The home of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year program.

2024 program registrations are now open!

We hope to see many new faces and groups joining the conversation, helping grow this popular award.

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards connect young people to great literature. During CBCA Children’s Book Week® we celebrate reading for pleasure and applaud our awarded books.

Our Sun Project: Shadow Judging is an exciting addition to our annual calendar. We invite young voices from groups across Australia to join the conversation about our annual Book of the Year Shortlist and choose their own winners.

Creating a group of ‘shadowers’ is a powerful way to connect young readers with the shortlisted books in a safe space where their opinions and responses can be heard.

Interested adults, classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians are invited to take on the role of group facilitators to support these young voices in this exciting program.

What shadowers’ are saying …

What is Shadow Judging?

Shadow Judging is an exciting addition to CBCA’s national annual calendar. We are inviting young voices from across Australia to join the conversation about the books on our annual CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist and choose their own winners.

Thank you to our supporters

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