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.