Exploring the 2018 CBCA Short List

Richly-resourced, high quality classroom units of work in five of the award categories, with connections across the curriculum, in our annual Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Award Short List. Find units below for Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books — with links in the guide from English to The Arts (Drama and Visual Arts), HASS (Geography, History, Researching), Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Science.

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Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The Elephant book cover

The Elephant

Peter Carnavas
Years 3 and 4 Sample

How to Bee book cover

How to Bee

Bren MacDibble
Years 3 and 4 Unit

WINNER

Henrietta and the Perfect Night

Henrietta and the Perfect Night

Martine Murray
Years 1 and 2 Unit

Marsh and Me

Marsh and Me

Martine Murray
Years 3 and 4 Unit

The Shop at Hoopers Bend

The Shop at Hoopers Bend

Emily Rodda
Years 3 and 4 Unit

The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

Lisa Shanahan
Years 3 and 4 Unit

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Rodney Loses IT!

Rodney Loses It!

Bauer, Michael Gerard and Chrissie Krebs
Years F–2 Unit

WINNER

Bot in Viking costume on Boy cover

Boy

Phil Cummings and Shane Devries
Years 1 and 2 Unit

I’m Australian Too book cover

I’m Australian Too

Mem Fox and Ronojoy Gosh
Years 1 and 2  Unit

The Second Sky book cover

The Second Sky

Patrick Guest and Jonathon Bently
Years F–2  Unit

The Very Noisy Baby book cover

The Very Noisy Baby

Alison Lester
Years F and 1 Unit

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee cover

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee

Lisa Shanahan and Binny
Years 1 and 2  Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Wharf scene with passenger ship on the cover of Ten Pound Pom

Ten Pound Pom

Liz Aneli and Carole Wilkinson
Years 5 and 6  Unit

The Great Rabbit Chase cover

The Great Rabbit Chase

Freya Blackwood
Years 1–2  Unit

Mopoke cover with owl

Mopoke

Philip Bunting
Years F–1  Unit

A Walk in the Bush cover

A Walk in the Bush

Gwyn Perkins
Years F–1 Unit

WINNER

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Anne Spudvilas
Years 5 and 6  Unit

Florette

Florette

Anna Walker
Years 1–2  Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Do Not Lick This Book cover

Do Not Lick This Book

Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost
Years 5 and 6 Unit

WINNER

M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet cover

M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet

John Dickon and Bern Emmerichs
Years 5 and 6 Unit

Left and Right cover

Left and Right

Lorna Hendry
Years 5 and 6 Unit

The Big Book of Antarctica

The Big Book of Antarctica

Charles Hope
Years 3 and 4 Unit

Amazing Australians in their Flying Machines

Amazing Australians in their Flying Machines

Pru and Kerry Mason and Tom Jellet
Years 5 and 6  Unit

Koala

Koala

Claire Saxby and Julie Vivas
Years 2 and 3 Unit

Book of The Year: Older Readers

Mallee boys cover

Mallee Boys

Charlie Archibald
Wakefield Press

In the Dark Spaces

In the Dark Spaces

Cally Black
Hardie Grant Egmont

Take Three Girls book cover

Take Three Girls

Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood
Pan Macmillan

WINNER

Because of You book cover

Because of You

Pip Harry
UQP

The Secret Science of Magic cover

The Secret Science of Magic

Melissa Keil
Hardie Grant Egmont

Ballad for a Mad Girl book cover

Ballad for a Mad Girl

Vikki Wakefield
Text Publishing

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

Can you find me? book cover

Can You Find Me?

Patrick Shirvington
New Frontier Publishing

I Just Ate My Friend book cover

I Just Ate My Friend

Heidi McKinnon
Allen and Unwin

Mopoke book cover

Mopoke

Philip Bunting
Omnibus Books

Once Upon an ABC book cover

Once Upon an ABC

Christopher Nielsen, Text Sophie Masson
Hardie Grant Egmont

The Sloth Who Came to Stay book cover

The Sloth Who Came to Stay

Vivienne To, Text Margaret Wild
Allen and Unwin

Tintinnabula book cover

Tintinnabula

Rovina Cai, Text Margo Lanagan
Hardie Grant Egmont

WINNER


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