Young Australian’s Best Book Awards 2012

YABBA – stands for Young Australians’ Best Book Awards. What better way to start the National Year of Reading than by having students nominate their favourite Australian Books onto the YABBA 2012 Shortlist?

The aims of YABBA are:

  • To encourage and promote children’s reading.
  • To give children the opportunity to vote for their favourite books each year.
  • To develop children into discerning readers, who will express their opinions about books.
  • To promote an awareness of Australian children’s fiction.




Children in years 1 – 9 are eligible to nominate. All the downloadable forms you need are on the YABBA website  Go to the NOMINATIONS tab. Children can nominate books that have been written by Australian authors between 2003 and 2012.




The books cannot be previous winners and must have been published within the last ten years. After researching the books and authors, children nominate their favourites. They can do this by filling in nomination forms which are tallied and sent to YABBA. An alternative is to nominate online by logging on to the YABBA website and filling in the online nomination form. Nominations are due by 23 March 2012. Once the shortlist is published the reading begins in earnest in readiness for the voting in October. What a great way to encourage a new generation of readers.



Congratulations to the 2011 winners!

Section 4 Fiction Years 7-9  – Now by Morris Gleitzman

Section 3 Fiction Older Readers – Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

Section 2 Fiction Younger Readers – The Very Bad Book  by A Griffiths  & T Denton

Section 1 Picture Storybooks – The Wrong Book by Nick Bland

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