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Aurealis Award for best children's fiction
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
Continuum Foundation
Country Australia
First awarded 2013 (merging two previous categories)
Currently held by Bren MacDibble

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers". To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between 1 January and 31 December of the corresponding year; the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young adult fiction—with separate awards for novels and short fiction—collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's books, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction. The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists. Ties can occur if the panel decides both entries show equal merit, however they are encouraged to choose a single winner. The judges may declare a "no award" if there is unanimous agreement that none of the nominees are worthy. The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best children's fiction category which replaces the following two previous categories for children's fiction:

In 2013, this award was known as the Aurealis Award for best children's book.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the work's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list. If the work was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Work(s) Publisher Ref
2013 Murray, KirstyKirsty Murray* The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie Allen & Unwin
2013 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody Kingdom of the Lost, book 2: Cloud Road Penguin Books Australia
2013 French, JackieJackie French Refuge HarperCollins
2013 Hunt, JulieJulie Hunt Song for a scarlet runner Allen & Unwin
2013 Tan, ShaunShaun Tan Rules of Summer Hachette Australia
2013 Tanner, LianLian Tanner Icebreaker: The Hidden 1 Allen & Unwin
2014 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson* Shadow Sister: Dragonkeeper 5 Black Dog Books
2014 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband 4 Random House Australia
2014 Foxlee, KarenKaren Foxlee Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy Hot Key Books
2014 Jorgensen, NormanNorman Jorgensen & James Foley The Last Viking Returns Fremantle Press
2014 Rossell, JudithJudith Rossell Withering-by-Sea ABC Books
2014 Tanner, LianLian Tanner Sunker's Deep Allen & Unwin
2015 McKinlay, MegMeg McKinlay* A Single Stone Walker Books Australia
2015 Banks, AngelicaAngelica Banks A Week Without Tuesday Allen & Unwin
2015 Heath, JackJack Heath The Cut-Out Allen & Unwin
2015 McKinlay, MegMeg McKinlay Bella and the Wandering House Fremantle Press
2015 Tait, A. L.A. L. Tait The Mapmaker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk Hachette Australia
2016 Kane, KimKim Kane* When the Lyrebird Calls Allen & Unwin
2016 Banks, AngelicaAngelica Banks Blueberry Pancakes Forever Allen & Unwin
2016 Battersby, LeeLee Battersby Magrit Walker Books Australia
2016 Crisp, CalebCaleb Crisp Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket Bloomsbury
2016 Elliott, MickMick Elliott The Turners Hachette Australia
2016 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda The Hungry Isle Omnibus Books
2017 Townsend, JessicaJessica Townsend* Nevermoor Hachette Australia
2017 MacDibble, BrenBren MacDibble How to Bee Allen & Unwin
2017 Moriarty, JaclynJaclyn Moriarty The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone Allen & Unwin
2017 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda The Shop at Hoopers Bend HarperCollins Australia
2017 Sandhu, JoJo Sandhu The Exile Penguin Random House Australia
2017 Tanner, LianLian Tanner Accidental Heroes Allen & Unwin
2018 Russon, PenniPenni Russon* The Endsister Allen & Unwin
2018 Lim, RebeccaRebecca Lim The Relic of the Blue Dragon Allen & Unwin
2018 Moriarty, JaclynJaclyn Moriarty The Slightly Alarming Tales of the Whispering Wars Allen & Unwin
2018 Tanner, LianLian Tanner Secret Guardians Allen & Unwin
2018 Wang, GabrielleGabrielle Wang Ting Ting the Ghosthunter Penguin Random House Australia
2018 Williams, RhiannonRhiannon Williams Ottilie Cotter and the Narroway Hunt Hardie Grant Egmont
2019 MacDibble, BrenBren MacDibble The Dog Runner Allen & Unwin
2019 Kaufman, AmieAmie Kaufman Scorch Dragons HarperCollins
2019 Lim, RebeccaRebecca Lim Race for the Red Dragon Allen & Unwin
2019 McRitchie, RebeccaRebecca McRitchie, (Sharon O'Connor, illustrator) Jinxed! the Curious Curse of Cora Bell HarperCollins
2019 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda, (Marc McBride, illustrator) The Glimme Scholastic
2019 Waugh, HeatherHeather Waugh The Lost Stone of SkyCity Fremantle Press
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