About YABBA

Established 1985

Volunteer Run

Mission Driven

YABBA is a not-for-profit volunteer run incorporated organisation working to bring Australian books alive for children. Our ultimate goal is to have children Recommend, Read, Rate and Reward their favourite Australian books.

The YABBA Story

The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books.

Run by a volunteer committee, our goal after all these years is still the same.

We seek to provide children a voice within the general Australian children’s book industry.  The YABBA Awards encourages children to recommend recent Australian published books, read all the recommendations for their peers, rate them against all others and then finally reward that book they feel is best.

As a membership based non-for-profit organisation we seek the support of schools and libraries across Victoria in providing the financial resources necessary for this vital work.  All Victorian schools can become members of YABBA to engage their students in reading Australian literature, becoming discerning readers and finally participating in the announcement of their choices.

Our final goal is that whilst engaging children in this process, the wider children’s book industry hears the voice of the very people they are writing for – the children!  We facilitate this message delivery through the connection of authors and illustrators to the children via shortlist announcement and the annual awards ceremony.

YABBA Council

The YABBA Awards are delivered 100% by volunteer energy. The current Council is:

MICHELLE NYE
President
Marketing Director

JOY BURLAK
Secretary

MATTHEW ZBARACKI
Treasurer

ANNE DEVENISH
Awards Convener

ABIGAIL CINI
Social Media Director

PETER MARRIOTT
Membership Director

ROBYN DONOGHUE
Virtual Author Program

CAZ GOODWIN
Creator Support Director

JOHN CRABB
Hall of Fame Director

Annual Reports

Past Presidents

Being the YABBA President is both an honour and an enormous workload. We acknowledge the incredible workload these people have delivered as a past YABBA President

BEATRICE FINCHER
President: 1985 – 1992

GRAHAM DAVEY
President:  1993 – 2013

Vale Graham Davey

DAVID LINKE
President:  2013 – 2020

Life Members

The YABBA Council acknowledges individuals that have made a profound and sustained contribution to our organisation by granting them Life Membership.

BEATRICE FINCHER
President: 1985 – 1992

RICHARD BENNETT
Treasurer: 1985 – 2015