Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia. Each year, since 1945, it has had a slogan – and from 1987 there has been a national theme which is chosen by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) National Council. Artwork for each theme is developed by the winner of the previous Picture Book of the Year illustrator.
Schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories related to the theme to highlight the importance of reading.
The Children’s Book of the Year Awards are announced at the beginning of Book Week. Judges from all states vote on the best Australian books that have been published during the prior year, first developing a shortlist of six titles for each category: Early Childhood; Young Readers; Older Readers; Picture Books and Information Books.
For more information about Book Week, previous year’s themes and the awards, please visit the CBCA website.