Children's Book Week 2021

Theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

Dates: Term 3 - August 21-27 2021

Artwork: Shaun Tan

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Book Week will be back in August 2021! Time to get excited about the new theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

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. Check out the 2021 CBCA Shortlist video! 


Make Your Own Storybook Competition

‚ÄčThe Make Your Own Story Book Competition is held annually and attracts entries from young people statewide. It includes categories for picture books and story books. Winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony in October 2021. Head to the CBCA Make Your Own Storybook Website for full details. 

This competition is open to all WA students from Pre Primary to Year 8. Individual and school-based entries accepted. Please read the ENTRY FORM for specific guidelines.

Entries close Friday 11 June 2021. 

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Make Your Own Story Book lessons with Sean E Avery

WA Author Sean E. Avery has created a series of YouTube videos that are specifically designed for children who want to enter the Make Your Own Story Book Competition. Follow the steps at home to create a story book or a picture book. 

You can find the entire playlist of 26 videos on Sean's YouTube channel HERE, or head to the Make Your Own Storybook website for individual links. Check out the first one below to get you started! 

2020 Children's Book Week - Cake Competition 


1st Prize - Stanley (Age 9): My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen and James Foley

2nd Prize - Zahra (Age 12): Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

3rd Prize - Erin & Gwen (Age 6 & 9): The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie by Mae Gibbs


All the cake entries were amazing and will each receive Children's Book Week 2020 themed Curious Creatures Curious Minds merchandise.

2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards