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Children's Picture Book of the Year (2018-)
Subcategory of Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA)
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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner y separately published work icon Somebody's Land : Welcome to Our Country Adam Goodes , Ellie Laing , David Hardy (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 22585006 2021 single work picture book children's

'An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

'For thousands and thousands of years,
Aboriginal people lived in the land we call Australia.

The land was where people
built their homes,
played in the sun,
and sat together to tell stories.

When the white people came,
they called the land
Terra Nullius.
They said it was nobody's land.
But it was somebody's land.

'Somebody's Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.

'Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing's powerful words and David Hardy's pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia's past - to feel the richness of our First Nations' history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to understand what 'welcome to our country' really means.'(Publication summary)

Year: 2021

winner y separately published work icon Our Home, Our Heartbeat Adam Briggs , Kate Moon (illustrator), Rachael Sarra (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 18582055 2020 single work picture book children's

'Adapted from Briggs’ celebrated song 'The Children Came Back'Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

'Readers will recognise Briggs' distinctive voice and contagious energy within the pages of Our Home, Our Heartbeat, signifying a new and exciting chapter in children's Indigenous publishing.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon The Beach Bluey : The Beach Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 18743284 2019 single work picture book children's

'While Mum is off for a walk along the beach, Bluey discovers a beautiful shell. She runs to show Mum and has a series of encounters that will both excite and test her in unexpected ways.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon All the Ways To Be Smart Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble , 2018 14571374 2018 single work picture book children's

'Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …'

‘Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon No One Likes a Fart Zoë Foster Blake , Adam Nickel (illustrator), Hawthorne : Viking , 2017 12885079 2017 single work picture book children's

'Fart is excited! He’s desperate to make friends and have fun. But no one likes a fart. Not even a fart with a heart. Too smelly. Too embarrassing. Too gross.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.