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“OverDrive is thrilled to partner with the Sun Project: Shadow Judging Book of the Year program to provide a selection of digital versions of the books shortlisted for the 2024 Children’s Book of the Year in the Older Readers, Younger Readers and Early Childhood categories. Students will have access to Sora to read digital versions of the available books and vote on which they would pick as their winners! Sora gives K-12 students one-tap access to ebooks, audiobooks, Read-Alongs, magazines and more on any device, at any time, using their school credentials.​ From assigned titles, to exportable notes and highlights, to personalised reading features and more, Sora’s dynamic features can help ignite a love for reading and learning.​”

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.

Willeton SHS Shadow Judges meet with CBCA Older Readers judge Maria Alessandrino

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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