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Children's Book of the Year Award: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Presented by Children's Book Council of Australia
Country Australia
First awarded 1988

The Children's Book of the Year Award: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books was first presented in 1988, when the award was financed by Eve Pownall's family. Since 1993 it has been awarded annually by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA).

The Award "will be made to outstanding books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. As general guidelines, the judges may consider the relative success of the book in balancing and harmonising the following elements:

  • style of language and presentation;
  • graphic excellence;
  • clarity, appropriateness and aesthetic appeal of illustration;
  • integration of text, graphics and illustration to engage interest and enhance understanding;
  • overall design of the book to facilitate the presentation of information;
  • accuracy with regard to the current state of knowledge."

Award winners


Year Author Title Publisher
2020 Bruce Pascoe Young Dark Emu: A truer history Magabala Books


Year Author Title Publisher
2019 Coral Vass, illus. Dub Leffler Sorry Day NLA Publishing
2018 Idan Ben-Barak, illus. Julian Frost Do Not Lick This Book Allen & Unwin
2017 Gina M. Newton Amazing Animals of Australia's National Parks NLA Publishing
2016 Stephanie Owen Reeder Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony NLA Publishing
2015 Simon Barnard A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land Text Publishing
2014 Christopher Faille, illus. Danny Snell Jeremy Working Title Press
2013 Kristin Weidenbach, illus. Timothy Ide Tom the Outback Mailman Lothian Children's Books, Hachette Australia
2012 Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island Penguin Group (Australia)
2011 Ursula Dubosarsky, illus. Tohby Riddle The Return of the Word Spy Viking Books
2010 Peter Macinnis Australian Backyard Explorer National Library of Australia


Year Author Title Publisher
2009 Lincoln Hall Alive in the Death Zone Random House
2008 Frances Watts, illus. David Legge Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books ABC Books
2007 Mark Norman The Penguin Book: Birds in Suits Black Dog Books
2006 Leon Davidson Scarecrow Army: The ANZACS at Gallipoli Black Dog Books
2005 Jackie French with Bryan Sullivan, illus. Gus Gordon To the Moon and Back: The Amazing Australians at the Forefront of Space Travel Plus Fantastic Moon Facts HarperCollins
2004 John Nicholson Animal Architects Allen & Unwin
2003 Allan Tucker Iron in the Blood: Convicts and Commandants in Colonial Australia Omnibus Books
2002 Papunya School Publishing Committee Papunya School Book of Country and History Allen & Unwin
2001 Dyan Blacklock, illus. David Kennett Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece Omnibus Books
2000 John Nicholson Fishing for Islands: Traditional Boats and Seafarers of the Pacific Allen & Unwin


Year Author Title Publisher
1999 John Marsden, illus. Shaun Tan The Rabbits Lothian
1998 John Nicholson A Home Among the Gum Trees: The Story of Australian Houses Allen & Unwin
1997 Gordon Cheers and Julie Silk, illus. Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Killer Plants and How to Grow Them Puffin Books
1996 John Nicholson The First Fleet: A New Beginning in an Old Land Allen & Unwin
1995 Robert E. Stewart New Faces: The Complete Book of Alternative Pets Agmedia
1994 Patricia Mullins V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals Margaret Hamilton
1993 Gracie Greene and Joe Tramacchi, illus. Lucille Gill Tjarany Roughtail: The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories told by the Kukatja Magabala


Year Author Title Publisher
1988 Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins My Place Collins Dove
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