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The Children's Book Council of Australia's 2024 Shortlist has been announced!

HUGE congratulations to our creators:


Gymnastica Fantastica! by Briony Stewart is Shortlisted for Book of the Year: Early Childhood

If I Was a Horse by Sophie Blackall is Shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year

Grace Notes by Karen Comer is Shortlisted for Book of the Year: Older Readers


Learn more and download Teachers Resources for each of our shortlisted books below, and check out all the wonderful Aussie authors and illustrators on the full shortlist here.

  • Gymnastica Fantastica! - Briony Stewart

    An exuberant picture book about a child discovering and attempting new physical skills and putting on wonderfully imperfect shows for who whoever will watch them.

  • If I Was a Horse - Sophie Blackall

    A joyful picture book that captures, with exuberant illustrations, the astonishing spectacle of a child imagining life as a horse.

  • Grace Notes - Karen Comer

    A debut YA verse novel about what happens when the paths of a young busking violinist and an aspiring street artist collide during a pandemic.

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