The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:
- The Ink Bridge (Neil Grant, A&U)
- Sea Hearts (Margo Lanagan, A&U)
- The Shiny Guys (Doug MacLeod, Penguin)
- Creepy & Maud (Dianne Touchell, Fremantle Press)
- Friday Brown (Vikki Wakefield, Text)
- The Wrong Boy (Suzy Zail, Black Dog Books).
- Pennies for Hitler (Jackie French, Angus & Robertson)
- Other Brother (Simon French, Walker Books)
- After (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
- Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
- Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend (Steven Herrick, UQP)
- The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk (Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King).
- The Terrible Suitcase (Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood, Omnibus)
- With Nan (Tania Coz & Karen Blair, Windy Hollow Books)
- The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog (Sue DeGennaro, Scholastic)
- Too Many Elephants in This House (Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner, Viking)
- It’s a Miroocool! (Christine Harris & Ann James, Little Hare)
- Peggy (Anna Walker, Scholastic).
- The Coat (Ron Brooks, illus by Julie Hunt, A&U)
- Tanglewood (Vivienne Goodman, illus by Margaret Wild, Omnibus)
- Herman and Rosie (Gus Gordon, Viking)
- Sophie Scott Goes South (Alison Lester, Viking)
- Lightning Jack (Patricia Mullins, illus by Glenda Millard, Scholastic)
- A Day to Remember (Mark Wilson, illus by Jackie French, Angus & Robertson).
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:
- Python (Christopher Cheng & Mark Jackson, Walker Books)
- Lyrebird! A True Story (Jackie Kerin, illus by Peter Gouldthorpe, Museum Victoria)
- Topsy-turvey World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers (Kirsty Murray, NLA)
- Portrait of Spain for Kids (Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art)
- Tom the Outback Mailman (Kristin Weidenbach, illus by Timothy Ide, Lothian).