The BILBY Awards are children’s choice awards organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The acronym stands for:
Books I Love Best Yearly
The BILBY Awards were instituted in 1990. Since then, the children of Queensland have been invited every year to nominate their favourite amongst the books they've read over the previous year. Prior to 1997 there were three categories for primary students - Read Alone, Read Aloud and Read Australian - and one category for Secondary. In 1997 the current readership format was introduced, though the Early Readers category was first called the Picture Books category, then the Early Childhood category. See the list of previous winners.
There are three readership categories:
· Early Readers - for books for readers under 8 years old
Younger Readers – for books for readers between 8 and 12 years old
Older Readers – for books for readers over 12 years old.
In each category the award is for an individual book only, not for a book series. The winning books for the previous two years are also not eligible for the next year of awards. The books may be read in print, audio or digital format, or read aloud to children.
There are two phases in the BILBY Awards: NOMINATION then VOTING.
In the Nomination phase, children are invited to nominate their favourite individual book for their readership category which they have read in the previous 12 months. Nominations are to be made on-line through the dedicated nomination pages that will be provided. Please read the nomination conditions carefully. (see under Nominate Now! llink)
The closing date for nominations in 2014 will be Friday 28 March.