Children’s Book of the Year winners 2020

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Children's Book of the Year Winners 2020

If you’re on the hunt for your little book worm’s next great read, look no further than the stories that have just been honoured in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

A record number of more than 500 unique entries were submitted into the 2020 awards, which were this year postponed foR the first time in their 75 year history, due to Covid restrictions. The awards also officially launches Book Week 2020 with its theme of Curious Creatures.

In a year like no other, the awards have recognised thought-provoking and uplifting stories that showcase young people taking on all challenges.

 Younger Readers Book of The Year

The Little Wave Book of the Year

The Little Wave by Pip Harry

The story of three primary school kids from the beach and the outback who find support in each other. Three very different kids who find not only each other but themselves.

Early Childhood Book of the Year

My Friend Fred Book of the Year

My Friend Fred by Frances Watts 

Animals are no stranger to the early childhood category, and this adorable book about a loveable but exuberant dachshund and his quieter housemate is a sweet tale with a surprise ending.

Picture Book of the Year

I Need a Parrot Book of the Year


I Need a Parrot by Chris McKimmie

A book of few words and simple illustrations with a deeper meaning for tots to ponder. A story of a child wanting what a child wants, and a wild bird’s needs.

The Eve Pownall Award

Young Dark Emu Book of the Year

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe 

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe’s multi-award winner, the CBCA judges said, “this beautifully produced book presents a powerful argument debunking the notion of Terra Nullius which positioned Indigenous Australians as nomadic hunter-gatherers.”

New Illustrator of the Year

Baby Business Book of the Year

Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour

The story of a smoking ceremony that welcomes a baby to the country, the judges were struck by Jasmine Seymour’s depiction of smoke and her use of line, texture, and colour to represent culture.

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