bilby awards

Books I Love Best Yearly

The BILBY Awards are the Children's Choice Awards organised by The Children's Book Council of Australia (Queensland Branch).

Each year throughout Queensland hundreds of children select their favourite book and nominate it for the BILBY Awards. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to exercise their voice, to have a say about what they read. This is their very own book award.

2018 BILBY Timeline

Feb 26  - March 29 Term One 
Nominations open, children nominate the book they love best

March 29 - Nominations close


April 17 - June 29:  Term Two 
Children read and choose the book they love best.


June 29 - Voting closes


CBCA Book Week in August - Awards day

2017 BILBY LOGO

We love our new look Bilby and are posting his image everywhere! He will soon make an appearance on our bookmarks and posters. Also this year, we have provided printed copies of a nominations form, whch you can send back to us via snail mail, or email us the results.

Nominations for the BILBY awards are NOW OPEN! VOTE HERE (until March 29)

There are three readership categories:

Early Readers

Picture books and story books for readers under 8 years old

Younger Readers

Books for readers aged 8 to 12 years old

Older Readers

Books for readers over 12 to 18

Selection Criteria:

The book can be from anywhere in the world, but must be written or translated into English

It cannot be a previous winner

In each category, the award is for a specific title, not for a book series

2017 BILBY Winners

Early Readers

Pig the Pug

Aaron Blabey

Younger Readers

The 78-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Older Readers

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs