The Children’s Book Council of Australia, or CBCA which is a nonprofit organisation that was founded in 1946 to promote children’s literature for young Australians, has released its Short List and Notables for 2015 for the annual Children’s Book of the Year Awards. It includes books for older/mature readers, younger readers and early childhood. It also has other categories including the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books as well as the Picture Book of the Year award. Read on to learn more about the CBCA’s Short List and Notables 2015.

The official CBCA website indicates that the organisation is celebrating its 70th year anniversary in 2015. It has also streamlined the Book of the Year Awards medals into four medals which include the medal for the winner, the Notable Book medal, the Shortlisted Book medal and the Honour book medal.

Brisbane Times reports that more than 400 books were entered for six awards in the CBCA Children’s Book Of The Year Awards 2015. The winners will be announced on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The announcement will occur before the Children’s Book Week 2015 which will start on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 and last until Friday, Aug.  28, 2015. The theme of Children’s Book Week 2015 is “Books light up our world.”

Angela Briant, the CBCA’s National Board President told Brisbane Times that Information books are getting more and more popular with an increasing amount of entries under that category. Briant mentioned that she has a copy of the illustrated “A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land” by Simon Barnard and she noticed that both children and adults love it.

Barnard’s book is included in the CBCA’s Short List 2015 under the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. It is joined by “Mary’s Australia: How Mary Mackillop Changed Australia” by Pamela Freeman (Publisher: Black Dog Books) and “Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia” by Demet Divaroren and Amra Pajalic (editors), (Publisher: Allen & Unwin) in that particular category.

Meanwhile, “Two Wolves” by Tristan Bancks (Publisher: Random House Australia) and “Bleakboy and Hunter Stand out in the Rain” by Steven Herrick (Publisher: University of Queensland Press) are both vying for the 2015 Book of the Year for Younger Readers. Click here for the complete list of books included in the CBCA’S Children’s Book Of The Year Awards 2015 Short List and Notables.