Children's Book Week 2022 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 11:45 am:

  • Monday 22 August, Kew Library
  • Thursday 25 August, Ashburton Library
  • Friday 26 August, Camberwell Library
  • Saturday 27 August, Ashburton Library.

Children's Book Week 2022 longlisted titles

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Girls in boys cars by Felicity Castagna

How to Repaint a Life* by Steven Herrick

The boy from the mish* by Gary Lonesborough

Terciel and Elinor* by Garth Nix

Sugar Town queens* by Malla Nunn

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Dragon skin* by Karen Foxlee

Huda and me* by H. Hayek

A glasshouse of stars by Shirley Marr

Exit through the gift shop* by Maryam Master

Rabbit, soldier, angel, thief by Katrina Nannestad

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

When the waterhole dries up by Kaye Baillie

Walk of the whales by Nick Bland

Amira's Suitcase by Vikki Conley

Winston and the indoor cat by Leila Rudge

The Picture Book of the Year

The boy and the elephant by Freya Blackwood

Stellarphant by James Foley

The Inheritance by Armin Greder

Blue flower by Sonya Hartnett

Iceberg by Claire Saxby

Eve Pownall Award

The illustrated encyclopaedia of peculiar pairs in nature by Sami Bayly

Book of Curious Birds by Jennifer Cossins

Walking in Gagudju country: exploring the Monsoon Forest by Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler

The first scientists: deadly inventions and innovations from Australia's First Peoples* by Corey Tutt

Heroes, rebels and innovators by Karen Wyld

CBCA Award For New Illustrator

A trip to the hospital by Freda Chiu

Walking in Gagudju country: exploring the Monsoon Forest by Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler

The boy who tried to shrink his name by Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira

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.