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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
2020 Pip Harry The Little Wave University of Queensland Press


Year Author Title Publisher
2019 Emily Rodda His Name Was Walter HarperCollins
2018 Bren MacDibble How to Bee Allen & Unwin
2017 Trace Balla Rockhopping Allen & Unwin
2016 Morris Gleitzman Soon Viking Books
2015 Libby Gleeson The Cleo StoriesĀ : The Necklace and the Present Allen & Unwin
2014 Catherine Jinks City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit Allen & Unwin
2013 Sonya Hartnett The Children of the King Viking Books
2012 Kate Constable Crow Country Allen & Unwin
2011 Isobelle Carmody The Red Wind Viking Books
2010 Odo Hirsch Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool Allen & Unwin


Year Author Title Publisher
2009 Glenda Millard, illus. Stephen Michael King Perry Angel's Suitcase ABC Books
2008 Carole Wilkinson Dragon Moon Black Dog Books
2007 Catherine Bateson Being Bee University of Queensland Press
2006 Elizabeth Fensham Helicopter Man Bloomsbury Press
2005 Sonya Hartnett The Silver Donkey Viking Books
2004 Carole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
2003 Catherine Bateson Rain May and Captain Daniel University of Queensland Press
2002 John Heffernan, illus. Andrew McLean My Dog Margaret Hamilton Books
2001 Diana Kidd Two Hands Together Penguin Books
2000 Jackie French Hitler's Daughter HarperCollins


Year Author Title Publisher
1999 Meme McDonald and Boori Pryor My Girragundji Allen & Unwin
1998 Elaine Forrestal Someone Like Me Puffin Books
1997 Libby Gleeson, illus. Ann James Hannah Plus One Puffin Books
1996 James Moloney Swashbuckler University of Queensland Press
1995 Wendy Orr, illus. Kerry Millard Ark in the Park HarperCollins
1994 Emily Rodda Rowan of Rin Omnibus Books
1993 Garry Disher The Bamboo Flute Angus & Robertson
1992 Anna Fienburg, illus. Kim Gamble The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels Allen & Unwin
1991 Emily Rodda, illus. Noela Young Finders Keepers Omnibus Books
1990 Jeanie Adams Pigs and Honey Omnibus Books


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