CBCA Book Week
Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character.
CBCA Book Week 2020
Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds
Dates: Term 4: October 17-23*
*From 2021, the CBCA expects that the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards and CBCA Book Week will revert to their normal schedule of the Awards announced on the third Friday in August, with CBCA Book Week commencing the following day.
In 2021 CBCA Book Week will run from August 21-27. The theme for CBCA Book Week 2021 will be announced at the conclusion of CBCA Book Week 2020.
CBCA Book Week Resources
Click here for terrific free resources created by the CBCA and our partners to help you make the most of your CBCA Book Week celebrations.
2020 CBCA Shortlist Resources
Click here for a feast of resources for each of the 2020 CBCA Shortlisted titles including comments and videos from the authors and illustrators, reviews, CBCA Judges' critiques, teaching notes and more!
Official CBCA Book Week Merchandise
The CBCA is a not-for-profit organisation that supports itself financially through the sale of a range of merchandise including CBCA Book Week merchandise and our iconic Book of the Year Award stickers. Head to our eStore to see our colourful 2020 CBCA Book Week range which includes posters, bookmarks, bunting, badges and more.
CBCA Book Week Theme
CBCA Book Week has had a slogan since 1945. Until 1987 CBCA Branches had created their own posters to illustrate the themes and promote events. Since 1987 there has been a national theme which is chosen and voted on by the CBCA members. Artwork is developed by a winner of the previous year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards and used for CBCA Book Week promotional material and merchandise. Please note that the CBCA Book Week artwork is subject to copyright.
Click here to see a list of previous CBCA Book Week themes.