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These awards are children's choice awards. Each year Queensland children are asked to nominate their favourite book that they have read in the past year; only the winners from the previous two years are excluded from nomination. The nominations are made in three readership categories (see below). The nomination process is the first phase of the awards.
In each category, around five of the most popularly nominated books are grouped into shortlists. In the second phase of the awards students are encouraged to read the books from the list in their readership category and vote for their favourite title. The book receiving the most votes is declared the winner in its category.
To see the history of the CBCA and other CBCA Awards, see: List of CBCA Awards
Award category and description
Prior to 1997 there were three Awards categories for primary school readers - Read Alone, Read Aloud and Read Australian - and one category for Secondary. In 1997 a readership format was introduced, though the Early Readers category was first called the Picture Book category, then the Early Childhood category [see below].
Currently there are three 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.
List of BILBY Award winners
Early Readers Award
Note: Before 2001, this award was called the "Early Childhood" (1990-1999), "Picture Book" (1998-1997) and "Read Alone" (1996-1990) awards.
|1991||Roald Dahl||The BFG||Winner|
|1993||Roald Dahl||The Witches||Winner|
|1995||Gina Ingoglio||The Lion King||Winner|
|1996||Martin Handford||Where's Wally?||Winner|
|1998||Margaret Wild and Ann James||The Midnight Gang||Winner|
|2000||Rod Clement||Grandad's Teeth||Winner|
|2001||Martin Handford||Where's Wally?||Winner|
|2002||Bob Graham||Buffy - An Adventure Story||Winner|
|2003||Narelle Oliver||The Very Blue Thingamajig||Winner|
|2004||Dr. Seuss||The Cat in the Hat||Winner|
|2005||Leigh Hobbs||Old Tom's Holiday||Winner|
|2006||Margaret Wild, illus. David Legge||Baby Boomsticks||Winner|
|2007||Kara LaReau, illus. Scott Magoon||Ugly fish||Winner|
|2008||Jackie French, illus. Bruce Whatley||Diary of a Wombat||Winner|
|2009||Roald Dahl||The Twits||Winner|
|2010||H I Larry||Zac Power: Poison Island||Winner|
|2011||Vicki Myron||Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!||Winner|
|2012||Dr Seuss||The Cat in the Hat||Winner|
|2014||David Wiesner||Art & Max||Winner|
|2015||Mo Willems||Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!||Winner|
|2016||B. J. Novak||The Book With No Pictures||Winner|
Younger Readers Award
Note: Before 1997, this award was called the "Read Aloud Award".
Older Readers Award
Read Australia Award
|1995||Gary Crew, illus. Steven Woolman||The Watertower||Winner|
|1996||Paul Jennings||The Gizmo||Winner|