Drum roll, please...presenting the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week 2021 story releases! From 8 June to mid July, Story Box Library will be releasing two CBCA shortlisted titles each week from the Early Childhood, Picture Book and New Illustrator categories. You can find these stories via the ‘CBCA Shortlist 2021’ option under the Awards category in the search filter, as the stories are live on Story Box Library. Each story will come with dedicated Activity Time and Classroom Ideas resources, including CBCA Book Week resources to support the Shadow Judging initiative.

CBCA Book Week 2021 story releases

Your Birthday Was The Best

The story of a plucky young cockroach who gate-crashes a birthday party – with hilarious results. Funny, silly and surprisingly cute, Your Birthday Was the Best! is the perfect blend of downright gross and delightfully entertaining. Written by Maggie Hutchings, illustrated by Felicita Sala and read by Wayne Hope.

There’s No Such Thing

It wasn't a hungry giant or a blood-sucking spider or a fire-breathing dragon because there is NO SUCH THING…

Is there?

Written and illustrated by Heidi McKinnon and read by Captain Starlight, from the Starlight Foundation.

How To Make A Bird

Stunning imagery and moving language let imagination take flight in an ethereal primer on making a bird. Breathe deeply and take your time. The making of a bird is not a thing to be hurried.

Written by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Matt Ottley, read by Kate Miller-Heidke for Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Not Cute

This is the romping, stomping, chomping tale of one stubbornly adorable marsupial. But beneath its many costumes, Not Cute is a simple story about self-acceptance, listening to others, and not succumbing to your own delusions.

Written and illustrated by Philip Bunting, read by Mel Buttle for Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Anemone Is Not The Enemy

All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you.

Written and illustrated by Anna McGregor, read by Mel Buttle for Melbourne Writers’ Festival. 

Ellie’s Dragon

A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia’s most revered bookmakers.

Written and illustrated by Bob Graham, read by SBL Librarian Storyteller of the Year Winner 2020 and State Library Queensland librarian, Frankie Jaiyeola.

Norton And The Bear

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying?

This irresistible read-aloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible, kid-friendly way.

Written and illustrated by Gabriel Evans, read by SBL Librarian Storyteller of the Year Winner 2020 and State Library Queensland librarian, Frankie Jaiyeola.

Who’s Your Real Mum?
When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi's two mums is her real mum, she gives him lots of clues. Her real mum is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of the web.But Nicholas still can't work it out. Luckily, Elvi knows just how to explain it to her friend.

The Unwilling Twin

Like all twins, Jules and George do everything together. But after a long, hot day at the beach, even twins sometimes disagree ...

From multi-award-winning picture book creator Freya Blackwood comes a cheeky and charming story about the ups and downs of sibling love. Read by Alice Pung, for Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

This Small Blue Dot

With a strong message of interconnectedness, hope and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot follows a little girl exploring the big and small things in life.

Written and illustrated by Zeno Sworder, and read by Alice Pung, for Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

No! Never!

Georgie is a sweet little girl who always makes her parents happy... until she discovers one powerful phrase: No! Never!

Written by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illustrated by Mel Pearce, and read by New Zealander Michala Banas.

We Love You, Magoo

Magoo has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime! But there are so many rules! So many things a dog can't do. From creator Briony Stewart, read by New Zealander Michala Banas.

Busy Beaks

From author, illustrator and storyteller Sarah Allen, Busy Beaks is full of splashing shorebirds, clattering cockatoos, parading penguins and greedy galahs, Busy Beaks is the perfect introduction to Australian birds of all shapes and sizes.

Watch our CBCA Shadow Judging video

The annual Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 'Book of the Year Awards' is here! 

Promoting children's literature in Australia and its local creators, we were very excited to partner with CBCA Victoria to create this Short Film, meet with the Shadow Judging panel and find out how kids can get involved. SBL will also be sharing dedicated Shadow Judging resources for all schools to use in the lead up to and during CBCA Book Week 2021.

The Children's Book Council of Australia is a not for profit organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. CBCA Book Week 2021 runs during Term 3 of the Australian school holidays, from August 21-27. The 2021 theme is: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.