2024 CBCA Book Of The Year Awards Notables List Announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) proudly announces their 2024 Book of the Year Notables, a longlist of quality Australian children’s literature published throughout 2023.


For parents and librarians eager to fuel the love for reading in children, this list is a goldmine. Each title on the Notables list has been carefully crafted to captivate young imaginations, making it easier than ever to find the perfect read tailored to a child’s interests and preferences. Teachers and librarians, take note — this diverse array of stories offers invaluable guidance in curating collections that inspire and delight.

The CBCA applauds the incredible talent behind these stories — from writers and illustrators to publishers — for their dedication to crafting narratives that resonate deeply with young readers. Every book on the list is a testament to the high standards of storytelling and illustration in Australian children’s literature. With themes ranging from family and community to friendship and beyond, these books offer young readers a rich tapestry of experiences to explore.

In particular, the non-fiction category shines brightly this year, showcasing exceptional production values and a strong focus on engaging readers with our unique country. Through these pages, children can embark on fascinating journeys of discovery, learning, and understanding.

Wendy Rapee, CBCA National Chair, emphasizes the importance of nurturing a culture of storytelling and reading among young people. In a world where reading habits are at risk, it’s essential to celebrate and champion the joy of reading for pleasure. By embracing diverse stories and encouraging children to explore the magic of books, we can foster a lifelong love affair with reading that enriches both hearts and minds.

Congratulations to all CBCA Book of the Year Award Notable authors, illustrators and publishers for 2024.

This year our the Judges’ critiques of all 118 titles are available in one downloadable PDF booklet here 2024_CBCA-Notables-FullList