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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:

Children's Book Week 2023 shortlisted titles

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Ask no questions by Eva Collins

Completely normal (and other lies)* by Biffy James

The greatest thing* by Sarah Winifred Searle

Neverlanders* by Tom Taylor

The other side of tomorrow by Hayley Lawrence

What we all saw* by Mike Lucas

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

August and Jones by Pip Harry

Evie and Rhino* by Neridah McMullin

The raven's song* by Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble

Runt* by Craig Silvey

Way of the dog* by Zana Fraillon

Xavier in the meantime by Kate Gordon

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Jigsaw: a puzzle in the post by Bob Graham

Lionel and me by Corinne Fenton

Bev and Kev by Mandy Foot

Market day by Carrie Gallasch

Snap! by Anna Walker

Where the lyrebird lives by Vikki Conley 

The Picture Book of the Year

Dirt by sea by Michael Wagner

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall

Frank's red hat by Sean E Avery 

My strange shrinking parents by Zeno Sworder

Our dreaming by Dub Leffler

Paradise sands by Levi Pinfold

Eve Pownall Award

A is for Australian reefs by Frane Lessac

Amazing animal journeys by Jennifer Cossins

Come together: things every Aussie should know about the first peoples by Isaiah Firebrace

DEEP: delve into hidden worlds by Jess McGeachin

Wild Australian life by Leonard Cronin

CBCA Award For New Illustrator

Australia: from dawn to dusk by Brentos

The best hiding place by Jane Godwin

Naturopolis by Deborah Frenkel

There's no such book by Jake A. Minton

Tiny wonders by Sally Soweol Han

We are Australians by  Jandmarra Cadd 

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.