CBCA Guides

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.

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While our writers are underway producing high quality classroom units of work in 2020 award categories, making connections from English across the curriculum, you can view the guide page with the short list here and watch for units as they are released. You can also this year view the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist announcement video below.

2019

Exploring the 2019 CBCA Shortlist

Bring the sweep of Australian lives and stories to your classroom. Explore the 2019 list with rich classroom units of work in the year of the book week theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’.

2018

Exploring the 2018 CBCA Short List

Units of work for Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books — with links from English to The Arts (Drama and Visual Arts), HASS (Geography, History, Researching), Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Science. Find your treasure in 2018 CBCA shortlisted books.

2017

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.

2016

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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.

2015

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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 >

2014


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 >

2013

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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 >

2012


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 >

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

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