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Shortlisted books - Early Childhood Category

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Shortlisted books - Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Shortlisted books - Older Reader Category

Shortlisted books - Crichton Award


Shortlisted books - Mini-books

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Shortlisted books - Early Childhood Category

The full list of notable and shortlisted books can be found on the CBCA website.

Also look at The Crichton Award shortlist for first time illustrators.

Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna BELL(illus by Dion Beasley) 

  •  ABC report about Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley 
  •  Interview with Johanna Bell 
  • Meet the Artist video on Heywire ABC 
  • Cheeky Dog Website - An Australian company that produces clothing and other apparel that are based on the artistic designs of Dion Beasley, Tennant Creek, NT 

All I Want For Christmas is Rain by Cori BROOKE  (illus by Megan Forward)

The Snow Wombat by Susannah CHAMBERS (illus by Mark Jackson) 

Nannie Loves by Kylie DUNSTAN  

Chip by Kylie HOWARTH

Gary by Leila RUDGE

Additional resources and activities

pdf icon Wombat Facts (226 KB)
Find out more about wombats. What type of wombat is The Snow Wombat?

Shortlisted books - Picture Book Category

One Photo illustrated by Liz ANELLI (text by Ross Watkins)  

Mechanica by Lance BALCHIN

  • Book Trailer on YouTube 
  • Mechanica website with author information and tutorials   

Home in the Rain by Bob GRAHAM

My Brother by Dee, Oliver & Tiffany HUXLEY  

The Patchwork Bike illustrated by Van T RUDD (text by Maxine Beneba Clarke)

  • Read Along with Maxine Beneba Clarke on YouTube   
  • Conversations with Richard Fidler August 2016 
  • Maxine Beneba Clarke opening address Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 
  • Chinese Straight written by Maxine Beneba Clarke, animation and illustration by Iosbel Knowles  gives information about the author growing up.
  • Van T Rudd - website

    Out illustrated by Owen SWAN (text by Angela May George

Additional resources and activities

Home in the Rain

pdf icon Mechanica parts (1527 KB)
This is a very small file of spare parts to be used with our book activity on pages 23 and 48. Copyright is Lance Balchin. Larger file is on his website https://www.mechanica.com.au

Shortlisted books - Younger Reader Category

Rockhopping by Trace BALLA  

Within These Walls by Robyn BAVATI    

A Most Magical Girl by Karen FOXLEE 

Dragonfly Song by Wendy ORR

Mrs Whitlam by Bruce PASCOE 

Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol TEMPLE (illus by John Foye)

Additional resources and activities

pdf icon A Nature Story (110 KB)
Create your own story based on Rockhopping by Trace Balla

Shortlisted books - Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C by Maree COOTE

A – Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer COSSINS   

The Gigantic Book of Genes by Lorna HENDRY

Fabish, The Horse that Braved a Bushfire by Neridah McMULLIN (illus by Andrew McLean)

Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina M NEWTON

William Bligh: a stormy story of tempestuous times by Michael SEDUNARY(illus by Bern Emmerichs)

Additional resources and activities

pdf icon Fabish - Horse Heroes - answers to quizzes (167 KB)
These are the answers to the quizzes in our publication Escape to Everywhere - CBCA Book Week 2017

Shortlisted books - Older Reader Category

Waer by Meg CADDY

Words in Deep Blue by Cath CROWLEY  

The Bone Sparrow by Zana FRAILLON

Yellow by Megan JACOBSON  

Frankie by Shivaun PLOZZA  

One Would Think the Deep by Claire ZORN

Shortlisted books - Crichton Award

The Crichton Award is for first time illustrators and is adminstered by CBCA Victorian branch.

A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

Welcome to Country illustrated by Lisa Kennedy (Text: Aunty Joy Murphy)

Melbourne-Word-by-Word by Michael McMahon

The Patchwork Bike by Van T Rudd (Text: Maxine Beneba Clarke) (See Picture Book category)
Mechanica by Lance Balchin (See Picture Book category)

Additional resources and activities

pdf icon Welcome to Country - Mixed Media Landscapes (2029 KB)
This file contains Visual Instructions for mixed Media artworks art activity in Escape to Everywhere: CBCA Book Week 2017 pp 42-43.


Visit the official CBCA website to find out what great merchandise they have this year designed by Freya Blackwood. You can buy via their online store or from your local branch.

One of the resources in our book this year is about Escape Rooms with directions on how to create your own. Here are some extra websites about Escape Rooms in libraries.

There are a few websites now offering some great ideas for the Book Week theme.

Shortlisted books - Mini-books

Here are some ideas for what to do with our mini-books in the Book Week publication Escape to Everywhere.

Additional resources and activities

pdf icon How to use mini-books (117 KB)
Ideas for using the mini-books in our Book Week publication.

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