Some of our services are closed or have different hours on the public holiday before the AFL Grand Final – Fri 29 Sept 2023

Children's Book Week is on in August! It's a time when we come together to dress-up as favourite book characters and discover the best youth literature of the past year. 

Check out this year's top books for young readers as voted by the Children's Book Council of Australia. From the best books for young adults to celebrating incredible illustrators, these awards showcase the fantastic work happening in youth literature in Australia.

Reserve some tiles from the list below, and start planning your costumes to wear to our special storytimes. 

Book Week Dress-up Storytimes, 11 am to 12 pm:

  • Saturday 19 August, Ashburton Library
  • Monday 21 August, Balwyn Library
  • Tuesday 22 August, Greythorn Library
  • Tuesday 22 August, Hawthorn Library
  • Thursday 24 August, Ashburton Library
  • Friday 25 August, Camberwell Library

Children's Book Week 2023 longlisted titles

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

The Picture Book of the Year

Eve Pownall Award

CBCA Award For New Illustrator


More information

To reserve a book, click the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available from our eBook collection, find out more on our eBooks and audio books page.

Visit our Children’s storytimes and activities page for all our regular children’s programs. See our Literacy and reading resources for families page to find the best reading recommendations, literacy advice and programs for your child.