Exploring the 2015 CBCA Short List

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

In the 70th Anniversary Year of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, PETAA has again created richly-resourced classroom units of work for winning and shortlisted books in the prize categories of the annual CBCA awards, with links from English to Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Mathematics and Science. Materials were updated to v8.1 of the Australian Curriculum in February 2016. (Note that five titles with links to publisher’s pages were deemed suitable only for mature readers.)  See also CBCA Guides for all other years.

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Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Two Wolves
 Boy running and house in mist at night on cover

Tristan Bancks
Years 5–7 Sample

The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and The Present

A girl up a tree and one below on book cover

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood
Years 1–2 Unit

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand out in the Rain

The book title and a whale on the cover

Stephen Herrick
Years 5–7 Unit

The Simple Things

Drawing of a boy fishing on a pier on cover

Bill Condon and Beth Norling
Years 3–4 Unit

Figgy in the World

Illustration with a girl and a goat and pathways on the cover

Tamsan Janu
Years 3–5 Unit


A girl on a pier with iron lattice work on cover

Judith Rossel
Years 4–6 Unit

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Pig the Pug

Perplexed pug dog on book cover

Aaron Blabey
Years F–2 Unit

Scary Night

Night scene with a pig and bats on cover

Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King
Years F–2 Unit

Go to Sleep, Jessie!

Go to Sleep Jessie cover

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood
Years F–2 Unit

Snail and Turtle are Friends

A snail riding on a turtl on the book cover

Stephen Michael King
Years F–2

Noni the Pony goes to the Beach

Pony and dog frolicking inthe waves on the cover

Alison Lester
Years F–2

A House of Her Own

A house on a tree top reached by a spiral of steps on the cover

Jenny Hughes and Jonathon Bentley
Years F–2 Unit

Picture Book of the Year

The Duck and the Darklings

Duck with a candle on its head on the cover

Stephen Michael King and Glenda Millard
Years 4–5 Unit

My two Blankets

Girls beneath a shared umbrella on the cover

Freya Blackwood and Irina Kobald
Years 2–3


Man and girl in a boat on a river on the cover

Trace Balla
Year 4 

One Minute’s Silence

Book cover with an ANZAC and Turkish soldiers faces close

Michael Camilleri and David Metzenthen
Years 5–6

The Stone Lion

Angry Stone Line on a plinth bearing the book title on the cover

Ritva Voutila and Margaret Wild
Years 5–6 Unit


Sulphur crested cockatoo escaping flames on cover

Bruce Whatley and Jackie French
Years 4–5

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land

Soldiers, settlers, Aboriginal people and convicts on the cover

Simon Banard
Years 4–5 Unit

Mary's Australia: How Mary Mackillop Changed Australia

A photogrpah of Mary Mackillop and illustration on cover

Pamela Freeman
Years 5–6 Unit


In your face emu on cover

Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne
Years 2–3

Tea and Sugar Christmas

Girl holding a gift and a steam train arriving on cover

Jane Jolley and Robert Ingpen
Years 3–4 Unit

Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia

Tiled montage of portraits and images on cover

Demet Divaroren and Amra Pajalic (eds)
Allen & Unwin

Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime

A soldier carrying a wounded comrade on cover

Carlie Walker and Brett Hatherly
Years 5–6 Unit

Book of The Year: Older Readers

Are You Seeing Me?

Graphical cover featuring a car and octopus tentacles

Darren Groth
Years 7–8 Unit

Nona & Me

Watercolour colour blocks and faint images of girls on the cover

Clare Atkins
Black Inc

The Minnow

Painting of undersea images on cover

Diana Sweeney
Text publishing

The Intruder

Girl on a fence on book cover

Christine Bongers
Years 7–8 Unit

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Cartoon cover with Cinamon girl

Melissa Keil
Hardie Grant

The Protected

Graphic sillhouetes in cover

Claire Zorn

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

The Lost Girl

A girl and footsteps behind her walking in the desert by a tree

Leanne Tobin and Ambelin Kwaymullina
Years 1–3

One Minute's Silence

Cover depicting Turkish and Australian soldiers

Michael Camilleri and David Metzenthen
Years 5–6

Little Dog and the Christmas Wish

Dog mounting the steps of a terrace house lit at night time

Robin Cowcher and Corinne Fenton
Years F–1 Unit

Meet Douglas Mawson

Cover with sketch of balaclava-wearing Maswon

Snip Green and Mike Dumbleton
Years 5–6 Unit


Man and girl in a boat on a river on the cover

Trace Balla
Year 4 Unit

Kick with My Left Foot

Cartoon of a kid kicking a football with his dog watching

Karen Briggs and Paul Seden
Years F–2 Unit

The 2015 PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

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