AustLit logo
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

History

'Notable Australian Children’s Books gives prominence and recognition to those entries for the Book of the Year Awards which display commendable standards in the criteria set down for the Awards.

'The Notables annotated list of books is selected from all of the entries submitted for final judging in the Awards for each particular year.

'It has been published every year since 1992.'

Source: Children's Book Council of Australia (http://cbca.org.au/awardshistory.htm). (Sighted: 29/5/2014)

Winners

2019 y separately published work icon Zeroes and Ones Cristy Burne , Sydney : Brio Books , 2018 15749611 2018 single work information book children's

'Fuelled by pizza, late nights and unparalleled geekery, this is the history of some of the world's most important milestones in the development of technology - from the earliest computers made of light bulbs and an old tin to Wikileaks and smartphones. Packed with weird facts, astonishing tidbits and extraordinary anecdotes, travel around the world and meet the people who made the world we live in today.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Sorry Day Coral Vass , David Leffler (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 13183134 2018 single work picture book children's

'There was a hum of excitement.
Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.
‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.


'Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

'In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’.

'As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

'Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

'The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Our Birds : Ŋilimurruŋgu Wäyin Malanynha Siena Stubbs , Siena Stubbs (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2018 14003679 2018 single work information book

'A delightful gift book of birds from around Yirrkala, which is Siena’s home in North East Arnhem Land. This beautiful little book includes the English and Yolngu names of the birds and their Yolngu moiety

'In Yolngu culture, everything is divided into two moieties: Yirritja and Dhuwa – and as a result all things are classified, from a body of water to a specific type of tree and all our birds. Birds give themselves their Yolngu name by the sounds they make.

'‘There are so many birds in Arnhem Land it is difficult to keep count’, says Siena, however she has been able to capture some for this whimsical little title. Our Birds also includes beautifully captured landscapes from a child’s perspective.

'When Siena was 12 years old, she took up photography on her iPad, but was gifted a camera from her aunty. In a short period of time, Siena was an avid photographer and had published her own book of birds. This book is the result of that inspiration.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Armistice Ruth Starke , David Kennett (illustrator), Sydney South : Working Title Press , 2018 12934234 2018 picture book children's

'In this companion to the award-winning, My Gallipoli, many voices will recall the day the Great War ended and the monthsthat followed before peace rang out around the world.

'On 11 November 1918, after four years of fighting, the Allied powers signed an agreement with Germany to end the Great War and to begin peace negotiations. The armistice, as it was known, took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. But it would take more than seven months before peace would finally be declared at Versailles on 28 June 1919. The Great War was over. But the world as it had been known was changed forever.

'In this book, many voices recall the day the war ended,and the months that followed before peace rang out around the world. Armistice will bring these stories to life and is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the fighting stopped.' (Publication Summary)

2019 y separately published work icon My Modern Art Book Kate Ryan , Cally Bennett (illustrator), Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria , 2018 15750222 2018 single work information book children's

My Modern Art Book explores a selection of exhibited works of art and design, and their creators. Meet the artists and designers, and learn about their works, experimental approaches and big ideas. It features twenty-three artists and designers from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York including: Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Rineke Dijkstra, Jackson Pollock, Joaquín Torres-García, Simone Forti, Andy Warhol, René Magritte, and many more.

Source: Bookseller's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Make Believe : M. C. Escher for Kids Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria , 2018 15750057 2018 single work information book children's

'Stars, mirrors, eye tricks and the impossible! These are just a few of the things that inspired artist M. C. Escher (Maurits) to create some of the most fascinating images of the twentieth century. In this book, read about the artist’s life, his travels, and his passion for creating optical illusions that play tricks with our minds. Along the way, learn about the anatomy of the eye and test your wits with riddles and quizzes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Waves Donna Rawlins , Mark Jackson (illustrator), Heather Potter (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2018 14045297 2018 single work picture book non-fiction children's

'Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. 

'This book tells some of their stories.Waves is a narrative non-fiction book about the waves of migration to the shores of Australia.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Marvellous Miss May : Queen of the Circus Stephanie Owen Reeder , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 13834354 2018 single work biography children's

'In 1901, aged just seven, tiny contortionist May Zinga was given away to Wirth Brothers Circus by her desperate mother. Imagine Miss May’s horror when the first thing the Wirths did was cut off all her long hair. Poor May had lost both her family and her crowning glory! But this feisty, talented and determined little girl did not give up. Despite many setbacks, including a horrific accident, she kept fighting to fulfil her dream of becoming the best bareback rider in the world, performing the same dangerous acrobatic feats as male riders––only better!

'This fourth title in Stephanie Owen Reeder’s award-winning Heritage Heroes series retells the remarkable true story of equestrienne May Wirth, while providing historical insights into life in an Australian circus at the beginning of the twentieth century.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Under the Southern Cross Frane Lessac , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2018 14538791 2018 single work picture book children's

'Night-time in Australia, animals are waking, people are exploring, discoveries are being made – under the Southern Cross. What makes ribbons of colour swirl in the sky? What are the spooky balls of light that bounce across the outback? What animal lays eggs that look like squishy ping-pong balls? Where can you watch a movie with bats circling overhead? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic picture book tour of Australia after dark.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Linda Jackson's Rainbow Menagerie Linda Jackson , Linda Jackson (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble Inc. , 2018 15419629 2018 single work picture book children's

'I live in the rainforest.
I have a spectacular tail that I raise over my head when I sing and dance.

'A kaleidoscopic introduction to native Australian animals and a celebration of the rainbow. Linda Jackson’s vibrant colours and bold patterns bring this iconic designer’s spectacular colour and form to a new generation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon When Water Lost Her Way Meg Humphrys , Meg Humphrys (illustrator), Cowes : Circles Publishing , 2018 14212774 2018 single work picture book children's

Water begins to question who and what she is as she moves through her various forms: she asks mountains, trees, and people what they think she is.

2019 y separately published work icon The Giant Book of Germs Lorna Hendry , Clifton Hill : Wild Dog Books , 2018 15749798 2018 single work information book children's

'How many germs live on your hand? How do germs make you sick? Do the germs in your gut really keep you healthy? Discover many more surprising facts in The Giant Book of Germs!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Happiness Box : A Wartime Book of Hope Mark Greenwood , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13959149 2018 single work picture book children's

'In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious … With this picture book, award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Watch This! : A Book about Making Shapes Jane Godwin , Hilary Walker (illustrator), Beci Orpin (illustrator), Brunswick : Scribble Inc. , 2018 15377558 2018 single work picture book children's

'Can you make a circle with your arms? 
Or a triangle with your fingers? 
If we work together, we can make a rectangle, or even a pyramid.
We can make lots and lots of shapes – just watch this!

'A bold and playful celebration of movement, energy, pattern, colour and shape.' (Publication summary)
 

2019 y separately published work icon Australian Birds Matt Chun , Matt Chun (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14902106 2018 single work information book children's

'It took millions of years of isolation and a diverse range of habitats for Australian birds to evolve the way they did. The result is many of the world's most striking and beautiful birds, including some that are stranger than fiction. In Australian Birds, acclaimed artist Matt Chun showcases 16 remarkable species that have captured the imagination of the world. From the iconic cockatoo, to the endangered Cassowary, Australian Birds has been carefully curated to inform and entrance readers of all ages.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Bouncing Back Bouncing Back : An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story Rohan Cleave , Coral Tulloch (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2018 12806649 2018 single work picture book children's

A beautifully illustrated story of this marsupial's plight and how it was saved from extinction. The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Australia's most threatened species. When their existence came under extreme threat from habitat loss, predators and human development, Eastern Barred Bandicoots found refuge in the most unlikely of places – a rubbish tip. This captivating true story details the plight these small, nocturnal marsupials faced, and the outstanding efforts that ensured their protection. Written by Rohan Cleave and illustrated by Coral Tulloch, Bouncing Back shows that even on the brink of extinction, there is hope for the survival of our most vulnerable species.

2019 y separately published work icon The Great Lizard Trek Felicity Bradshaw , Norma MacDonald (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2018 13865917 2018 single work picture book children's

'Rocky, an ornate dragon, lives on the granite rocks in the southwest of Australia. His ancestors have lived in this hot environment for around 10 million years, and for more than 60,000 years, they have lived alongside Indigenous Australians. Rocky's habitat is under threat, and his desert relatives in the north are facing challenges due to rising temperatures.

Using his knowledge of Indigenous culture and language, along with Western science, The Great Lizard Trek follows Rocky in his journey to see what the future may bring.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Flying Optometrist Joanne Anderton , Karen Erasmus (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 13003539 2018 single work picture book children's

'The Flying Optometrist travels in his little red aeroplane from his practice in the city to a remote outback town. Lots of people are waiting for him! Aunty can't see well enough to carve her emu eggs and Bill the plumber has a splinter in his eye. Young Stephanie can't wait for him to arrive as she has broken her glasses and can't join in games of cricket and have fun with her friends - she can't see the ball! Hurry up Flying Optometrist! Where is he? Is he lost? 

'The townsfolk wait with bated breath until finally the Flying Optmetrist's little red plane appears, having only just missed a bad storm. A big meal waits for him in the local hotel. Then starts work checking eyesight. The Flying Optometrist doesn't have long, but he helps as many people as he can. He returns to the city but Stephanie has to wait a little longer for an exciting package to come - her new glasses!' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Digby and Claude Emma Allen , Hannah Sommerville (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 14052053 2018 single work picture book children's

'The streetscape is changing in 1930s city Australia. Digby and Claude meet up to create their own place, somewhere they both belong. They have adventures and make plans. But then the building site becomes full of trucks and Claude's parents stop him visiting his friend. However, when new families move into the new flats, Digby has someone new to tell his stories to. Non-fiction information at the back of the book covers housing styles and the different sorts of 'homes' we can have.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon Chalk Boy Margaret Wild , Mandy Ord (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13658931 2018 single work picture book children's

'A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life.'

Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me. I have a head that can think, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and legs that can run. Best of all, I have a heart that can feel. Thank you, Barnaby.
(Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon Why I Love Summer Michael Wagner , Tom Jellett (illustrator), Australia : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 13984362 2018 single work picture book children's

'Sunny days, weekends at the pool, games in the backyard, daylight until late and long, lovely holidays . . . that's summer, the best season ever.

'The perfect follow up to the much-loved Why I Love Footy (Notables list, Picture Book of the Year category, CBCA 2016). An ode to a uniquely Australian experience and the joy of family and friends.' (Publication summary)

 

2019 y separately published work icon Room on Our Rock Kate Temple , Jol Temple , Terri Rose Baynton (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 12314708 2018 single work picture book children's

'Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story. This clever picture book has one story that can be read two different ways. When read from front to back, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. But when the book is read from back to front, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Cicada Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Melbourne : Lothian , 2018 13514146 2018 single work picture book children's fantasy

'Cicada work in tall building.

'Data entry clerk. Seventeen year.

'No sick day. No mistake.

'Tok Tok Tok!

'Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, Cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The All New Must Have Orange 430 Michael Speechley , Michael Speechley (illustrator), Australia : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 13983995 2018 single work picture book children's

'Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn’t sure what it did, but he had to have it! A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn’t quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Incredible Freedom Machines Kirli Saunders , Matt Ottley (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 10329380 2018 single work picture book children's

'In this sumptuous story of exploration and breaking boundaries, a young girl uncovers her very own freedom machine vehicle that carries her to all kinds of wondrous places.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon My Sunbeam Baby Emma Quay , Emma Quay (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2018 14948588 2018 single work picture book children's

'See my bouncing baby,
jigging on my knee.
Then snuggling for a story,
just baby, book and me.

'A gorgeous new picture book about how much we love our babies, from Emma Quay, creator of the bestselling and award-winning Rudie Nudie.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Maya and Cat Caroline Magerl , Caroline Magerl (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13959004 2018 single work picture book children's

'On a roof, as wet as a seal, as grey as a puddle, Cat was rumbling, a rumbly purr. What does Cat want most? Feather boas? Pretty pink shoelaces? A boatful of fish under a tiny tin sail – or perhaps something much more valuable? Affectionate and evocative, Maya and Cat follows a child’s kindly impulse to an unexpected conclusion.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Waiting for Chicken Smith David Mackintosh , David Mackintosh (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14733316 2018 single work picture book children's

'"Every year, I stay in the same cabin at the beach with my family, and every year Chicken Smith's here too, with his Dad and his dog, Jelly. But this year, something's different."

'As we hang on the words of the narrator, we learn of the legendary Chicken Smith and the beachside town that has been the backdrop to their school-holiday adventures for years. But will Chicken Smith turn up this year? Or will a friendship of a different kind blossom.

'A story about childhood friendship, the inevitability of change and the magic of anticipation.' 

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Mediterranean Armin Greder , Armin Greder (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14688783 2018 single work picture book children's

'Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns. A devastating indictment of our society's treatment of refugees by the creator of The Island.

'With eloquent and devastating imagery, the creator of the multi-award-winning book The Island again asks us to examine our responses to the plight of refugees. How long will we remain silent witnesses?'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Last Peach Gus Gordon , Gus Gordon (illustrator), Melbourne : Viking , 2018 14065843 2018 single work picture book children's

'One fine summer's day two bugs discover the most beautiful peach of the season and are faced with a dilemma...'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Go Go and the Silver Shoes Jane Godwin , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Viking , 2018 13919640 2018 single work picture book children's

'When Go Go is allowed to buy the most beautiful shoes ever, she decides she will wear them EVERYWHERE!

'Even to the creek, where she and her brothers go adventuring.

'But - Oh no, Go Go! - that's when a terrible thing happens ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Drought Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14951468 2018 single work picture book children's

'I remember when rain stopped, 
When day by day the water dropped, 
All across a sun-bleached land, 
Drought spread its withered, deadly hand. 

'From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire and Cyclone comes Drought a moving story about the devastating effects drought has on many Australians and their farms.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Girl on Wire Lucy Estela , Elise Hurst (illustrator), Australia : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 13984138 2018 single work picture book children's

'Girl on Wire is a simple yet brilliantly uplifting allegory of a young girl struggling to build her self-esteem and overcome the anxiety that many children feel as they grow – she walks the tightrope, afraid she will fall, but with the support of those she loves, her toes grip the wire and she walks forward, on her own, with a new confidence.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Midnight at the Library Ursula Dubosarsky , Ron Brooks (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 14539091 2018 single work picture book children's

'In Midnight at the Library, critically-acclaimed author, Ursula Dubosarsky, and award-winning illustrator, Ron Brooks, traverse space and time, telling the story of a book throughout history. Dubosarsky and Brooks piece together the story of a book that was opened and loved, given and taken, closed and lost, found and forgotten before being discovered, uncovered and preserved at the library. 

Beautifully written and splendidly illustrated, this is a story about the inception, creation and preservation of books and culture. This enchanting children’s book has vast educational potential and is sure to captivate the hearts of book-lovers across the nation, encouraging them to find their own book of wonder. 

Brilliantly evocative and exceptionally engaging, there is something undeniably magical about Dubosarsky and Brooks’ timeless and ageless story, Midnight at the Library.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Hole Story Kelly Canby , Kelly Canby (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2018 12850031 2018 single work picture book children's

'One day Charlie finds a hole. A hole of his very own! He picks it up and pops it in his pocket.

'But it doesn’t take Charlie long to realise that a hole in your pocket is not a good thing to have . . .' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon How Did I Get Here? Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14071073 2018 single work picture book children's

'The (unauthorised) biography of you, and the story of all of us. Charting from the Big Bang to birth, Philip Bunting takes us on a journey back to the start of time (in about the time it takes to eat your breakfast!) A hilarious, and beautifully illustrated book, designed to raise more questions than it answers.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Sonam and the Silence Eddie Ayres , Ronak Taher (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13967971 2018 single work picture book children's

'In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical, melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden? A lyrical fable-like story about the irrepressible power of music.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Feather Margaret Wild , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 12569578 2018 single work picture book children's

'‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’—Emily Dickinson

'This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognise its extraordinariness and take it to the village for its protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance. The children take it home and care for it through the night. In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and colour. The ambiguous ending invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon When You’re Going to the Moon Sasha Beekman , Vivienne To (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2018 14734221 2018 single work picture book children's

'Your pet iguana, tap-dancing shoes, an inflatable moose … What else might you need when you’re going to the moon?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Beware the Deep, Dark Forest Sue Whiting , Janet Newman (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2018 9383970 2018 single work picture book children's

'Beware the deep, dark forest! You should never, ever go in there . . . Rosie has always followed this rule until the day her pup Tinky goes missing in the woods. So Rosie decides to trek into this dangerous, muddy place. But there are many obstacles along the way - including a huge grey wolf, a scary ravine and a ferocious troll!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon It’s Not Scribble to Me Kate Ritchie , Jedda Robaard (illustrator), Australia : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 13983864 2018 single work picture book children's

'A cheeky and hilarious story about a little bear who’s bursting with creativity.

'Bear has too many wonderful, wild and beautiful ideas for mere paper to contain. Soon her house is awash with colourful drawings and Bear must tell her parents, ‘It’s not scribble to me!’ This is a cheeky, funny and warm story that all families will relate to.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Here Comes Stinkbug! Tohby Riddle , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14152753 2018 single work picture book children's

'Stinkbug can really stink. But when it starts bugging his friends, Stinkbug wonders if it's time to stop doing what stink bugs do best. A hilarious story about a smelly bug whose unique talent saves the day.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon It's a Long Way to the Shop Heidi McKinnon , Heidi McKinnon (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 15749109 2018 single work picture book children's

'They cant run, swim, fly or jump... so how will these two little rocks get to the shop? Find out in this hilarious tale of adventure and persistence, to reach a snack that's totally worth it.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Rhyme Cordial Antonia Pesenti , Antonia Pesenti (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble Inc. , 2018 15749202 2018 single work picture book children's

'From Alarm Croc to Cheepy Head, you’ll enjoy Rhyme Cordial all day long! A fun, new take on wordplay from bestselling illustrator Antonia Pesenti. Open the pages to reveal unexpected rhymes and bold, bright illustrations.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Duck! Megan McKinlay , Nathaniel Eckstrom (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13859443 2018 single work picture book children's humour

'Duck can see that something is falling from the sky. He tries to warn the other farmyard animals by telling them to "Duck!" but they won’t listen…' (Source: Publisher's blurb) 

2019 y separately published work icon Tricky's Bad Day Alison Lester , Alison Lester (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2018 15016408 2018 single work picture book children's

'Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse.

'Tricky’s having a very bad day!

'Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey Alison Lester , Alison Lester (illustrator), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14230138 2018 single work picture book children's

'Noni the Pony heads out for the day, to roam the green hills behind Waratah Bay. As she and her friends wander down a green trail, they meet someone small with a very long tail. Can they help the lost baby wallaby find the way home?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Rainbow Bear Stephen Michael King , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 15500505 2018 single work picture book children's

'Bear likes to dive into the deep blue ocean, blowing bubbles and turning somersaults. He wakes with the sun and sleeps with the moon. 

'One morning, Bear is shocked to discover that his coat has changed. Is Bear dreaming? Or are two cheeky polar bear cubs responsible?'   (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Chip the Lifeguard Kylie Howarth , Kylie Howarth (illustrator), Scoresby : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14928008 2018 single work picture book children's

'Chip is back! His mission: to become a lifeguard.But his dreams soon go soggy when he's chased off the beach. So Chip and his friends fashion a plan to sneak him into to the surf club. Will their stunt earn Chip a place between the red and yellow flags?' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Dress-Up Box Patrick Guest , Nathaniel Eckstrom (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2018 14074222 2018 single work picture book children's

'The Frolleys have to move from their beloved house at 32 Sunshine Avenue to a place with dripping taps, stinky carpets and ants. 

'But they have brought something with them that can turn any house into a home. 

'The Dress-Up Box is a story about childhood, belonging and the power of imagination.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Rabby the Brave Patrick Guest , Tom Jellett (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14735920 2018 single work picture book children's

'Leon and Lily do everything with their best pals Rabby and Snuggles, until one night the unimaginable happens and Snuggles is left outside. Faced with sadness, the others must find a way to save Snuggles from a frightful end. 
 
Heart-warming and playful, compassionate and true-to-life, Rabby the Brave is a story about close bonds and sibling love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! Jane Godwin , Jane Reiseger , Jane Godwin (illustrator), Jane Reiseger (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2018 13460730 2018 single work picture book children's

'From a dynamic author-illustrator team comes this fresh, fun and rhythmic exploration of colour.

'Bold and bright, it's the perfect book for reading aloud and sharing with young children as they learn to identify the colours of their world.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Dogasaurus Lucinda Gifford , Lucinda Gifford (illustrator), Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14874121 2018 single work picture book children's

'Imagine if you found a strange egg in a mysterious forest, and then you brought it home... And when it hatched, out popped a baby DINOSAUR!

'Maybe you'd adopt it as your pet? You could play and do chores together and have lots of fun.

'But what would you do when it grows... and GROWS... and GROWS?

'Find out what Molly does, in this funny tale about a special friendship.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Collecting Sunshine Rachel Flynn , Tamsin Ainslie (illustrator), Australia : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 13984283 2018 single work picture book children's

'Mabel and Robert love to collect things on their walks – leaves and stones and seeds and berries. But when they are caught in the rain and can’t take their collection home they have an even better idea. ‘I’m collecting sunshine,’ says Mabel. ‘I’m collecting wet grass on my shoes,’ says Robert.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Margaret Connolly (editor), Natalie Jane Prior (editor), Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2018 12934112 2018 anthology poetry

'A beautiful anthology of new Australian poetry for preschool and primary-aged children, from some of our country's finest writers and illustrators.

'A boat of stars came down tonight
and sailed around my bed -
it sprinkled stardust on my eyes,
put dreams inside my head

'Open worlds of imagination and explore themagic of everyday life with this enchanting new collection of poetry from some of Australia's most-loved writers and illustrators.

'Perfect for the classroom and the home, A Boat of Stars will bring a love of language, rhythm and rhyme to every child.' (Publication Summary) 

2019 y separately published work icon Heads and Tails : Insects John Canty , John Canty (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2018 13461482 2018 single work picture book children's

'You can only see my tail, what insect am I? Heads and Tails: Insects is a playful follow up book to the highly successful Heads and Tails.

'At first we can only see their tails. Some clear, simple clues add detail as we learn more about each one. Now, can you guess the insect that each tail belongs to?' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Pig the Grub Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14525371 2018 single work picture book children's

'Eww! What a stinker!

'Pig isn't just the world's greediest Pug, he's the DIRTIEST too.

'It's high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .

'Over two million Pig books are now in print around the world!  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon All the Ways To Be Smart Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble Inc. , 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. 

2019 y separately published work icon Dinosaur Day Out Sara Acton , Sara Acton (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13958572 2018 single work picture book children's

'Sally and Max love dinosaurs. They can’t wait to see them at the museum, but today the dinosaur exhibition is closed. Where will the dinosaurs go on their day off?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Dog With Seven Names Dianne Wolfer , Sydney : Random House Australia , 2018 14073273 2018 single work children's fiction children's war literature

'A tiny dog, the runt of the litter, is born on a remote cattle station. She shouldn’t have survived, but when Elsie finds, names and loves her, the pup becomes a cherished companion. Life is perfect … until War arrives.

'With Japanese air raids moving closer, Elsie’s family leaves the Pilbara for the south and safety. But the small dog has to stay behind. After travelling far from home with drovers and a flying doctor, she becomes a hospital dog and experiences the impact of war on north-western Australia. She witnesses wonderful and terrible things and gives courage to many different humans. 

'But through all her adventures and many names, the little dog remembers Elsie, who girl who loved her best of all. Will she ever find her again?' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon In the Lamplight Dianne Wolfer , Brian Simmonds (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2018 12849869 2018 single work picture book children's historical fiction war literature

'From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose’s life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure – in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won and in finding new love in a new land.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt Rhiannon Williams , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14071407 2018 single work children's fiction fantasy children's

'Ottilie Colter and her brother, Gully, have always fended for themselves. So when Gully goes missing one night, Ottilie sets out to find him – and soon makes a horrible discovery. Gully has been forcibly recruited by the Narroway Hunt, a secretive male-only organisation that hunts savage, blight-spreading monsters called ‘dredretches’. 

Disguising herself as a boy, Ottilie infiltrates the Hunt – but quickly realises that taking her brother home won't be easy. Trapped in the heart of the dredretch-infested Narroway, it's impossibly dangerous for them to leave. But as she trains to become a Huntsman alongside her brother, hoping for a chance to escape, how long can she keep her true identity a secret?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon His Name Was Walter Emily Rodda , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 13534394 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'While on a history excursion, an ill-assorted group of four kids and their teacher are left on a country road when their minibus breaks down. At the suggestion of a friendly tow-truck driver, the five take shelter in a nearby old, deserted mansion. There they find a little old desk with a secret drawer. Inside the drawer is a book containing a handwritten story and a series of vivid, strangely lifelike paintings. The book is called His Name Was Walter.

'The story begins: 'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own.' And so begins the tale of Walter - his lonely childhood, his flight from the haunted streets of the city, his discovery of Magda the witch, his quest to find Magda's lost daughter, and his meeting with the love of his life, the mysterious, tragic girl he calls Sparrow.

'As the night closes in around them and the story of Walter and Sparrow unfolds, the kids read it avidly.. Slowly the outer and inner stories begin to mesh. Slowly the story of Walter draws the five members of the group together. And in the end every one of the five plays a vital role in the uncovering of the truth.'

Source: Publilsher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Adventures of Catvinkle Elliot Perlman , Melbourne : Puffin , 2018 14730620 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can’t be friends – can they?

'A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter – and remind you that if you aren’t open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.'  (Publication summary)

 

2019 y separately published work icon Swallow's Dance Wendy Orr , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13658603 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet?

'Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet.

'With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.

'A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon The Peacock Detectives Carly Nugent , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 12286482 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family. The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middlegrade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2018 14948784 2018 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'When Freja and Tobias arrive in Claviers, Provence, it feels like home. The hilltop village is surrounded by olive groves, lavender fields and drifts of red poppies. The market square hides a world-famous pâtisserie and an antique merry-go-round. Pippin, their precocious young neighbour, and Vivi, the beautiful chef, fill their lives with chatter and laughter and love.

'For a moment, the girl, the dog and the writer are happy.

'But a spate of criminal activity casts a cloud over the village. Freja is determined to solve the mystery and uncover the villain, but the closer she gets, the more impossible things seem to become ...' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars Jaclyn Moriarty , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14230015 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The town of Spindrift is home to the Orphanage School where Finlay lives. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. And then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen. Witches, sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Young Vikings James Moloney , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 12319673 2018 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'When his village is attacked, Hauk Johanson has no choice but to step up and lead the young Vikings on a quest for revenge. But there is one problemthe young Vikings have never fought in battle. Can Hauk and his friends master the skills of sword and axe in time? Will the Gods be on their side? And does Hauk have what it takes to lead when the fate of an entire village lies in his hands?' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Black Cockatoo Carl Merrison , Hakea Hustler , Broome : Magabala Books , 2018 13859973 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength. A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Fairytales for Feisty Girls Susannah McFarlane , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14072218 2018 selected work short story

'The renowned girl hero and feisty author presents an illustrated collection of 'tilted' fairy tales featuring girls with smarts.

'Feisty: typically one who is relatively small, lively, determined and courageous. Girls can rescue themselves—just watch Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Thumbelina create their own happily-ever-afters in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book. A glorious treasury for young girls—and boys—featuring artwork from four leading Australian illustrators: Beth Norling, Claire Robertson, Lucinda Gifford and Sher Rill Ng.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Everything I've Never Said Samantha Wheeler , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14541578 2018 single work novel children's young adult

'Ava would like nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome - she can't talk, can't nod her head, can't even point at a communication card. She understands everything, but no one understands her. When tragedy strikes her family, Ava becomes even more determined to talk. But it's not until she meets occupational therapist Kieran and new friend Aimee that she is hopeful for change - and to find her voice at last. A powerful novel about a subject rarely tackled - young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Leave Taking Lorraine Marwood , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14136050 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Leave taking noun the act of saying goodbye

'What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you’ve ever known?

'Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby’s younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It’s a big task, and Toby doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s called home. 

'As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan – a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa’s old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Shine Mountain Julie Hunt , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 12914407 2018 single work children's fiction fantasy

'On his deathbed, Ellie's pop reveals a secret - a magical button-box. It's a musical instrument from the Gleam country - a land far from Spit Farm and the mountains, with talking goats, sweet grass and corn that grows so high you have to fell it with an axe.

'But the button-box's magic is sinister. When Ellie plays it, flowers bloom and crops spring up overnight - but soon the farm is cursed by drought and her beloved oma is gravely ill.

'To save her oma and discover the truth about her own identity, Ellie must embark on a dangerous journey to the Gleam country - the only place where the evil button-box can be destroyed.' (Introduction)

2019 y separately published work icon Sweet Adversity Sheryl Gwyther , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 13534291 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'There's never a good time to be orphaned - or abandoned ... especially when you are twelve years old, and it's the Great Depression.

'In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter Adversity at the Emu Swamp Children's Home.

They fully intend to return, but things don't go according to plan.

'Then, to make matters worse, Scrimshaw, a villainous theatrical agent, hears the talented Addie sing. He plots to use her in his next money-making venture, but when he turns up at Emu Swamp to collect his prize, Scrimshaw finds she's run away.

'Together with Macbeth, her Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel, Addie is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Help Around the House Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2018 14690216 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'The funny and moving story of a boy and his friends never losing heart in a sometimes heartless world. Perfect for 8+ readers. 

'Ludo helps other people. It’s how he was brought up. 

'When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place. 

'But he soon discovers it’s not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help - it’s the rich and powerful. ' (Publication summary)
 

2019 y separately published work icon Brindabella Ursula Dubosarsky , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 12584923 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

'This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it.

'Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-coloured stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father's paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot amongst the trees changes everything.

'When Pender rescues Brindabella from the pouch of her murdered mother, an unusual friendship blossoms between the lonely boy and the orphaned joey. But Brindabella is no ordinary kangaroo. And though Pender has saved her life, the untameable wildness of the bush--and freedom--call to her...

'Lyrical and unforgettable, Brindabella explores the brutal beauty of the Australian bush.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Tales of Mr Walker Jess Black , Melbourne : Puffin , 2018 14971964 2018 selected work children's fiction short story children's

'On a brilliant autumn’s day, Mr Walker arrives at the grandest hotel in town. While things get off to a wobbly start, this charming labrador is determined to put his best paw forward. And it’s just as well because the most unexpected adventures await . . .

'The Tales of Mr Walker contains four delightful stories inspired by the real-life Mr Walker, a Guide Dog Ambassador who now calls Park Hyatt Melbourne home.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Fearless Frederic Felice Arena , Melbourne : Puffin , 2018 14998972 2018 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'When the river rises and the city of Paris begins to disappear under water, Frederic decides to help those who can?t help themselves. But as his heroic acts escalate, so does the danger. Frederic will have to battle an escaped zoo animal and fight off pickpockets and looters but, as the waters subside, can he find justice for his father and find out what courage really means?'   (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon The Happiness Quest Richard Yaxley , Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2018 14411706 2018 single work novel young adult

'Tillie Bassett is sad, and she doesn’t understand why. Her parents and friends suggest very different, allegedly helpful, remedies. But it is the suggestion of her counsellor, Gilbert the Goldfish, that the answer may lie in finding the nature of happiness.

'As Tillie embarks upon her project she discovers that, when it comes to family and friends, nothing is quite as it seems. Secrets are uncovered, old tensions resurface, relationships tangle and untangle, and Tillie realises that everyone struggles balancing sadness and happiness, and living truthfully.'  (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon After the Lights Go Out Lili Wilkinson , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13968132 2018 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters and their doomsday prepper father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. One day, the power goes out. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything. A brilliant and terrifyingly compelling YA novel with life and death stakes that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Tales from the Inner City Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14152497 2018 selected work single work short story poetry prose art work

'Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict—of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Liberty Nikki McWatters , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14971189 2018 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'In 1472, Jeanne’s father arranges her marriage to a French lieutenant against her wishes. As armed forces threaten her beloved home, Jeanne risks all to rally the city’s women in the fight of their lives.

'In 1797, unbeknownst to their father, feisty and brave Betsy, her brother and their best friend secretly join the rebel army, hoping to liberate Ireland from the tyrannical yoke of English rule.

'In 1960's Australia, country-girl Fiona desperately wants to fit in at university and joins the anti-Vietnam protest movement, despite her family’s objections. When a friend is conscripted, Fiona’s beliefs are challenged even further.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon White Night Ellie Marney , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 12289546 2018 single work novel young adult

'In Bo Mitchell's country town, a 'White Night' light-show event has the potential to raise vital funds to save the skate park. And out of town, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden has the potential to change the way Bo sees the world. But are there too many secrets in Eden?

'As Bo is drawn away from his friends and towards Rory, he gradually comes to believe that Eden may not be utopia after all, and that their group leader's goal to go off the grid may be more permanent - and more dangerous - than anyone could have predicted.

'A wonderfully compelling novel from the acclaimed author of the Every series.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon Inside the Tiger Hayley Lawrence , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 14620681 2018 single work novel young adult

'It’s not because Bel’s mother was murdered.
It’s not because her father is a politician.
Bel writes to a Death Row prisoner as an easy way out of an assignment.

'But now he’s written back.

'Drawn to Micah’s world inside a Thai prison, Bel finds herself falling for the boy with ragged hair, shackles and a terrible past. But is she setting herself up for more loss? And will loving him mean losing the people who mean the most to her at home?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Catching Teller Crow Ambelin Kwaymullina , Ezekiel Kwaymullina , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14072595 2018 single work novel young adult

'Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her—and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. As it unravels, Beth finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel weaves together themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Art of Taxidermy Sharon Kernot , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13940872 2018 single work novel young adult

'LOTTIE is fascinated with death. She collects birds, lizards and other small dead animals she finds, trying preserve them, to hold onto the life they once had. Her aunt tries to put a stop to this worrying obsession, but her father can see a scientist’s mind at work, and he introduces her to the art of taxidermy.

'For Lottie, the beauty and tenderness she finds in her preserved creatures provide a way for her to feel close to the mother she lost.

'The Art of Taxidermy is an exquisitely imagined verse novel about sadness and loss, and the way art and beauty can help us make sense of it all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon A Song Only I Can Hear Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13659130 2018 single work novel young adult

'Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomit, and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not.

'Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon The Bogan Mondrian Steven Herrick , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14870840 2018 single work novel young adult

'There are worse things than school.'

'Luke sleepwalks through his days wagging school, swimming at the reservoir and eating takeaway pizza.

'That is until Charlotte shows up.

'Rumour is she got expelled from her city school and her family moved to the Blue Mountains for a fresh start.

'But when Luke's invited to her house, he discovers there's a lot more going on than meets the eye.' (Publication summary)

2019 y separately published work icon P is for Pearl Eliza Henry-Jones , Melbourne : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 12364838 2018 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn P. Pearson has become very good at not thinking about the awful things that have happened to her family. She has also become used to people talking about her dead mum. Or not talking about her and just looking at Gwen sympathetically. And it’s easy not to think about awful things when there are wild beaches to run along, best friends Loretta and Gordon to hang out with - and a stepbrother to take revenge on.

'But following a strange disturbance at the cafe where she works, Gwen is forced to confront what happened to her family all those years ago. And she slowly comes to realise that people aren’t as they first appear and that like her, everyone has a story to tell.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon The Finder Kate Hendrick , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13940982 2018 single work novel young adult

'They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But maybe that’s because a book doesn’t get to choose its own cover. A person does get to choose what they look like. It says something about them, just like any other action they might do. And why would anybody act like a tool unless that’s exactly what they are?

'WHEN Lindsay meets Elias, the signs aren’t promising. She’s a grungy introvert who doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He’s a teen fashionista who can’t shut the hell up. But since Lindsay tracked down a young runaway, word has got around that she knows how to find people. Elias is looking for his birth mother and he thinks Lindsay can help.

'The thing is, Lindsay wasn’t actually trying to find anyone. It’s just how she looks at the world. Scanning every house, every face, every car. That’s because someone is missing in Lindsay’s life: her identical twin, Frankie, who disappeared when they were seven. Since then, her parents have kept themselves busy. And angry. And Lindsay has been...looking.

'In Elias, despite their differences, she might have found someone to look with.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Amelia Westlake Erin Gough , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 13810451 2018 single work novel young adult romance

'Harriet Price has the perfect life: she’s a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she decides to risk it all by helping bad-girl Will Everhart expose the school’s many ongoing issues, Harriet tells herself it’s because she too is seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating.

'Will Everhart can’t stand posh people like Harriet, but even she has to admit Harriet's ideas are good – and they’ll keep Will from being expelled. That’s why she teams up with Harriet to create Amelia Westlake, a fake student who can take the credit for a series of provocative pranks at their school.

'But the further Will and Harriet’s hoax goes, the harder it is for the girls to remember they’re sworn enemies – and to keep Amelia Westlake’s true identity hidden. As tensions burn throughout the school, how far will they go to keep Amelia Westlake – and their feelings for each other – a secret?' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon Girl Running, Boy Falling Kate Gordon , Capalaba : Rhiza Press , 2018 14027997 2018 single work novel young adult

'Sixteen-year-old Therese lives in a small town on a small island. Her Aunt Kath calls her Tiger. Her friends call her Resey. The boy she loves calls her Champ. She’s a lot of different things for a lot of different people. Therese has always had her feet on the ground. She’s running through high school, but someone in her life is about to fall … And when he does, her perfect world falls with him. For the first time in her life, Therese can’t stand being on the ground. Girl Running, Boy Falling is a raw read about a girl and boy—who are beautifully flawed.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon Changing Gear Scot Gardner , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13721258 2018 single work novel young adult

'Merrick Hilton's done a runner. His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs. But there's no telling how he'll handle roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance, let alone the rough stuff. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke Merrick meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon Lenny's Book of Everything Karen Foxlee , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14228021 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'“I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared. 'Whatever you do,' I said to Davey on the walk to school, 'Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.' He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn't fallen off.”

'Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing—and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world—beetles, birds, quasars, quartz—and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother's health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake. An outstanding novel about heartbreak and healing by an award-winning author.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Small Spaces Sarah Epstein , Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13957629 2018 single work novel young adult thriller

'We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.”

'Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Hive A. J. Betts , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 13724645 2018 single work novel young adult

'All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

A drip? It doesn't make sense.

Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

Curiosity is a hook.

What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 y separately published work icon The Things that Will Not Stand Michael Gerard Bauer , Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2018 14873596 2018 single work novel young adult

'Sebastian is at a university open day with his best friend Tolly when he meets a girl. Her name is Frida, and she's edgy, caustic and funny. She's also a storyteller, but the stories she tells about herself don't ring true, and as their surprising and eventful day together unfolds, Sebastian struggles to sort the fact from the fiction. But how much can he expect Frida to share in just one day? And how much of his own self and his own secrets will he be willing to reveal in return?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 y separately published work icon Between Us Clare Atkins , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2018 12259282 2018 single work novel young adult

'Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them?

'Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’.

'Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he’s been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he’s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.

'Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job; he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Older Readers y separately published work icon The Tides Between Elizabeth Jane Corbett , Fyshwick : Odyssey Books , 2017 12047675 2017 single work novel fantasy young adult

'In 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairytales to the far side of the world.

'When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning.

'As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairy tales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 y separately published work icon Take Three Girls Cath Crowley , Simmone Howell , Fiona Wood , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 11545468 2017 single work novel young adult

'Kate, a quiet boarder, making some risky choices to pursue the experimental music she loves.

'Clem, shrugging off her old swim-team persona, exploring her first sexual relationship, and trying to keep her annoying twin, Iris, at arm's length.

'Ady, grappling with a chaotic family, and wondering who her real friends are; she's not the confident A-lister she appears to be.

'When St Hilda's establishes a Year 10 Wellness Program in response to the era of cyber-bullying, the three girls are thrown together and an unlikely friendship is sparked. One thing they have in common: each is targeted by PSST, a site devoted to gossip and slander that must have a source within St Hilda's.

Who can you trust when rumour is the new truth?' (Publication Summary)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie : Founding Father or Failure? Michael Sedunary , Kew East : Berbay Books , 2017 10781516 2017 single work biography children's

'The story of Lachlan Macquarie is an important story in the history of modern Australia that has been largely lost to the current generation of school children. Whilst we’ve all seen many things named after Macquarie, few realise the important role he played in the Australia we know today.

'Lachlan Macquarie’s gravestone bears the inscription, ‘Father of Australia’. That’s quite a claim, but is this a title Macquarie really deserves? He is rightly celebrated for his inspired infrastructure building and his enlightened treatment of convicts and emancipists, but his treatment of the Indigenous population was far from enlightened. And then there was the Bigge report to the British Parliament that was scathing in its criticism of Macquarie’s governorship, on the grounds that he was far too ‘democratic’. So how are we to think of this towering figure of Australian history: founding father or failure?

'Michael Sedunary’s narrative is both informative and interactive; he poses questions and points out modern parallels. Bern Emmerichs’ extraordinary illustrations capture the lively naïveté of the painting and drawings of that time with the sophisticated, clever techniques of illustration today. The illustrations all painted on large ceramic tiles that are individually fired between each layer of colour.' (Publication summary)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon Koala Claire Saxby , Julie Vivas (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11615885 2017 single work picture book children's

'It is time for Little Koala to leave the protection of his mother. But many challenges and dangers lie ahead for him as he searches for his own home eucalypt and learns to be independent. During his search he encounters other territorial koalas, wanders through a bushfire-ravaged landscape and endures a night of storms.' (Synopsis)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines Prue Mason , Kerry Mason , Tom Jellett (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11102194 2017 single work picture book information book children's

'Author and licensed pilot Prue Mason shares how a handful of early aviators helped Australia reach beyond its borders to lands far away.

'Imagine what it was like to travel to far-off places before there were aeroplanes. For early 20th-century Australians, it could take days, weeks, or months just to get where they were going. Amazing Australians and Their Flying Machines tells the stories of ten brave Australians, including the youngest licensed woman pilot Nancy Bird, who took to the skies and changed the face of aviation forever.

'Entertaining and informational text, alongside archival photography and humorous illustrations from Tom Jellett, make this a perfect read for young readers interested in aviation and Australian history.

'Co-authors Prue and Kerry Mason are both licensed pilots. Together they restore classic airplanes and take the skies as often as they can.

Great for classroom use with its "Did You Know" sidebars and friendly informational text, but it's also fun and entertaining, making this a great option for the trades.' (Publication summary)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon The Story of Australia Robert Lewis , North Sydney : Random House , 2017 10681340 2017 single work information book

'This detailed illustrated history of Australia journeys from the formation of the continent to the growth of a modern, thriving nation. Clear, accessible text offers explanations of key events and the people behind them.

'From the enduring cultures of Australia’s Indigenous people, European exploration and colonisation, and the tragic impacts of two world wars, The Story of Australia concludes with the exciting fast-paced development of the last decades of the 20th century.

'Produced in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, The Story of Australia draws on the museum’s rich collection of objects, photographs and artefacts. Entertaining, colourful and inviting, The Story of Australia is the essential history resource for every home and library.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon A Is for Australian Animals Frane Lessac , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11610677 2017 single work picture book children's

'A factastic tour of Australian animals, by award-winning author-illustrator Frané Lessac!

'Australia is full of the most amazing animals on the planet! What animal has six thumbs? What animal produces square poo? What animal is made up of 95 per cent water and is highly venomous? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic tour of Australian animals.' (Publication summary)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon M Is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet John Dickson , Bern Emmerichs (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2017 11570785 2017 single work picture book children's

'In the late 18th century, ragtag groups of Europeans started to arrive in Australia. Most were convicts, some were soldiers, a few had just run out of choices. They blundered onto an ancient land that had been peopled for 60,000 years. They wanted to make it just like home. They cleared the land, they fenced it, they paved it and they put buildings on it. All the while, the country's first peoples watched on, bewildered by these clumsy immigrants and their mysterious ways...

'M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet is a taste of the intriguing history of Australia and the many entry points for children to explore further. Why did Sir Joseph Banks hate bananas? Did anyone like William Bligh?? Where is Yemmerrawanne?' (Publication summary)

2018 Eva Pownall Award for Information Books y separately published work icon Do Not Lick This Book Idan Ben-Barak , Julian Frost (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10954082 2017 single work picture book children's

'Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt.

'The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Flapper VC Mark Wilson , Mark Wilson (illustrator), Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 10790913 2017 single work picture book children's

'Flapper, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II. Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper is sent off to war in the Pacific. While on patrol deep in the jungle, Flapper's unit find themselves surrounded by enemy troops. With no other means of communication, the men's only hope of survival is Flapper, who has to evade enemy snipers and machine guns to get a message through to save the patrol.

'Flapper was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his actions that day, and his medal is proudly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

'This memorable tale, illustrated with Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, is a moving story of animals in war.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Ruben Bruce Whatley , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 11547583 2017 single work picture book children's science fiction

'Ruben’s dreams were of places that made no sense to him.

'Places that didn’t exist. At least not anymore.

'Ruben lives in a safe place in a city that takes everything and gives nothing back. He begins to feel that he is in danger and ventures to Block City where he meets Koji. She too has been hiding from the dangers of the industrial city and its excesses. Ruben and Koji realise that if they combine their knowledge of how the city works they can find a way to escape . . . together. 

(Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Koala Bare Jackie French , Matt Shanks (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2017 11539765 2017 single work picture book children's

'Some bears wear pants and live in cottages in the woods ... but this koala is out to prove to the world that he is BARE! And that never, ever ever can a koala be a bear... From the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Diary of a Wombat comes a hilariously funny picture book that Jackie French has created with talented new illustrator Matt Shanks. Ages: 3 years+' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Florette Anna Walker , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2017 10711525 2017 single work picture book children's

'When Mae has to move house from the country to the city, she feels lonely and sad - until she discovers a beautiful place full of green in the centre of Paris.

'What she finds there sparks something special and beautiful that will make her feel much more at home. ' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Sleeping Beauty David McAllister , Gabriela Tylesova (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2017 12793448 2017 single work picture book children's fantasy

'The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendour, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all.

'Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister’s impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova’s lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success.

'Now David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty to the pages of this book. David’s text and Gabriela’s illustrations recreate the world of this favourite ballet for readers to enjoy again and again.

'Based on the spectacular Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty. ' (Introduction)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Sloth Who Came to Stay Margaret Wild , Vivienne To (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11534611 2017 single work picture book children's

'A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay by the award-winning author of Fox and Ruby Roars.

'Amy's family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play - until the afternoon Amy brings home a sloth. Then things start changing very, very slowly ...

'A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from award-winning author Margaret Wild.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Storm Whale Sarah Brennan , Jane Tanner (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10953650 2017 single work picture book children's

'A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach.

'Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down when I and my sisters walked to town ...

'So begins the story of three sisters who find a whale stranded on a windswept beach and try to save it.

'With a powerful, poetic text, wonderful to read aloud, and illustrations full of life and movement, Storm Whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon My Friend Tertius Corinne Fenton , Owen Swan (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10673792 2017 single work picture book children's

'A delightful and heartwarming picture book about a WWII code-breaker and his pet gibbon, from best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Owen Swan.

'One question kept echoing in my mind - if I had to leave, what would I do with Tertius?

'This is the true story of two lives brought together by chance. Arthur Cooper, working in intelligence for the British Government in pre-war Hong Kong, rescues a small gibbon and names him Tertius. Together they escape to a safe place - but is it for always?' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Fish Jane Stadermann , Jane Stadermann (illustrator), Sydney : Rabbit Books , 2017 12993489 2017 single work picture book children's

'Through a myriad of pages of water and surf, we follow Little Penguin who is looking for dinner. Delightful illustrations engage the reader as the author gently asks about Little Penguin’s movements. Quintessentially Australian with its surf, surfer, fish, shark and fairy penguin, this endearing tale will delight. To top it off, this little book is handmade from scratch to finish in Australia from recycled materials.'

Source: Publisher's website.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Swan Lake Anne Spudvilas , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11531110 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'The iconic ballet Swan Lake, the tragic love story of a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, has been revered for more than a century. In this atmospheric adaptation, one of Australia's most talented visual artists reimagines the classic tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak in the dramatic riverscape of the Murray-Darling.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Gus Dog Goes to Work Rachel Flynn , Craig Smith (illustrator), Kingswood : Working Title Press , 2017 11466581 2017 single work picture book children's

'Every day Gus Dog goes to work in the back of the Ute with his owner, Tom the shearer. But one morning Gus wakes up to find Tom and the Ute gone. So Gus Dog decides to go to work on his own.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Once upon a Small Rhinoceros A Rhino's Tale Megan McKinlay , Leila Rudge (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 9663339 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away ... From the duo behind award-winning picture book No Bears comes a simple yet inspirational tale about challenging the norm, pushing boundaries and being true to oneself.' (Synopsis)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Merry Everything Tania McCartney , Jess Racklyeft (illustrator), Melbourne : Windy Hollow , 2017 12992556 2017 single work picture book children's

'It’s Christmas Eve and the world is buzzing with busy. With baubles to hang, shimmer to drape and scrumptious treats to prepare, enjoy this peek inside the festive homes of animals all over the world. From deer baking gingerbread to elephants gobbling candy canes and ducks snapping crackers, join these adorable creatures as they celebrate the togetherness that is Christmas.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Glitch Michelle Worthington , Andrew Plant (illustrator), Abbotsford : Ford Street , 2017 11670548 2017 single work picture book children's

'Glitch spends his life searching through mountains of mouldy mess at the dump. He wants to make the fastest billycart ever. This year, he will be competing in the Big Race! 

'But will his twitch stop him from winning?' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Clare's Goodbye Libby Gleeson , Anna Pignataro (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11609500 2017 single work picture book children's

'Libby Gleeson tells a poignant story about letting go, with evocative illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Anna Pignataro. ' (Publication summary)
 

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon A Walk in the Bush Gwyn Perkins , Gwyn Perkins (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2017 11024967 2017 single work picture book children's

'Little Iggy doesn’t want to leave the house, but Grandad insists – they always have fun together. What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour. Here is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love.' (Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Pea Pod Lullaby Glenda Millard , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11535325 2017 single work picture book children's

'Words sing over the pictures in this evocative story: a beautiful lullaby about what we can be for each other. A mother and baby, a boy and a dog run for their lives. A little boat carries them across the sea. A polar bear, too, has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? An inspiring and timely story of courage, endurance and hope . . . for a world in which we can reach out and embrace one another.'

Source: Publisher's burb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Whatcha Building? Andrew Daddo , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2017 11338920 2017 single work picture book children's

'The old milk bar on the corner is coming down to make way for something new. Little Davey Durak is gathering scrap - a short piece of wood here, a long piece there.

'But what's Davey building? Bruce the builder wants to know, but Davey won't tell ...

'Bestselling author Andrew Daddo and award-winning illustrator Stephen Michael King come together for the first time to bring you this very special picture book.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Henry's Pirate Adventure Livinia Nixon , Heath McKenzie (illustrator), Hawthorn : Lake Press , 2017 12990014 2017 single work picture book children's

'Henry is just a normal boy. But one day, as he is walking home from school, he sees a water bottle on the ground. What follows is a brilliant idea for an adventure!

'Follow Henry and his wondrous imagination as he builds a ship fit for a pirate.

'What will happen when he sets sail?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Big Fella Rain Beryl Webber , Fern Martins (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2017 11429405 2017 single work picture book children's

'Big Fella Rain is a celebration of northern Australia as animals, birds, trees and a parched earth await the first rain. It is almost as if country stands still as the sparse yet evocative text pays homage to the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world.

'Fern Martins illustrations seamlessly portray the dramatic skies, the thirsty animals and tiny creatures whose very existence rely on the monsoonal changes. Her exquisite rendering of the big landscape against the subtle shifts in the environment have a timeless quality that will capture the hearts of all readers.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon What's Up Top? Marc Martin , Marc Martin (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2017 11625759 2017 single work picture book children's

'What's at the top of the ladder? Is it a hat? Is it a cat? Is it a snail on a whale? Simple, playful and absurdist, this new picture book by Marc Martin is about imagination and creativity. Reminiscent of Press Here by Herve Tullet, Dr Seuss and I Want my Hat Back by Jon Glasson.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Slowly! Slowly! T.M. Clark , Hélène Magisson (illustrator), Capalaba : Wombat Books , 2017 12568304 2017 single work picture book

'Slowly, slowly, you catch a monkey ...

'Bongani wants to go to school but he is too young. To prove to his family that he is big and strong just like his cousins, he tries to catch a monkey.

'Slowly, slowly, he must go.

'Luckily his family is there is to school him in the lessons of patience and compassion.

'Adapted from a South African story, this variation of ‘Softly, softly, catchee monkey’ was originally an Ashanti (Ghana) proverb quoted by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Archie and the Bear Zanni Louise , David Mackintosh (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11520625 2017 single work picture book children's

'Archie has something to say, but no one is listening. So Archie leaves home … and discovers someone else with something to say. And because they both know how that feels, they both listen.

'This is a quirky story about being who you are (even when you’re not), by Zanni Louise and with illustrations by the inimitably wonderful David Mackintosh. ' (Publication summary)
 

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Very Noisy Baby Alison Lester , Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2017 11545285 2017 single work picture book children's

'Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud.But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous story, full of action, fun (and noise!) from Australia's most-loved picture book creator.' (Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Feathers Phil Cummings , Phil Lesnie (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10283823 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'The sandpiper stretched its wings in the chilling breeze. It knew it was time to leave... so it took flight.

'Follow the feathers as they fall along this exquisite journey of heartache, hope and home.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Danny Blue's Really Excellent Dream Max Landrak , Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2017 11544019 2017 single work picture book

'A book about creativity, comfort zones - and colour.

'A story about a curious and inventive boy that will make kids think about how each of us sees the world.

'Danny Blue lives in a world where everything is blue. And while there are many different shades and hues, everything is essentially the same. But then one night Danny sees something in a dream that is unlike anything else. He tried to describe it, but no one can understand what he means, and so he decides to create the thing he saw in his Really Excellent Dream (or R.E.D.).

'A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story about invention, dreams and thinking outside the box.' (Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Grandma Forgets Paul Russell , Nicky Johnston (illustrator), Wollombi : Exisle Publishing , 2017 12989780 2017 single work picture book children's

'Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

'But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.

'This is a warm, hopeful story about a family who sometimes needs to remind their grandmother a little more often than they used to about how much they care. She might not remember any of their names but she will always know how much she is loved.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon A Very Quacky Christmas Frances Watts , Ann James (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2017 12139593 2017 single work picture book children's

We wish you a quacky Christmas …' Samantha Duck is getting ready for Christmas. ‘I'm going to give presents to animals all over the world!' Her friend Sebastian tells her not to bother. ‘Christmas is not for animals,' he says. But with the help of her farmyard friends, Samantha sets out to prove that Christmas is for everyone. A joyous tale of giving and sharing from two award-winning Australian creators.'  (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Man in the Panama Hat and the Windy, Windy Day Joachim Gevert , Ffranses Ingram (illustrator), Glebe : Little Steps , 2017 12021737 2017 single work picture book children's

'The Man in the Panama Hat would love nothing more than staying indoors. Every time he leaves the house, something goes wrong. Can Mr Black Cat convince his friend to venture outside and have some fun?

'A windy, windy day awaits!'  (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Papa Sky Jane Jolly , Sally Heinrich (illustrator), Adelaide City : MidnightSun , 2017 11544797 2017 single work picture book children's

'Papa Sky sits where earth meets sky, until one night the wind blows him down, down, down through the cloud forest, where he lands with a bump.

What will happen next? Who will help him?' (Synopsis)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Drawn Onward Megan McKinlay , Andrew Frazer (illustrator), North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2017 11610084 2017 single work picture book young adult

'The text is a palindrome - in the first half reading as a dire denunciation, and in the second, reversed, is a call to hope. It graphically and cleverly illustrates that the very same situation can be viewed quite differently depending on perspective. From the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all'; to the glass half full- 'you can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.'' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The World's Worst Pirate Michelle Worthington , Katrin Dreiling (illustrator), Armidale : Little Pink Dog Books , 2017 11563575 2017 single work picture book children's

'Pirates are swashbuckling, treasure hunting, buccaneers of the seven seas. But if your mother is the Pirate Captain and you can’t stand on deck without getting seasick… that makes William the World’s Worst Pirate. When the ship is attacked, can he use his own special talent to save the day?' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Jerome's Gift Trent Denham , Trent Denham (illustrator), Melbourne : Condotta Press , 2017 12989593 2017 single work picture book children's fantasy

'Over mountain and valley and stream he must go,

'Across perilous sea, to a place where they know

'Of a kindly old Uncle who might lend some aid.

'The council agreed that a plan must be made.

'This most dangerous duty was all up to him,

'To provide precious food for his withering kin.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Millie Loves Ants Jackie French , Sue deGennaro (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Children's Books , 2017 9589863 2017 single work picture book children's

''My friend Millie just loves ants.'

'Emily is intrigued to know why Millie the echidna loves ants so much. And so Emily carefully observes Millie until she discovers her secret.

'Millie is collecting food for her baby puggle!

'Created by talented duo Jackie French and Sue deGennaro, this delightful book explores the fascinating behaviour of these mammals.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Andy Web : Artist Maree Coote , South Melbourne : Melbournestyle Books , 2017 10293609 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy Web studied Art at the National Gallery. It was his dream to exhibit there one day. This delightful book tells the story of Andy Web, a tiny, talented spider who loves to draw and is determined to make it big. But there is one creative skill he cannot master... Colour! How will he ever achieve his dream? Join Andy, the original artist-in-residence, as he gets up close and personal with the great masters to learn all he can about art. This charming tale of creative fulfillment through passion and ingenuity is centred around the journey of a lovable character. Delivered with humour and unique illustrations, it offers a gentle introduction to Art Practice and Art Appreciation. Includes teachers notes.' (Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Heads and Tails John Canty , John Canty (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2017 10866222 2017 single work picture book children's

'Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children’s picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.

'Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and clues such as where an animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the animal makes. The effect is that each page presents an engaging yet accessible mini mystery for the child to solve. Accordingly, the young reader’s inevitable participation in the process of discovery is ensures the book’s enjoyment. ' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Mopoke Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2017 10284462 2017 single work picture book children's

'This is a mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet. He is about to find out that you can’t always get what you want. Visually brilliant and hysterically funny, Philip Bunting’s pictures tell a thousand words, with the support of very sparse, very hilarious, text. This is a book destined to become a classic.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Anzac Tree Christina Booth , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10293636 2017 single work children's fiction children's war literature

'Inspired by the story of two soldiers who planted two trees on their farm before they headed to the Great War, the story of the Anzac Tree is one that looks at the lives of those left behind in times of war.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Great Rabbit Chase Freya Blackwood , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 11532361 2017 single work picture book children's

'Gumboots is a beautiful pet rabbit, but he likes to escape. A story that celebrates what it means to live in a community and a reminder that life is full of surprises.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Guff Aaron Blabey , North Sydney : Viking , 2017 11572286 2017 single work picture book children's

This is my Guff.
He’s really nice.
I’ve known him since I was little.
And I still know him even now I’m big…

A funny and delightful picture book for 4+ for anyone who's ever had a little fabric friend. 

(Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Tales from a Tall Forest Shaun Micallef , Jonathan Bentley (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11545420 2017 single work picture book children's

'When an innocent princess wanders into the forest, she finds herself trapped between a wolf with a ravenous appetite and a sweet little house with a secret. Meanwhile, a desperate fisherman enters into a very bad bargain with a power-hungry monkey. And meanerwhile still, a tiny tricksy tailor promises a promise that not even the most magic of beanstalks can help him escape.

'In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures. Illustrated by award-winning artist Jonathan Bentley, this subversively silly trilogy will captivate parents and children alike – and indignant fairytale authors too. ' (Synopsis)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon The Second Sky Patrick Guest , Jonathan Bentley (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11881206 2017 single work picture book children's

'The first thing Gilbert sees when he hatches from his egg is the sky. It is love at first sight and from that moment on Gilbert longs to fly like other birds. 

'But Penguins don’t fly, they waddle, and so begins Gilbert's quest to find his place in the world. 

'Great things happen when you reach for the sky.' (Publication summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Gaolbird : The True Story of William Swallow, Convict and Pirate Simon Barnard , Simon Barnard (illustrator), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2017 12790555 2017 single work picture book children's historical fiction

'It’s 23 October 1821 and convict William Swallow stands on the deck of the Malabar for muster. He is wearing a canary yellow convict uniform and his legs are chained. He’s just completed the 121-day sea voyage from London to Hobart Town, but his wild and audacious adventures have barely begun.

'He’ll soon ditch the convict uniform and the chains, take part in a mutiny, become a pirate captain and fool the world in what just might be the most outrageous and unbelievable true story in Australia’s convict history. ' (Publication Summary)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Aquatica : A Beginner's Field Guide Lance Balchin , Lance Balchin (illustrator), Richmond : Five Mile Press , 2017 10187732 2017 single work picture book children's science fiction

'Welcome to future Earth. Our oceans have become polluted to such an extent that all marine life is now just a memory. Rising from the murky depths stirs new mechanical life, created by humans and now evolving outside any control. These new species have grown to threaten humanity as we know it. Welcome to the world of Aquatica.' (Back cover)

2018 Picture Book of the Year y separately published work icon Ten Pound Pom Carole Wilkinson , Melbourne : Black Dog Books , 2017 12207505 2017 single work autobiography children's

'I don’t want to go to Australia. I have just started grammar school. My best friend Sally goes there too. But it looks like there could be another war and Dad has convinced Mum to go. Because we’re migrants, the voyage is costing Mum and Dad only £10 each. My brother Brian and I are travelling free. It’s a long way to Australia. What if we never come back to England? In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson’s immigration to Australia.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Nanna's Button Tin Dianne Wolfer , Heather Potter (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11402278 2017 single work picture book children's

'Nanna’s button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. A button for teddy. A beautiful story about memories and the stories that shape a family. ' (Synopsis)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Can You Find Me? Gordon Winch , Patrick Shirvington (illustrator), Glebe : New Frontier , 2017 11546781 2017 single work picture book children's

'Search for an echidna, a powerful owl, a frog and many more animals hidden on every page. Pat Shirvington's striking illustrations hide each one of the animals just enough for the guessing to begin.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon That Christmas Feeling Lili Wilkinson , Amanda Francey (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11533892 2017 single work picture book children's

'Dottie is waiting for the Christmas feeling to arrive—that fizzy, excited feeling, where everything is a bit magical. But this year, Dottie, her brother, Jem, and their dog, Shortbread, are staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma and Grandpa are trying hard, but Christmas just isn't the same . . . A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon One Keen Koala Margaret Wild , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10284513 2017 single work picture book children's

'One keen koala and all his animal friends are ready for school! Count along in this beautiful introduction to the fun of school from two of Australia’s favourite award-winning picture book creators.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? Kylie Westaway , Tom Jellett (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11535371 2017 single work picture book children's

'Who wants to be a flowergirl when they could be a dinosaur? Today is Aunt Daisy's wedding and Nellie knows exactly what she wants to wear—and it's not her flowergirl dress. Why Can't I be a Dinosaur? is a warm family story about determination and ingenuity, and a wedding with a difference— an hilarious read-aloud story for every dinosaur-loving child.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon The Scared Book Debra Tidball , Kim Siew (illustrator), Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 11635995 2017 single work picture book children's

'It's story time, but this book has bad news - as soon as it realises there are monsters in it, it's too scared to tell you the rest of the story! Can you help it feel better? It needs you to rub away its goosebumps, blow away the giant butterflies in its tummy, and fan away the yucky smell the monsters have left behind. A fun and quirky interactive story, with distinctive and stylish illustrations from an innovative young illustrator and muralist.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Molly the Pirate Lorraine Teece , Paul Seden (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2017 11477973 2017 single work picture book children's

'Young Molly’s imagination knows no bounds when she transforms her Australian backyard into an adventure playground on the high seas. Molly conjures up a pirate ship on her inland horizon and takes her loyal cat and dog along for the ride as she rows across the choppy ocean to the unsuspecting pirates. On board, she meets a feisty crew of salty buccaneers who look suspiciously like her own farmyard chickens. They are no match for Molly’s daring exploits as she walks the plank, dances jolly jigs, scrambles up the rigging (or is that a clothesline?) and steers the ship like a true seafaring adventurer.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Eric the Postie Matt Shanks , Matt Shanks (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10954454 2017 single work picture book children's

'Eric had a dream... he knew he could be the best postman ever. There was one big obstacle—he didn’t have any mail to deliver. Eric is not going to let that stop him... An adorable, heartwarming story about chasing your big dreams, no matter how little you are.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Hark, It's Me, Ruby Lee Lisa Shanahan , Binny (illustrator), Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 12981173 2017 single work picture book children's

'Ruby Lee is a little girl with a very big imagination. Every week Ruby's teacher, Mrs Majestic-Jones, asks special people to do special jobs in her class. Ruby would do anything to be the messenger, as she's the best in her class at announcing. But will her wild imagination get in the way?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon Road Trip Danny Parker , Nathaniel Eckstrom (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11880965 2017 single work picture book children's

'The only thing worse than a long and boring road trip is driving with someone who loves long and boring road trips. Even when that someone is your dad. 

'A hilarious story about a child who becomes increasingly exasperated by his father's inclination to take it slow.' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood y separately published work icon My Dog Socks Robyn Osborne , Sadami Konchi (illustrator), Ormond : Ford Street , 2018 11571609 2018 single work picture book children's

'Join Socks in his secret world, where imagination rules and the everyday becomes extraordinary. While most people think Socks is just an ordinary dog, through a child’s eyes he becomes an enchanted character of many disguises – a chameleon who changes with his environment. One day he’s a contented cow rolling in grass, the next a sleek seal basking on rocks, or even a terrible tiger, sprinting from hunters and searching for prey. 

'Regardless of his many guises however, Socks offers a dog’s unconditional love and loyalty, for ‘when he is by my side, he is my best friend’. ' (Publication summary)

2018 Early Childhood