CBCA Guides

Exploring the CBCA Book of the Year Awards

The annual PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the shortlisted titles in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, provide a modern, contextual literary journey for you and your students to explore some very special books.

View, download or buy hard copy versions of CBCA Guides from previous years. Also find more curriculum based units of work in the Literature Singles collection, or from all collections on the Units of Work: Find by Year page. Note that members need to log in to see the full list of units in CBCA guides, and non-members who have purchased access to units, should access the guides directly, from links below.


Exploring the 2017 CBCA Short List

Discover quality PETAA classroom units across the prize categories for 2017, with connections from English to Arts (Visual arts and Drama), Humanities and Social Sciences (History and Geography), Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technologies.


Thumbnail images of Sister Heart, Pirahanas in PJs, Sus’s Wall and We are Rebels

Find classroom units of work all the shortlisted books for the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards with links to teach across the curriculum from English, to HASS, Mathematics, Art, HPE and Science.


Thumbnail images of book covers from prize categories

Rich resources in curriculum-based classroom units of work from Foundation to Years 7 and 8 for books in six prize categories, including links from English to Geography, History, Mathematics and Science. 2015 Guide >


Rich learning in a collection of units from Foundation to Year 8 that together cover 160 content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: English with links also to Art, Geography, History, Mathematics and Science. 2014 Guide >


Row of book cover thumbnails from 2013 CBCA Short List

Units of work across year levels linked to the Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus for Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. 2013 Guide >


Units of work across all five categories of the CBCA Awards Short List for PETAA members or purchase, with a sample open access unit of work in each prize category. The first digital version of the guide. 2012 Guide >


Image of 2011 Guide cover

Download the 2011 Guide below (.pdf 2.6 MB) or purchase a hard copy version .


Image of 2010 CBCA Guide cover

Download the 2010 Guide below (.pdf 1.8 MB) or purchase a hard copy version.


Image of 2009 CBCA Guide cover

Download the 2009 Guide below (.pdf 2.8 MB) or purchase a hard copy version.

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