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Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers
Presented by Children's Book Council of Australia
Country Australia
First awarded 1982

The Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers has been presented annually since 1982 by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). Note: from 1982 to 1986 this award was titled Junior Book of the Year.

The Award "will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama, poetry or concept books for readers who have developed independent reading skills but are still developing in literary appreciation. Generally, books in this category will be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years."

Award winners

The most awarded author is Emily Rodda, with six awards.


Year Author Title Publisher
1982 Mattingley, ChristobelChristobel Mattingley, illus. Patricia Mullins Rummage Angus and Robertson
1983 Klein, RobinRobin Klein, illus. Alison Lester Thing Oxford University Press
1984 Dann, MaxMax Dann, illus. Ann James Bernice Knows Best Oxford University Press
1985 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda, illus. Noela Young Something Special Angus and Robertson
1986 Steele, MaryMary Steele Arkwright Hyland House
1987 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda, illus. Noela Young Pigs Might Fly Angus and Robertson
1988 Wheatley, NadiaNadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins My Place Collins Dove
1989 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda, illus. Noela Young Best-Kept Secret, TheThe Best-Kept Secret Angus and Robertson


Year Author Title Publisher
1990 Adams, JeanieJeanie Adams Pigs and Honey Omnibus Books
1991 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda, illus. Noela Young Finders Keepers Omnibus Books
1992 Fienburg, AnnaAnna Fienburg, illus. Kim Gamble Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels, TheThe Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels Allen & Unwin
1993 Disher, GarryGarry Disher Bamboo Flute, TheThe Bamboo Flute Angus & Robertson
1994 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda Rowan of Rin Omnibus Books
1995 Orr, WendyWendy Orr, illus. Kerry Millard Ark in the Park HarperCollins
1996 Moloney, JamesJames Moloney Swashbuckler University of Queensland Press
1997 Gleeson, LibbyLibby Gleeson, illus. Ann James Hannah Plus One Puffin Books
1998 Forrestal, ElaineElaine Forrestal Someone Like Me Puffin Books
1999 McDonald, MemeMeme McDonald and Boori Pryor My Girragundji Allen & Unwin


Year Author Title Publisher
2000 French, JackieJackie French Hitler's Daughter HarperCollins
2001 Kidd, DianaDiana Kidd Two Hands Together Penguin Books
2002 Heffernan, JohnJohn Heffernan, illus. Andrew McLean My Dog Margaret Hamilton Books
2003 Bateson, CatherineCatherine Bateson Rain May and Captain Daniel University of Queensland Press
2004 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
2005 Hartnett, SonyaSonya Hartnett Silver Donkey, TheThe Silver Donkey Viking Books
2006 Fensham, ElizabethElizabeth Fensham Helicopter Man Bloomsbury Press
2007 Bateson, CatherineCatherine Bateson Being Bee University of Queensland Press
2008 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Dragon Moon Black Dog Books
2009 Millard, GlendaGlenda Millard, illus. Stephen Michael King Perry Angel's Suitcase ABC Books


Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2010 Hirsch, OdoOdo Hirsch Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool Allen & Unwin
2011 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody Red Wind, TheThe Red Wind Viking Books
2012 Constable, KateKate Constable Crow Country Allen & Unwin
2013 Hartnett, SonyaSonya Hartnett Children of the King, TheThe Children of the King Viking Books
2014 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit Allen & Unwin
2015 Gleeson, LibbyLibby Gleeson Cleo Stories : The Necklace and the Present, TheThe Cleo Stories : The Necklace and the Present Allen & Unwin
2016 Gleitzman, MorrisMorris Gleitzman Soon Viking Books
2017 Balla, TraceTrace Balla Rockhopping Allen & Unwin '
2018 MacDibble, BrenBren MacDibble How to Bee Allen & Unwin
2019 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda His Name Was Walter HarperCollins


Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2020 Harry, PipPip Harry Little Wave, TheThe Little Wave University of Queensland Press
2021 Gordon, KateKate Gordon Aster's Good, Right Things Riveted Press '
2022 Marr, ShirleyShirley Marr Glasshouse of Stars, AA Glasshouse of Stars Puffin
2023 Silvey, CraigCraig Silvey Runt Allen & Unwin

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