Turramurra Public School



Children's Book Council of Australia 2021

Find all the Shortlisted titles here -


Find the CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist Announcement here -


Find out how the books are judged here –

Shadow Judging for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2021


Read the Shortlisted Titles below

For younger readers

Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green and Anna Zobel

There’s No Such Thing by Heidi McKinnon

We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart

Ribbit Rabbit Robot by Sofya Karmazina

Seven Seas of Fleas by Dave Petzold

Go Away! Worry Monster! By Robin Tatlow-Lord

Not Cute by Philip Bunting

Your Birthday was the Best by Maggie Hutchings and Felicita Sala

Norton and the Bear by Gabriel Evans

Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham

The Unwilling Twin by Freya Blackwood

No! Never! by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman

For older students

Worse Things by Sally Murphy and Sarah Davis
Author reading Chapter One   https://www.youtube.com/embed/fqpXyzaakwk

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad
Author introduction  

Bindi by Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler
Author talk  

The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting
Author Introduction https://www.youtube.com/embed/rTIsctUyHuc

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals by Sami Bayly
Author talking about her illustrations 

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals - Activity: Look at the process author and illustrator Sami Bayly goes through to produce her incredible publications.

(For Year 6 only)
Azaria: A True History
by Maree Coote

Azaria - Questions: Who do you think will benefit from reading this book?  Why? What is more important in your opinion – the words or the pictures – why? Do you think differently after reading the book?  Do you think differently about – The desert? The Rock at Uluru?  Wild animals?  The media?  The courts and the Law?  Public opinion?  If so, how have your thoughts and opinions changed?  Why?

Strangers on Country by David Hartley and Kirsty Murray (illustrations by Dub Leffler)
Summary of one of the Europeans looked after by Indigenous Australians in the 1800s:

Matthew Flinders – Adventures on Leaky Boats by Carole Wilkinson and Prue Pittock
Illustrator talking about the book 

Matt Ottley talking about his book How to Make a Bird

Meg McKinlay talking about How to Make a Bird

Zeno Sworder reading This Small Blue Dot

The Small Blue Dot - Questions: Did you notice how the narrator is drawn in black and white and how her interaction with the world and her own imagination are expressed through colour and movement. What happens at the end of the book when she shares her joy and amazement about the world with her younger sibling?

Give Me Some Space by Phillip Bunting
Enjoy this wonderful story read by a Nasa Space Station astronaut.

Littlelight by Kelly Canby
Do you think Littlelight looks a lot more interesting, vibrant and joyful once the wall has disappeared? Would you rather live in grey Littlelight with the wall around it or in brightly coloured Littlelight open to its neighbours? Why? Write a short paragraph outlining your reasons.

Dry to Dry by Liz Anelli and Pamela Freeman
Look at the colours Liz Anelli has used in Dry to Dry. Why do you think she chose to use these colours? Do you think they accurately represent the environment in Kakadu?

How does your neighbourhood change as the seasons change? How does the changing of the seasons affect the trees, animals and weather? Draw a picture of your backyard in the summer and in the winter, and make a list of the differences.

Australia’s Wild, Weird, Wonderful Weather by Stephanie Owen Reeder
Try this fun weather quiz – (based on the information in the book)