The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) formed in 1945 and is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation that aims to engage young Australians with literature. The CBCA run a yearly awards ceremony, rewarding children’s books for literary merit and outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.
When the CBCA was first founded, Australian children’s books were few, and authors and illustrators were fairly unknown. Now in 2017 the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards are announced, and it’s a whole different ball game as the event now gets global recognition for Australian authors.
The categories are split to encompass all young Australian readers, and this year’s winners in each category are as follows:
The Eve Pownell Award for Information Books
Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony – Stephanie Owen Reeder
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect – Rohan Cleave
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs- Robyn Siers and Carlie Walker