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, 11am to 11.45am:

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


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.

Visit the 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.