Story Box Library is proud to showcase shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2023. The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has been running Children’s Book Week since 1945, which celebrates Australian children’s literature, and the talented authors and illustrators that create it!

A calendar event favourite across Australia, Children’s Book Week is an exciting opportunity for teachers, parents and library staff to celebrate children’s literature and learning. This year, CBCA’s Children’s Book Week runs from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 August, with the theme ‘READ, GROW, INSPIRE’.

Find shortlisted books on Story Box Library in the Picture Book, New Illustrator, Early Childhood and Eve Pownall categories for the Children's Book of the Year Awards, with diverse and dynamic storytellers bringing these popular titles to life, ready to engage young minds and let imaginations fly!

Find CBCA 2023 shortlisted stories on Story Box Library here.

Explore shortlisted stories on Story Box Library:

2023 Picture Book Shortlist

My Strange Shrinking Parents: A Tall Tale by Zeno Sworder

Our Dreaming 

Frank’s Red Hat 

Paradise Sands 

2023 New Illustrator Shortlist

Tiny Wonders

The Best Hiding Place

We are Australians

There’s No Such Book 


2023 Early Childhood Shortlist

Jigsaw: A Puzzle in the Post

Market Day


Lionel and Me

Where the Lyrebird Lives

2023 Eve Pownall Shortlist

Come Together

Online event: 2023 Children's Book Week®: “More than costumes!”

On Tuesday 25 July, 6-7.30pm, Story Box Library’s Creative Director, Netti Wagner hosts this spectacular online event for educators, librarians, industry professionals, creatives and more to discover more about 2023 Children’s Book Week, how to engage young minds in creativity, learning and more. 


Special guests:

  • CBCA - Jane Moore, Deputy Chair

  • ZartArt - Tania Di Berardino, Artist & Educator

  • PETAA - Karen Rogers, Literacy Leader & Cassie Tongue, Marketing Communications Manager

  • Story Box Library - Nina Perkinson, Education Resource Developer

The event also includes an opportunity for a live Q&A with all panelists.

2023 Children's Book Week activities and resources are due for release w/c 10 July!

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