indigo background on cover

Sally Morgan
Years 5–6 Unit

Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master

Montage of a girl looming behind a ship at sea on cover

Emily Rodda
Years 4–6 Unit

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas

Pirahnas, one with a banana, on the cover

Aaron Blabey
Years F–1 Unit

Ollie and the Wind

Ollie flying over water, propeled by the umbrella he holds, on cover

Ronojoy Gosh
Years F–2 Unit

Mr Huff

Streetscape with a small boy and a very large Mr Huff

Anna Walker
Years F–2 Unit

My Dog Bigsy

A ginger and white dog (Bigsy) running against  turquoise fabric on cover

Alison Lester
Years F–1 Unit


Three kids and a cat walking on a fallen tree truck

Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood
Years F–1 Unit

The Cow Tripped over the Moon

An orbiting cow wearing red pants on the cover

Tony Wilson and Laura Wood
Years F–1 Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Ride, Ricardo, Ride!

Looking down ona boy on a bicycle on the street before passing soldiers, whose sillhouettes are on the ground by him

Phil Cummings and Shane Devries
Years 2–4 Unit

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Trench scene in warfare on cover

Bruce Whatley and Eric Bogle
Years 5–6


Charachters ona lunar-like plain on cover, with a black sky

Nadia Wheatley and Armin Greder
Years 3–5 Unit

My Dead Bunny

Boy in the foreground and a bunny in the light of an open door behind him

Sigi Cohen and James Foley
Years 5–6 Unit

Suri’s Wall

Suri runing his hands along the bricks of the wall on the cover

Lucy Estella and Matt Oatley
Years 2–4 Unit

One Step at a Time

A boy embracing the trunk of a baby elephant on the cover

Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich
Years 5–6 Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

We are the Rebels: the Men and Women who Made Eureka

Cover with matches, one lit and the original gold cross of the Eureka flag

Clare Wright
Years 5–6 Unit

The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake

War  snese form a soldier feeing an exploding vehicle

Peter Gouldthorpe
Years 5–6 Unit

Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Horse rider in sillhouette against an image of the harbour bridge

Stephanie Owen Reeder
Years 5–6 Unit

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made

Crying baby and an egg being fertilised by a sperm on the cover

Fiona Katauskas

Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs

Photogrpah of a group of First World War Soldiers on the cover

Robyn Siers and Carlie Walker
Year 6 Unit

Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Cover with illustatin of the stick insect by the shoreline of Lord Howe Island

Rohan Cleave and Carol Tulloch
Years 3–4 Unit

Book of The Year: Older Readers

A Single Stone

Portraint of a girl, part obscured, on book cover

Meg McKinley
Years 5–8 Unit

The Flywheel

Schematic in blue with night streetscape on book cover

Erin Gough
Hardie Grant Egmont

The Pause

Graphic of railway tracks with book title on cover

John Larkin
Penguin Books

Freedom Ride

Cover with graffiti style text and sillouhette of protesters with placards

Sue Walker
Walker Books

Inbetween Days

Cover with an outdoor screen against theh sky on which is projected the shadow of a couple

Vikki Wakefield
Text Publishing


A cloud emanating frm the open plams of a girl on the cover

Fiona Wood
Pan MacMillan

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade

A boy underwater on cover

Allison Colpoys and Davina Bell
Scribe (winner)

The Cat with the Coloured Tail

A flock of birds flying in aheart formation and the said cat on the cover

Dinalie Dabarera and Gillian Meares
Walker Books

Fish Jam

A Fish with a form like two musical instruments among fishy friends on the cover

Kylie Howarth
Five Mile Press

Meet Weary Dunlop

Sketch of Weary Dunlop on the cover

Jeremy Lord and Claire Saxby
Penguin Random House

My Gallipoli

Panels with sketched portraits of soldiers and nurses on the cover

Robert Hannaford and Ruth Starke
Harper Collins

Note that units were not produced for all but one of the older readers titles, as books were suitable only for mature readers. Units for the Crichton Award list were also not produced this year.


The 2016 PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

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