CBCA Children's Book Week®

About Children's Book Week®

Children's Book Week® has been a fixture of Australia's literary landscape since 1945. Each year the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) highlights the importance of reading by showcasing Australian children’s books, authors, and illustrators.

Book Week Dates 2023 | Saturday, 19 August to Friday, 25 August 2023

Book Week Theme 2023 | Read, Grow, Inspire

Book Week at Your Library

Wollongong City Libraries celebrates Children's Book Week® by featuring colourful displays, developing activities, running competitions, and telling stories relating to the Children’s Book Week theme.


Stay tuned for Book Week events happening across Wollongong City Libraries.

Book Week Art Competition 2023

This year we invited primary school students in years K-6 to create an original artwork inspired by the CBCA Book Week theme: Read, Grow, Inspire.

There were 13 prizes on offer - years K-2 first place and runner up, years 3-4 first place and runner up, years 5-6 first place and runner up, and 7 highly commended (one per WCL library location). Winners were announced 17 August, 2023.

2023 Winners
K to 2 Winner
Oscar from Wollongong
K to 2 Runner Up
Bethany from Helensburgh
3 to 4 Winner
Cristiano from Thirroul
3 to 4 Runner Up
Melanie from Unanderra
5 to 6 Winner
Irene from Wollongong
5 to 6 Runner Up
Fathima from Wollongong
2023 Highly Commended
Jenna from Corrimal Isabelle from Dapto
Evie from Thirroul Chenxi from Unanderra
Joseph from Helensburgh Lexi from Warrawong
Edward from Wollongong

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards celebrate the contributions of Australian writers and illustrators, affirming their quality and supporting their capacity to devote time to their craft. See below for the latest award lists.

2023 Winners (Announced August)  |   2023 Shortlist |  2023 Notables

Reserve your copies from our collection via the reading lists below!

Book Week Puzzles

Get to know the 2023 CBCA Picture Book of the Year shortlisted titles through our online jigsaw puzzles.

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