2022 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS
The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough
Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn
Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS
Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee
Huda and Me by H. Hayek

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Iceberg by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
The Inheritance by Armin Greder

EVE POWNALL AWARD
Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler, illustrated by Emma Long

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR
A Trip to the Hospital by Freda Chiu
Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler, illustrated by Emma Long

The Children's Book Council of Australia is a not for profit organisation that aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The annual awards have been running since 1946 and are Australia's most prestigious awards for children's books.

The CBCA Book of the Year winners and honour books will be announced on Friday 19 August.  

The rest of the shortlist and more information can be found here.

Terciel and Elinor

by Garth Nix

Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

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Dragon Skin

by Karen Foxlee

From the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything comes a magical tale about a girl who saves a dragon and rescues her family.

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A Trip to the Hospital

by Freda Chiu

A children's book that explores all the amazing things that happen inside a children's hospital and gives thanks to the many hardworking people that help keep us safe and well.

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The Inheritance

by Armin Greder

A provocative call-to-arms to economic leaders to change course and better protect our planet and its people, presented in words and pictures by the multi-award-winning creator of The Island and The Mediterranean.

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Sugar Town Queens

by Malla Nunn

From the award-winning author of the CBCA shortlisted When the Ground Is Hard, comes a stunning portrait of a family divided and an uplifting story of how friendship saves and heals.

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Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest

by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler, illustrated by Emma Long

Walk with us through one of the Top End's magnificent monsoon forests, in Kakadu National Park, learning about the plants, animals and Kundjeyhmi culture along the way.

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Huda and Me

by H. Hayek

A cheeky, fun and fast-moving tale of two Lebanese-Australian kids who decide to escape their horrible babysitter by running away…to the other side of the world.

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Tiger Daughter

by Rebecca Lim

Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, the CBCA shortlisted Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices novel about growing up Asian in Australia.

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The Boy from the Mish

by Gary Lonesborough

A funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

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Iceberg

by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft

An iceberg is born into spring and travels through the seasons before dying in a new spring. A stunning, lyrical story for our times, from renowned picture book creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft.

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