Held between Saturday 18 August and Friday 24 August, the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book Week celebrates the breadth of incredible children's books available with the Children's Book Week Awards.

We're hosting a range of children's activities to celebrate the awards. Come to the library to enjoy stories and craft and a special Saturday storytime. 

Bedtime Storytime 
6.30pm, Monday 20 August, Camberwell Library

4pm, Tuesday 21 August, Hawthorn Library

Saturday Family Storytime
11am, Saturday 25 August, Balwyn Library

Preschool Storytime - no bookings required
11am, Monday 20 August, Camberwell Library 
11am, Tuesday 21 August, Balwyn Library
11am, Wednesday 22 August, Kew Library
11am, Thursday 23 August, Ashburton Library
11am, Friday 24 August, Hawthorn Library

To reserve a book click the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. Titles with a hash symbol (#) are available in our Storybox Library as videos read aloud by your favourite Australian authors and performers. 

Books shortlisted for the awards

We have all the shortlisted titles for the Children's Book Week Awards available in the library to borrow. Winners will be announced on Friday 17 August.

The Picture Book of the Year 

Ten pound pom by Carole Wilkinson, illustrated by Liz Anelli

The great rabbit chase # by Freya Blackwood

Mopoke by Philip Bunting

A walk in the bush # by Gwyn Perkins

Swan lake by Anne Spudvilas

Florette # by Anna Walker

The Book of the Year: Early Childhood 

Rodney loses it # by Michael Gerard Bauer, illustrated by Chrissie Krebs

Boy by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Shane DeVries

I’m Australian too by Mem Fox, illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh

The second sky by Patrick Guest, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley

The very noisy baby by Alison Lester

Hark it’s me, Ruby Lee by Lisa Shanahan, illustrated by Binny

The Book of the Year: Younger Readers

The elephant  by Peter Carnavas

How to bee by Bren MacDibble

Henrietta and the perfect night by Martine Murray

Marsh and me by Martine Murray

The shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda

The grand, genius summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan

Crichton Award for New Illustrators 

Can you find me? by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Patrick Shirvington

I just ate my friend by Heidi McKinnon

Mopoke by Philip Bunting

Once upon an ABC by Sophie Masson, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen

The sloth who came to stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To

Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan, illustrated by Rovina Cai

Eve Pownall Award Category

Do not lick this book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost

M is for mutiny! History by alphabet by John Dickon, illustrated by Bern Emmerichs

Left and right by Lorna Hendry

The big book of Antarctica by Charles Hope

Amazing Australians in their flying machines by Prue and Kerry Mason, illustrated by Tom Jellet

Koala by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Julie Vivas