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'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)

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Boy From the Mish Ready When You Are Gary J. Lonesborough , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20461106 2021 single work novel young adult

'A heartwarming queer Indigenous Own Voices love story, from a startlingly talented debut author.

'Seventeen-year-old Jackson is living with his family on the Mish (former Aboriginal mission), hanging out with his mates, having problems with his girlfriend, teasing the tourists, and avoiding the racist boys in town. Jackson’s Aunty and cousins are visiting from the city for the summer holidays again. And this time Tomas, a mysterious boy, has come with them. While his mum and Aunty try to finish artwork, Jackson and Tomas grow close. As their friendship evolves, Jackson struggles with the changing shape of their relationship, self-acceptance and identity, and whether he’ll still be accepted by friends, family, and his Aboriginal community.

'Compelling, honest and beautifully written, The Boy from the Mish is a first novel like no other.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please Nadia L. King , England : Dixi Books , 2021 22603105 2021 single work novel graphic novel young adult

'When Jake Rollins isn't worrying about his dad going ape-sh*t, he's busy creating out-of-this-world manga and hanging out with his best mate. Jake and his mum spend their lives dodging Jake's dad's fists, but it's the last year of high school and Jake has the perfect plan to escape home. All he has to do is nab a scholarship to Tokyo where he'll learn how to be a professional manga artist. But before then, Jake has to navigate his final year of high school, and keep himself, his mum and their dog alive. Baba Ami may look like an ordinary Australian Terrier but she's more like Jake's spiritual guide. She's got tons of wisdom, plus she talks, but the only person who can hear her is Jake. She's not the only surprising thing about Jake's life – his anime hero, Takehiko sometimes inexplicably comes to life. He's Jake's role model for friendship, bravery and being true to yourself. And let's face it, Jake needs all the help he can get when he ends up complicating his life by kissing his best friend, Phee and getting in with Clay Perez, the local graffiti artist who is always in trouble with the police.

'Jake's life takes a turn for the worst when he's arrested after Clay Perez dobs him in. When his dad throws him out of the house, he ends up being a homeless teenager with nowhere to go. Thank goodness for best friends. Life gets even more complicated when Jake's portrait of his dad ends up in the local paper. It will be a miracle if they don't all end up dead like Jake's little sister, Katie. 

'This is a story of survival, resurgence, and what it means to be bigger than where you come from. With themes of friendship, coming-of-age, family abuse, survival, creativity, courage and diversity, Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please? is a warm-hearted hopeful story about being true to yourself and learning to be brave.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Dark Rise C. S. Pacat , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21360265 2021 single work novel fantasy young adult

'THE DARK WILL RISE. WHO WILL FALL? WHO WILL STAND?

'The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are ruins, and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember, and they keep their centuries-long vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns.

'Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant tells him of his destiny to fight beside the Stewards, Will is ushered into a world of magic, where he must train to play a vital role in the oncoming battle against the Dark.

'As London is threatened by the Dark King's return, the reborn heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war begin to draw battle lines. But as the young descendants of Light and Dark step into their destined roles, old allegiances, old enmities and old flames are awakened. Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the dark fate that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Dirt Circus League Maree Kimberley , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20857814 2021 single work novel fantasy

'I stumbled towards the Meat House, my body shaking with the violence that raged within me, as the realisation of the mistake I had made in coming here rose to the surface of my mind. This was the last place I should be. That thought was crossed by another, even more terrifying.

'This is exactly where I belong.

'Asa’s running from a troubled past. To a remote outback town, a disappointing father and a fresh start that’s already souring.

'But then the notorious Dirt Circus League arrives. A troupe of outcast teens performing spectacular fight sequences and challenging any who dares to take part.

'They’re ruthless. Menacing. Thrilling. And led by the magnetic Quarter. He’s dark, powerful and intensely attractive—and he faces a threat only Asa can see.

'Will Asa be drawn into the league’s mysterious community?

'And, as she discovers the violent secrets at its heart, will she delve into her own untapped abilities to save herself—and heal those caught in its evil web?

'Dirt Circus League is a compelling and fast-paced novel about the powerful allure of danger and the battles we face with our demons in a world beyond our control.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Evacuation Road H. M. Waugh , Capalaba : Rhiza Press , 2021 21007046 2021 single work novel young adult

'Eva is far from home when everything goes wrong. 

'And then it gets even worse. 

'Her evacuation bus leaves her behind, stranded with classmates she barely knows. The chase is on. But South America is big, and the old rules are changing quickly. This is the road trip Eva never knew she needed. 

'This is the race for the last flight home.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Gaps Leanne Hall , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20080482 2021 single work novel young adult

'What does it mean to be the one left behind?

'When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller.

'Police suspect the abduction is the work of a serial offender, with none in the community safe from suspicion. Everyone is affected by Yin’s disappearance—even scholarship student Chloe, who usually stays out of Balmoral drama, is drawn into the maelstrom. And when she begins to form an uneasy alliance with the queen of Year Ten, Natalia, things get even more complicated.

'Looking over their shoulders at every turn, Chloe and Natalia must come together to cope with their fear and grief as best they can. A tribute to friendship in all its guises, The Gaps is a moving examination of vulnerability and strength, safety and danger, and the particular uncertainty of being a young woman in the world.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Girls in Boys' Cars Felicity Castagna , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2021 21856922 2021 single work novel young adult

'Rosa was never really trying to kill anyone, no matter what they said in court.

'But she's ended up in juvenile jail anyway, living her life through books and wondering why her best mate Asheeka disappeared.

'A page-turning novel about a complicated friendship; a road trip through NSW in a stolen car; the stories that define us; and two funny, sharp, adventurous young women who refuse to be held back any longer. (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Henry Hamlet’s Heart Rhiannon Ratcliffe Wilde , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 19703390 2021 single work novel young adult 'Henry is neurotic and insecure: academically gifted, but directionless. School captain, but largely unpopular, he navigates the social mires of the private school scene with difficulty and hilarity by hiding behind his enigmatic best friend, Lennon Cane. A photographer and football star, Lennon lives with his father. He is brilliant at most things, but highly emotionally guarded. After it becomes apparent that Len has always had feelings for Henry, the two fall in love, with both beautiful and disastrous consequences. Dealing with key themes of friendship, LGBTQI+ rights, first love, and belonging, this is a coming-of-age, coming out story with a twist.' (Publication summary)
(Older Readers) y separately published work icon House of Hollow Krystal Sutherland , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 20857492 2021 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they’re changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful and inexplicably dangerous.

'Now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school – something her two famously glamorous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing, leaving behind only bizarre clues, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren’t the only ones looking for her. As they brush against the supernatural, they realise that the story they’ve been told about their past is unravelling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon How to Repaint a Life Steven Herrick , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 21864610 2021 single work novel

'Isaac is running from his old life when he steps off the bus in a small town. He doesn’t plan on sticking around and has nowhere to stay, but a local café owner's kindness offers him a chance to change his story. Then Isaac meets Sophie and learns he’s not the only one wanting to repaint his life.

'As he did so masterfully with The Simple Gift, Steven Herrick delves into the universal themes of rising above the past and taking control of your future.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Midnight Girls Alicia Jasinska , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 22593531 2021 single work novel young adult fantasy

'The Wicked Deep meets House of Salt and Sorrows and Three Dark Crowns in this new stand-alone YA fantasy set in a snow-cloaked kingdom where witches are burned, and two enchantresses secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover that they might be falling for each other. From the acclaimed author of the thrilling YA fantasy, The Dark Tide.

''Alicia Jasinska is a master of dark, atmospheric fantasy. The Midnight Girls reads like a modern-day Grimm fairytale with a dash of historical fiction and a compelling sapphic romance. I loved the unique magic system, the wintry world, the fragments of Slavic folklore. It's evocative and enchanting, and it completely swept me away.' Tobias Madden, author of Anything But Fine

It's Karnawal season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija, and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil's Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit 'kuligi' sleigh-parties.

'But among the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warsz w in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that's stronger even than magic. But that's put to the test when they realise they both have their sights set on Lechija's pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince's back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.

'When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other's wicked grasp. But this isn't some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warsz w is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka's innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they might have for each other, but both their lives.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Morrison and Mr Moore Michael Hyde , Travancore : In Case of Emergency Press , 2021 23832897 2021 single work novel

'Morrison is 17. Smart, sarcastic, annoying, and very angry.

'Mr Moore, a school principal on the verge of retirement, has seen it all. Now coping with a wife who has Alzheimers, his plans for his life in retirement are in tatters. The last thing he needs is someone like Morrison.

'What happens when two unlikely people find strength in each other?

'This unique story is captivating and surprising, bringing tears and laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant insights into the nature of friendship and the problems of ageing at every age.

'A novel of strength, hope, humility, and acceptance... and that kid who wears petticoats... ' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Prison Healer Lynette Noni , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 20980859 2021 single work novel fantasy young adult

'From bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir.

'Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.

'Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

'When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

'Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: Don’t let her die. We are coming. Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

'But no one has ever survived.

'With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva's heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can't escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Road Tripping with Pearl Nash Poppy Nwosu , Adelaide : Wakefield Press , 2021 22901738 2021 single work novel young adult

'The summer is finally here, and Pearl Nash is on a mission to save her slowly disintegrating friendship with a whirlwind end-of-year road trip that is definitely, absolutely, most positively going to solve all her problems.

'Except, instead of her best friend Daisy's feet on her dash, suddenly Pearl ends up stuck in the middle of the desert beside Obi Okocha, a boy with a mega-watt smile and an endlessly irritating attitude. Tasked with delivering him to the most epic end-of-year party ever, located in a beach shack in literal middle-of-nowhere woop woop, Pearl Nash is certain that nothing could be worse than this.

'She's wrong.

'Add in a breakdown, multiple arguments, an AWOL nana and a kiss that was most definitely a huge mistake, and suddenly Pearl has the perfect ingredients for the perfect disaster.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Skin Deep Hayley Lawrence , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 21552249 2021 single work novel children's young adult

'Scarlett was gifted with beauty. But beauty can be taken in a day, in a single moment, by one car fire.

'Now permanently disfigured, Scarlett has become a smudge in her perfect world. She can see only one acceptable solution: to escape the modern world for Matilda Mountain, which is desolate, isolated, forlorn. Perfect.

'But mountains are not always as lonely as they appear. And unexpected friendships can be found in the wilderness. Friendships that challenge her ideas about perfection and her place in the world.

'Can Scarlett break free from the confines of her beauty-obsessed culture to discover who she is beyond the layers of her skin?' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Social Queue Kay Kerr , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20449877 2021 single work novel young adult

'Zoe has just finished school and started an internship at a local newspaper. Her first assignment is to write about romance, but where to begin? Zoe hasn’t been in love. She doesn’t think anyone has ever even liked her. So when her article is published and she’s contacted by a number of young men who had been interested in her in their schooldays, Zoe realises that somehow she had missed the social cues.

'Social Queue is a funny-serious own-voices story about being a young autistic woman navigating the dating scene and sorting out complex and often confusing feelings on the road to finding love.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Stars in Their Eyes Jessica Walton , Aśka (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2021 21918816 2021 single work graphic novel

'Maisie has always dreamed of meeting her hero, Kara Bufano, an amputee actor who plays a kick-arse amputee character in her favourite show. Fancon is big and exciting and exhausting. Then she meets Ollie, a cute volunteer who she has a lot in common with. Could this be the start of something, or will her mum, who doesn’t seem to know what boundaries are, embarrass her before she and Ollie have a chance?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Sugar Town Queens Malla Nunn , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21826414 2021 single work novel young adult

'From Los Angeles Times Book Prize Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Malla Nunn comes a stunning portrait of a family divided and a powerful story of how friendship saves and heals.

'When Amandla wakes up on her fifteenth birthday, she knows it's going to be one of her mother's difficult days. Her mother has had another vision. This one involves Amandla wearing a bedsheet loosely stitched as a dress. An outfit, her mother says, is certain to bring Amandla's father back home, as if he were the prince and this was the fairytale ending their family was destined for. But in truth, Amandla's father has long been gone—since before Amandla was born—and even her mother's memory of him is hazy. In fact, many of her mother's memories from before Amandla was born are hazy. It's just one of the many reasons people in Sugar Town give them strange looks--that and the fact her mother is white and Amandla is Black.

'When Amandla finds a mysterious address in the bottom of her mother's handbag along with a large amount of cash, she decides it's finally time to get answers about her mother's life. What she discovers will change the shape and size of her family forever. But with her best friends at her side, Amandla is ready to take on family secrets and the devil himself. These Sugar Town queens are ready to take over the world to expose the hard truths of their lives.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Terciel and Elinor Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 22585181 2021 single work novel young adult

'Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

'In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen-year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

'Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen-year-old Elinor lives a secluded life, her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

'Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel's life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Tiger Daughter Rebecca Lim , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20848961 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices novel about growing up Asian in Australia.

'My study buddy, Henry, has made it his mission to get me to an A in maths the way I'm trying to get him to an A in English.

'Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao - whose mum and dad are also poor immigrants - both dream of escape from their unhappy circumstances, and they form a plan to sit an entrance exam to a selective high school far from home. But when tragedy strikes, it will take all of Wen's resilience and resourcefulness to get herself and Henry through the storm that follows.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Waking Romeo Kathryn Barker , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20849737 2021 single work novel fantasy science fiction

'What if Juliet Capulet met someone who made her doubt true love? What if Wuthering Heights was a message to a time traveller? A cosmic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet and homage to two literary classics in a compelling novel about fate, love and time travel from an award-winning author.

'YEAR: 2083. LOCATION: LONDON. MISSION: WAKE ROMEO.

'It's the end of the world. Literally. Time travel is possible, but only forwards. And only a handful of families choose to remain in the 'now', living off the scraps that were left behind. Among these are eighteen-year-old Juliet and the love of her life, Romeo. But things are far from rosy for Jules. Romeo is in a coma and she's estranged from her friends and family, dealing with the very real fallout of their wild romance. Then a handsome time traveller, Ellis, arrives with an important mission that makes Jules question everything she knows about life and love. Can Jules wake Romeo and rewrite her future?

'A highly original mashup that delights as it disorients ... and asks what would have happened if two great literary love stories were somehow intertwined.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Always Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 21861442 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'The much-anticipated final journey in the story of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning OnceThenNowAfter, Soon and Maybe.

'It's fifteen years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once and across six celebrated books, our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys. Now comes the seventh and final part of Felix's story, bringing to a powerful climax a series that countless young readers around the world will remember - Always.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Are You There, Buddha? Pip Harry , Sydney : Lothian , 2021 21973017 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Bridget 'Bee' Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of high school in the beach suburb Crescent Bay.

'Still reeling from the departure of her mother for an ashram in India, Bee talks to Buddha and begs for her first period not to arrive. She's not ready to become a woman yet, whatever that means.

'Although Bee's yet to find her tribe at school, her best friend forever is surfer Leon McKay, also known as the hottest boy in Year Eight. As long as Leon has her back, Bee can survive the mean girls, her meddling step-mum, Kath, and her swimming nemesis, The Piranha.

'Over one blistering summer, set against the backdrop of bushfires, smoke haze and water restrictions, Bee will grow up, show up, and make a name for herself.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Cranky Chicken Katherine Battersby , Katherine Battersby (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2021 22119811 2021 single work graphic novel children's

'Everything about Chicken is cranky. Cranky eyes, cranky eyebrows, super sharp cranky beak, even cranky scratchy feet. And everything makes Chicken cranky. The sun is too bright, the dirt is too dirty. What Cranky Chicken is not is lonely. Nope, nope, definitely not. But then along comes a very cheerful worm named Speedy, who just wants to be friends.

'The first book in a charming illustrated series about mismatched friends who bring joy, companionship and a new perspective to each other's lives. Perfect for fans of Elephant and Piggie and The Bad Guys.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Cuckoo’s Flight Wendy Orr , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20456546 2021 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'When Clio’s town in Bronze Age Crete is threatened by seafaring raiders, she faces the greatest sacrifice of all. Can Clio, her herd of horses and a new young friend find a way to change their destinies?

'When a raiders’ ship appears off the coast, the goddess demands a higher price than ever before to save the town – and Clio’s grandmother creates a sacred statue to save Clio’s life.

'But Clio is torn between the demands of guarding the statue and caring for her beloved horses. Disabled in an accident, she must try to put aside her own grief at no longer being able to ride – and in the process, save a friend’s life and stop a war.

'Rippling with emotion and drama, war and resistance, fear and determination, this novel is a brilliant companion to the highly acclaimed Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance, and another thrilling adventure and survival story from the multi-award-winning author of Nim’s Island, Wendy Orr.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel Nicki Greenberg , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 20852593 2021 single work children's fiction children's detective

'The first middle-grade novel from award-winning author Nicki Greenberg, this book is a classic whodunnit mystery set aboard a grand ocean liner in the 1920s. With first-class glitz and glamour and a deliciously plotted intrigue featuring an uppity stage star, a missing diamond, a leopard and a loveable cast of child sleuths, The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel is an exciting romp on the high seas, perfect for fans of Murder Most Unladylike and The Good Thieves.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Dragon Skin Karen Foxlee , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 22584140 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'From the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything comes a magical tale about a girl who saves a dragon and rescues her family.

How to save a dragon:
1) Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors.
2) Believe in everything.

'Pip never wants to go home. She likes to sit at the waterhole at dusk and remember Mika, her best friend. At home her mother's not the same since her boyfriend moved in. They don't laugh anymore and Pip has to go to bed early, turn off her light and pretend she doesn't exist. When she finds a half-dead creature at the waterhole, everything changes. She knows she has to save this small dragon and return it to where it comes from. But how?

'A story about surviving and saving those you love, by the multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything.

''I'm in love with this book. Dragon Skin is surprising, beautiful, unique. The characters are wonderfully drawn - tough but vulnerable, hurt but hopeful, damaged but strong. They've lodged themselves in my heart forever.' Katrina Nannestad, award-winning author of We Are Wolves' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Eliza Vanda's Button Box Emily Rodda , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 21517107 2021 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Buttons three, attend to me!

'Take me where I want to be!

'No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising 'Cabins for Rent' was almost hidden by a pile of builder's rubble, but Eliza Vanda didn't seem at all put out by the mess.

''This is a nice little pocket,' she said. 'It should suit us very well.'

'Life hasn't been much fun for Milly Dynes lately. There seem to be problems everywhere she looks. She's always loved her home in Tidgy Bay, but at the moment she wishes she was somewhere -anywhere - else.

'Then Eliza Vanda turns up—and magic comes with her ...

'A sparkling new fantasy adventure from multi-award-winning author Emily Rodda.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Edge of Thirteen Nova Weetman , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 20534252 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Clem Timmins can't wait to see her best friends after being apart all summer holidays. But when they get back together, things have changed. Bridge is boy-crazy and acting like a different person. Ellie is wearing a bra and having a real-life romance. Clem feels left behind. When she makes friends with Tom, suddenly everyone's gossiping about whether they're going to be a couple. Clem's got no interest in having a boyfriend. Or does she?

'At school camp, Bridge crosses the line and Clem has to ask herself - can she keep growing up with her friends when they're growing apart?

'This story of fitting in and falling out perfectly captures how it feels to balance on the edge of who you are and who you want to be.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Elsewhere Girls Emily Gale , Nova Weetman , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20916191 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s midnight and I’m alone in the kitchen eating a cold potato scallop. Coach O'Call would say something like, ‘That’s not what I expect from a scholarship girl!’ because I have to be up for squad training in five hours and I’m not supposed to go near potato scallops, and—oh, yeah—it’s my fifth.

'Cat has recently started at a new school on a sports scholarship, and she’s feeling the pressure of early morning training sessions and the need for total commitment. Fanny loves to swim and she lives for racing, but family chores and low expectations for girls make it very hard for her to fit in even the occasional training session.

'Cat and Fanny have never met. They both live in the same Sydney suburb, but in different worlds, or at least different times: Cat in current-day Sydney, and Fanny in 1908. But one day, time slips and they swap places.

'As each girl lives the other’s life, with all the challenges and confusion it presents, she comes to appreciate and understand herself and the role of swimming in her own life.

'Narrated in alternating chapters by Cat and Fanny, Elsewhere Girls is a moving and funny story of two girls with a deep connection, one based on the Australian Olympic champion, Fanny Durack. It’s a fresh and engaging exploration of the challenges and pressures for young women growing up in the past and today.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Exit Through the Gift Shop Maryam Master , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2021 21856999 2021 single work novel children's young adult

'Anahita Rosalind Ghorban-Galaszczuk (yes, that really is her name but you can call her Ana) is discovering that life is absurd. As if dying of cancer at the age of 12.5 isn't bad enough, she still has to endure daily insults from her nemesis, Alyssa (Queen Mean) Anderson.

'Ana's on a wild rollercoaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary.

'And she's got a few things to do before she exits. . .' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Footprints on the Moon Lorraine Marwood , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 19703044 2021 single work novel

'A verse novel set against the backdrop of 1969, when humans first landed on the moon and the Vietnam War was raging.

'Sharnie is trying to make sense of the confusing and changing times while also starting at a new school, dealing with her grandmother having health issues and coping with her wayward sister, Cas.

'Footprints on the Moon dextrously raises important and timely themes for its intended audience: friendship, family, death, grief, support, war, protesting, and conscription.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Fozia and the Quest of Prince Zal Rosanne Hawke , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 19703279 2021 single work children's fiction children's

''Fozia noticed smoke from the chimney curling to the sky. The brick kiln was working again but she didn't want to go there. She couldn't let the kiln owner see her.'

'Twelve-year-old Fozia has survived the worst flood in Pakistan's history. But her life will never be the same. With her little sister gone and her parents missing, Fozia now lives with Jehan's family in a new village, hoping that one day she will see her family again. But after returning to her old home and coming face to face with the brick-kiln owner, Fozia realises there is much more at stake if she's made to pay back her family's debt to the owner.

'To escape her new reality, Fozia tells her friends a fairytale about Prince Zal. He rides a magic carpet on a quest to find his little sister, battling leopards and hidden serpents along the way. But can Prince Zal succeed in his quest if the truth behind Fozia's story is revealed?' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon A Glasshouse of Stars Shirley Marr , Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20977819 2021 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Meixing Lim and her family have arrived at the New House in the New Land, inherited from First Uncle who died tragically and unexpectedly while picking oranges in the backyard. Everything is vast and unknown to Meixing and not in a good way, including the house she has dubbed Big Scary. She is embarrassed by the second-hand shoes given to her by the kind neighbours, has trouble understanding the language at school, and with fitting in and making new friends. Her solace is a glasshouse in the garden that inexplicably holds the sun and the moon and all the secrets of her memory and imagination.

'Her fragile universe is rocked when tragedy strikes and Ma Ma refuses to face the world outside. Meixing finds herself trapped within the shrinking walls of Big Scary. Her parents said this would be a better life for them all, but it feels like the worst and most heart-breaking experience of Meixing's entire existence. Surviving will take all the resilience and inner belief of this brave girl to turn their world around.

'A Glasshouse of Stars is based on the real childhood experiences of the author, brushed with a light touch of magic realism.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Save the Joeys Samone Amba , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 22115095 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Grade sixers Sunday Moon and her besties Ockie, Kirra and Lottie are MAROONED in after-school care at Club Koala with the karaoke-loving grade twos and nit-infested preppies for company. It’s not exactly the way these legends thought they’d be ending their time at Pelican Rise Primary!

'But after the worst summer of bushfires ever, Sunday is determined to use her last year at Club Koala to make a difference: OUT with the headstand competitions and IN with knitting pouches for injured wildlife !

'And when Mr Guclu tells the grade sixers to build a legacy project for their final year of primary, Sunday and her friends decide to keep the good times rolling with a website that will spread the word about their pouch project.

'With the help of her friends, a radio station, a whole bunch of wool from the op shop, a LOT of animal memes and their legacy project, The Good Times, Sunday is going to save as many joeys as she can.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Huda and Me H. Hayek , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21060202 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'A cheeky, fun and fast-moving tale of two Lebanese-Australian kids who decide to escape their horrible babysitter by running away…to the other side of the world.

'Huda's sitting in the airport lounge, fiddling with our tickets. I can tell she's excited because she has a little smile on her face and she keeps glancing at her pink digital watch. I can't believe we're doing this. I can't believe we're running away from home. Well, we're not really running away. We'll come back. We're running to our parents. On the other side of the world.

'When their parents have to travel to Beirut unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Akeal and his six siblings are horrified to be left behind in Melbourne with the dreaded Aunt Amel as their babysitter. Things do not go well, and Akeal's naughty little sister, Huda, hatches a bold plan to escape. After stealing Aunt Amel's credit card to buy plane tickets to Lebanon, Huda persuades her reluctant favourite brother to come with her. So begins Huda and Akeal's hair-raising and action-packed journey to reunite with their parents half a world away, in a city they've grown up dreaming about but have never seen.

'A fresh and funny story of sibling love, adventure and courage, Huda and Me is one of a kind.'(Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Listen, Layla Yassmin Abdel-Magied , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 20156860 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Layla has ended the school year on a high and can’t wait to spend the holidays hanging out with her friends and designing a prize-winning Grand Designs Tourismo invention. But Layla’s plans are interrupted when her grandmother in Sudan falls ill and the family rush to be with her.

'The last time Layla went to Sudan she was only a young child. Now she feels torn between her Sudanese and Australian identities. As political tensions in Sudan erupt, so too do tensions between Layla and her family. Layla is determined not to lose her place in the invention team, but will she go against her parents’ wishes? What would a Kandaka do?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Little Gem Anna Zobel , Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20080184 2021 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Sometimes getting a little lost can help you discover who you really are . . .

'When a travelling spell goes terribly wrong, Gem finds herself in a strange, empty house, outside a strange, colourful town. She's certainly not in Witchcraft School any more. In fact, she's not even in the right time any more.

'But everyone in Ellsworth Pining thinks Gem has arrived to be their new village witch, no matter how many times Gem tries to tell them she's not. And after getting to know the town, making new friends - some real and some more ghostly - and solving some problems in her own unique way, Gem thinks her new situation might not be so bad after all.

'Will she even want to find the right spell to take her back home?' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Mim and the Baffling Bully Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2021 21556960 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'The right book might just change your life ...

'Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they're needed most ... the place where the perfect book will find its way home.

'Now Mim has arrived in a pretty Dutch village where she meets Willemina, a kind and gentle child, who is being bullied by a girl named Gerda.

'Mim knows they're here to help Willemina. To change her life. To make her strong and brave and happy.

'If only Dad would find her the right book. If only he would stop giving everyone else the wrong book!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Mina and the Whole Wide World Sherryl Clark , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 21279699 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Mina wants her own bedroom more than anything else in the whole wide world. And it’s almost ready! Just one more lick of sunny yellow paint and it’s hers.

'But when Mina's parents take in an unexpected guest, they give her room away. At first, Mina is too upset to speak. She doesn’t care that this new kid, Azzami, needs a place to stay.

'At school, the other kids call Azzami names, and Mina wishes he’d stand up for himself. Then she sees his drawings, and for the first time really thinks about the life of the quiet boy in front of her.

'Told in candid verse, here is a story about finding friendship where you least expect it and making room for everyone across this big wide world.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon My Brother Ben Peter Carnavas , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 21848960 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Luke and his big brother Ben spend the summer on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek. Quiet Luke sketches birds, while Ben leaps off the Jumping Tree. The boys couldn’t be more different but they share the same dream: winning a boat so they can explore the creek properly.

'Then Ben starts high school and the boys drift apart. When Luke catches Ben sneaking out at night, he knows his brother's up to something, but what?

'A timeless story of birds and boats, and of brotherly love that is bigger than a wedge-tailed eagle, bigger than the sky.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Night Ride into Danger Jackie French , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 21265478 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Six mysterious passengers and seven dark secrets. Who can be trusted?

'It's a dark and dangerous journey for the Cobb and Co night mail coach, but when his coach-driver father is injured, young Jem Donovan must take the reins.

'Surely a boy like Jem can't handle a team of four horses and guide the coach on a rough bush track through fog and untold dangers?

'But there are six passengers on the coach tonight, each with a secret.

'And if Jem can't get them all to their destination by morning, the seventh secret could be deadly ...'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Pawcasso Remy Lai , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21259240 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes by Jo's house, where she's peering out the window, bored and lonely. When Jo sets out to follow him, a group of kids from school mistake her for Pawcasso's owner and, excited to make new friends, she reluctantly hides the truth. But what starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows into a Great Dane-sized problem when Pawcasso gets his own internet fan club … Trapped in a web of lies, will Jo risk her new friendships by telling the truth?

'From the award-winning creator of Pie in the Sky comes a heartwarming and hilarious story about an unexpected friendship between the loneliest girl in class and the coolest canine in town.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2021 22124116 2021 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Award-winning writer Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia and the Great Patriotic War and into the life of Sasha, a soldier at only six years old ...

'Wood splinters and Mama screams and the nearest soldier seizes her roughly by the arms. My sister pokes her bruised face out from beneath the table and shouts, 'Run, Sasha! Run!'

'So I run. I run like a rabbit.

'It's spring, 1942. The sky is blue, the air is warm and sweet with the scent of flowers.

'And then everything is gone.

'The flowers, the proud geese, the pretty wooden houses, the friendly neighbours. Only Sasha remains.

'But one small boy, alone in war-torn Russia, cannot survive.

'One small boy without a family cannot survive.

'One small boy without his home cannot survive.

'What that small boy needs is an army.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Right Way to Rock Nat Amoore , Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 22959766 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'The rockin' story of two new friends, one arts fiasco and a whole lot of music.

'Without music, the world is just blah. That’s my take on life, anyway.

'Mum says rock is the only music worth listening to, but I think everyone should find their own beat.

'When I hear that Principal Keiren plans to cut all of the arts classes at Watterson Primary, there's no way me and my new mate Flynn are gonna let that happen. We're dragging our secret Broadway appreciation society into the spotlight.

'It's time for Watterson: The Musical!' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Seven Wherewithal Way Samantha-Ellen Bound , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 22587873 2021 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Ferdinand fell out of the sky on the hottest day of the year, while Celeste and Esmerelda Barden were on the front porch eating ice-cream.

'Celeste is having the worst summer ever. Her parents are off on an adventure and she's stuck at Gran's house with her annoying little sister, Esme, and strict instructions to be responsible. Or, as Esme says, boring. So when their eccentric cousin Ferd crash-lands a flying bus in the yard, what choice does Celeste have but to follow Ferd back home to Seven Wherewithal Way?

'Wherewithal - Ferd's house, and the gateway to the many Realms unreachable from Earth - is bursting with magic and mystery and otherworldly creatures. It's Celeste's favourite place in any world. But when something tries to break in through the portal in the pantry - the door to the mystical Realm of Forests - Celeste learns that both Wherewithal and her beloved cousin are under threat. If Celeste wants to save her cousin, their home, its inhabitants and possibly even all the Realms, she is going to have to find her adventurous side. Fast.

'Full of heart-in-your-mouth action, unforgettable characters and folklore-inspired magic that feels both fresh and familiar, Seven Wherewithal Way is the unputdownable first book in an epic portal fantasy series.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows Denis Knight , Cristy Burne , Sydney : Lothian , 2021 20485801 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'In a world of magic, can science save the day?

'Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She’d rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows.

'Luckily, she’s not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan and robotics expert who’s all-in on Wednesday’s epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power, and a wise-cracking talking skull.

'But it’s going to take more than science, magic, and the world’s cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because the goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize – and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap…' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Amira's Suitcase Vikki Conley , Nicky Johnston (illustrator), Frenchs Forest : New Frontier , 2021 21183898 2021 single work picture book children's

'It begins with a tiny seed growing inside a suitcase. With Amira's care, the tiny seed starts to sprout. Find out what happens when kindness flourishes . . .

'Amira's Suitcase is a gentle, thought-provoking tale about friendship and hope.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Big Love Megan Jacobson , Beck Feiner (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2021 20449529 2021 single work picture book children's

'How big is love? Does anybody know? Especially the love of a parent for their child. This book has the answer.

'A hymn to love, this evocative text for the very young, describes the scope of a parent’s love for their child. From the familiar to the furthest reaches of the universe. From the familiar to the great unknown.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Florence and Fox Zanni Louise , Anna Pignataro (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2021 20450000 2021 single work picture book children's

'A classic voice and character-driven story that tackles sharing in a kid-friendly, non-didactic way.

'Florence can’t share her toys with Fox today because today is not Sharing Day. Fox has not heard of Sharing Day, which Florence explains won’t be coming for hundreds of days. Fox has some questions. Luckily Florence has all the answers.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Grumble Boats Susannah McFarlane , Tamsin Ainslie (illustrator), Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 20970430 2021 single work picture book children's

'Emma is very grumpy. Why should she have to visit Grandma while her brother goes to a pirate party? Harumph! Fortunately, Grandma knows exactly how to send Emma’s bad mood away … 

'Grumble Boats is a gorgeous reminder of the power of nature and the special magic of grandmas to make us feel better.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Hello World Lisa Shanahan , Leila Rudge (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2021 23480231 2021 single work picture book children's

'See the world through the eyes of a toddler, with this perfect new picture book from much-loved pair Lisa Shanahan and Leila Rudge.

'The sun is up and so is one gorgeous munchkin, ready to welcome the world!

'With a delicious rhyming text and scrumptious illustrations, here is a joyous celebration of all the small wonders waiting to be discovered, in a single ordinary day.'(Publication summary) 

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon How to Make Friends : A Bear's Guide Cat Rabbit , Cat Rabbit (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2021 22438342 2021 single work picture book children's

'Bear has lots of friends if you count her toys, but she’s not sure how to make real friends. And she especially wants to be friends with Koala and Lamb. They both have fluffy ears and like green things. What’s a timid bear to do?

'This is a story about making friends while keeping the qualities (and quirks!) that make you unique. '

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon A Human for Kingsley Gabriel Evans , Gabriel Evans (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Books , 2021 21062325 2021 single work picture book children's 'Kingsley had decided to own a human. This was not a decision to be taken lightly.
After all, owning a human is a responsibility.
 
'But finding the right kind of human is much harder than Kingsley expected. Some are too bossy. Some are too busy. And some just don’t seem to appreciate a dog the way they should. Will Kingsley ever find a human that is exactly right?  
'A sweet, tender and deeply funny story about the power of friendship, and one dog’s mission to find his perfect person.' (Publication summary)
(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Jetty Jumping Andrea Rowe , Hannah Sommerville (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2021 20073321 2021 single work picture book children's 'While Milla’s friends take big, brave jumps off the jetty, Milla stays on the blistering wood, scared of what lurks below. But when Milla accidentally falls off the edge, she discovers the beauty of the deep, dark sea – and her summer changes forever. Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville perfectly capture the challenges of childhood – and the joy of letting go – in this homage to summer.' (Publication summary)
(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Jumping Joeys Sarah Allen , Sarah Allen (illustrator), Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 22119564 2021 single work picture book children's

'Journey through the night with some of Australia's most fascinating furry friends. Meet waddling wombats, bounding bilbies, peculiar possums and daring devils in this delightful introduction to our cute and quirky marsupials.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Little One Jane Godwin , Gabriel Evans (illustrator), Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2021 21847040 2021 single work picture book children's

'Pippi loves her special Little One: she's soft like mist and always warm, and she's there for Pippi through night and day.

'Together, they sit at the window and wonder at the world.

'But one day, Little One goes missing. Pippi feels lost too, but perhaps she can learn to wonder at the world without Little One by her side ...

'From a wonderful new pairing of Jane Godwin and Gabriel Evans comes a timeless story that reminds us nothing is ever truly lost.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon The March of the Ants Ursula Dubosarsky , Tohby Riddle (illustrator), Beecroft : Book Trail Press , 2021 21613606 2021 single work picture book children's

'The ants are heading out on a very important expedition. What will they need to take with them? It's a wild journey! And in the end, it's the littlest ant who leads the others to discover the most important thing of all. A book about a very special book.'

Source : publication summary

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon A Pair of Pears and an Orange Anna McGregor , Anna McGregor (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble , 2021 21277699 2021 single work picture book children's

'An adorable story about making new friends and finding creative solutions to playground problems.

'A pair of pears rocked on a seesaw.
A pair of pears played ping-pong.
A pair of pears rode their tandem bike.
Until one day, someone new wanted
to join their fun.

'Big Pear and Little Pear love playing together. But when Orange joins in, their games don’t work and Big Pear feels left out. A relatable, hilarious, and kind-hearted tale about navigating friendship when three definitely starts to feel like a crowd! From the author of much-loved Anemone is not the Enemy.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon The River Sally Morgan , Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2021 22125294 2021 single work picture book children's

'Another simple, universal story from Sally Morgan – this time a beautifully illustrated celebration of the life of the river. The River takes the reader on a journey of what their eyes can see and their ears can hear. See green ants crawling, hear frogs croaking, a goanna running, a fish splashing... Sally Morgan’s beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a unique, distinctive children’s picture book with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic and his traditional motifs to bring each page to vivid life.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Sea Country Patsy Cameron , Lisa Kennedy (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2021 21854908 2021 single work picture book children's

'In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.

'Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Sharing Fay Muir , Sue Lawson , Leanne Mulgo Watson (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2021 23071627 2021 single work picture book children's

'When we share, there is plenty for all.

'A tender, thoughtful story with a gentle reminder of all the ways sharing makes us stronger.

'Sharing is book three in the award-winning Our Place series (Respect 2020, Family 2020) that introduces children to First Nations philosophies that are dear to Aunty Fay’s heart. Each book is a powerful educational tool, with exquisite illustrations.

'Written with tenderness and clarity, Sharing is illustrated by award-winning creator Leanne Mulgo Watson (Cooee Mittigar 2019).'

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Brunswick : Scribble , 2021 22130342 2021 single work picture book children's

'I know your world is feeling grey but it won’t always be this way. And everyone alive can say they’ve felt the way you do today.

'We all have bad days, and bad days do pass.

'From creative superstars Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys comes a message of hope that we can depend upon and live by: bad days pass, and no matter what happens, we are deserving of love. An uplifting and healing book that every family needs in an era of overwhelming change.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Train Party Karen Blair , Karen Blair (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 21539807 2021 single work picture book children's

'All aboard the train party! This delightful rhyming picture book captures all the fun of a preschooler’s train-themed birthday party at a miniature railway park.

'This delightful rhyming picture book captures all the fun of a birthday at a miniature railway park.

'Red, blue and green,

yellow and black.

Here come the trains!

Clickety-clack.

'All aboard the train party!' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Walk of the Whales Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2021 23425922 2021 single work picture book children's

'When all of the whales in the ocean leave their home to walk around on land, people don’t quite know what to think. But soon shopkeepers go out of business, farms are flooded with water and salt, and people shout horrible, antiwhale words. That is, until, a smart little girl decides to ask the whales what everyone can do to help.

'A powerful and entertaining story about the environment from best-selling author, Nick Bland.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon What Do You Call Your Grandma? Ashleigh Barton , Martina Heiduczek (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2021 20853529 2021 single work picture book children's

'In every country around the world are grandmas short and tall.

'Though they go by different names, we love them one and all.

'From talented duo Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek, comes a charming and heart-warming book that celebrates the many different ways we say grandma.

'What Do You Call Your Grandma? is a love letter to grandmothers and families from every corner of the globe.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon When the Waterhole Dries Up Kaye Baillie , Max Hamilton (illustrator), Kew East : Windy Hollow , 2021 21195088 2021 single work picture book children's

'It's bath time in the outback, and a dusty boy is waiting, but so are some very dusty and very cheeky animals.

'Will this boy ever get clean?

'A rollicking tale about togetherness and fun!'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Winston and the Indoor Cat Leila Rudge , Leila Rudge (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2021 22444381 2021 single work picture book children's

'A story about seeing what life is like on the other side of the window.

'Two very different cats: Winston, a free-spirited explorer; and The Indoor Cat, lover of leisure; form a friendship and show each other how different their lives could be. Can The Indoor Cat be enticed by outdoor adventure? Will Winston be tempted by a life of indoor luxury?' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Wonderful Shoes Emma Bowd , Tania McCartney (illustrator), Kew East : Windy Hollow , 2021 22017023 2021 single work picture book children's

'A timeless tale of tip-tapping click-clacking delight.

'Wonderful Shoes is a joyful celebration of everyday play, through the eyes of our tiniest humans, who know exactly where to find the best toys in the world!

'Delightful verse and vibrant illustrations shine a light on the timeless tip-tapping click-clacking fun to be had, when little feet find big shoes.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Bear and Rat Chris Cheng , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20977946 2021 single work picture book children's 'Bear and Rat are the best of friends who do everything together, but Rat wonders if Bear will always be there to hold her hand, no matter what happens ...' (Publication summary)
(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Blue Flower Sonya Hartnett , Gabriel Evans (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2021 23485139 2021 single work picture book children's

'A gentle exploration of a child’s realisation that it is her individual differences and creativity that make her special, with stunning illustrations by the talented Gabriel Evans that delicately and sensitively convey the child’s emotional journey.

'A young child describes her qualms about going to school and how hard she finds asking the teacher for help, how she feels shy about making friends, not being funny or a fast runner. But through her love of art, a conversation with her mother and her observations about nature she comes to see that being different might not be a bad thing after all.

'I lay down and put my nose in the grass. The grass was dotted with yellow flowers, but blue ones grew there too. I rolled over and looked at the trees and the clouds, and thought about things for a while.

'‘Not all clouds are white,’ I said, and Piccolo looked at me.

'‘Not all trees are tall. Not all birds are brown. Not all cats are tabby like you, Piccolo. Some are black. Some are orange. Some are calico.’

'Piccolo swished his stripy tail. I plucked a flower and showed it to him. ‘This flower isn’t yellow, but it isn’t wrong. It is what it’s supposed to be. No one would want it to be yellow. Everyone would say it’s lovely just the way it is.’

'A beautifully told story about being happy in yourself for who you are from one of Australia's finest writers.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Boy and the Elephant Freya Blackwood , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 22124294 2021 single work picture book children's

'The powerful new picture book from Greenaway Medallist and seven-time CBCA winner, Freya Blackwood

'The boy lives in a city, where everything is fast and loud. But amidst the bustle and the noise, the boy has a secret ...

'In the overgrown lot next to his apartment building, deep within the green, he has a friend.

'But one day progress arrives, bringing with it plans for something new, and the boy must find a way to save his friend before it's too late ...

'From award-winning illustrator and storyteller Freya Blackwood comes a magical and tender wordless picture book about the world we live in and our ability to change it.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name Sandhya Parappukkaran , Michelle Pereira (illustrator), Richmond : Bright Light , 2021 21527537 2021 single work picture book children's

'When Zimdalamishkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name. ​

'When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamishkermishkada finds the confidence to step boldly into his long name. ​

'A warm and uplifting story that encourages young readers to celebrate their individuality, and shows how no-one should ever have to shrink themselves down to fit in.' ​(Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Christmas Always Comes Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 22954766 2021 single work picture book children's

''Joy comes in the morning'

'It's Christmas Eve in 1932, and Joey, Ellie and their parents are droving cattle in the drought.

'How will Santa find them on the long and dusty road? And will there be pudding and presents and a tree in the morning?

'But Joey knows that Christmas always comes.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Common Wealth Common Wealth : A Slam Poetry Persuasive Gregg Dreise , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 21071253 2021 selected work poetry prose children's young adult

'All that I'm wishing,
Is that you take a moment to listen...

'A slam poetry persuasive and powerful vision of unity from award-winning First Nations creator Gregg Dreise. Passionate, yet peaceful, Common Wealth is a compelling plea for a future of truth, togetherness and respect for our nation's deep history.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Day Break Amy McQuire , Matt Chun (illustrator), Richmond : Bright Light , 2021 20090791 2021 single work picture book children's

'Day Break is the story of a family making their way back to Country on January 26. We see the strength they draw from being together, and from sharing stories as they move through a shifting landscape.

'The story refocuses the narratives around ‘Australia Day’ on Indigenous survival and resistance, and in doing so honours the past while looking to the future. Confronting yet truthful, painful yet full of hope, Day Break is a crucial story that will open up a conversation on truth-telling for the next generation.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Don't Forget Jane Godwin , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20857428 2021 single work picture book children's

'A timely and uplifting picture book for 5+, reflecting on what’s important for each of us to remember, from the creative team that brought us All Through the Year and Today We Have No Plans.

'Don’t forget to make your bed,and wear socks that fit your feet…Don’t forget to care, to play, To run, to laugh…

'Sometimes, we need to remember all the things we can do to be part of the world. Small things, like offering a smile. And bigger things, like hoping, dreaming, imagining…' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Enough Love? Maggie Hutchings , Evie Barrow (illustrator), Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2021 21959209 2021 single work picture book children's

'Willa had
one dad
one mum
one home
and a bird.
And that was enough.

'So when Willa’s parents split up, she’s pretty sad. But at least they are still all hers. Until Dad meets Kevin and Willa’s family starts to grow … and keeps on growing. When will enough be enough? Or is there always room for more love?

'Full of heart and bursting with warmth, Enough Love? is the funny and moving new picture book from the creative team behind I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Flying Angel Vicki Bennett , Tull Suwannakit (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 20771879 2021 single work picture book children's

'World War II. 1945. A group of nurses is handpicked to rescue injured soldiers from the frontline in Papua New Guinea, and transport them safely back home to Australia. Known for their courage and compassion, the soldiers call them... the Flying Angels. This is a story inspired by the life of one remarkable nurse, Sister Marie Eileen Craig.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Frankie and the Fossil Jess McGeachin , Jess McGeachin (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 21545469 2021 single work picture book children's

'A sweet and funny picture book for anyone who loves dinosaur fossils, friends and cheese sandwiches, by the acclaimed creator or Fly and The Lost Library.

'Frankie knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs.
But when she ignores a sign at the museum and is followed home by a friendly fossil, Frankie finds there's more to dinosaurs than she ever imagined.

'Frankie and the Fossil is an irresistible story about being heard . . . and finding your herd.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Happy Hoppy Home Tull Suwannakit , Tull Suwannakit (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 21863339 2021 single work picture book children's

'Papa Hare, Dot, Pip and Pat, and Baby Cottontail live together in a very small and crowded burrow. Then one day, Papa Hare comes up with a brilliant plan... An enchanting and heartwarming story that celebrates the true joys of family and home.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Iceberg Claire Saxby , Jess Racklyeft (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20849014 2021 single work picture book children's

'An iceberg is born into spring and travels through the seasons before dying in a new spring. A stunning, lyrical story for our times, from renowned picture book creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft.

'In the final freeze of an Antarctic winter, green tails wave across a star-full sky, as if to farewell endless nights. If this world looks empty, look closer ... Penguins trek across the ice to their winter homes. As the temperature warms, birds fly above on their long migrations. And with the advent of summer, beneath an iceberg, the sea is teeming with life.

'Ocean, sky, snow and ice - minute greens and giant blues - dance a delicate dance in this evocative portrayal of the life cycle of an iceberg.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Imagineer Chris Cheng , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2021 20875097 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Penny has a massive imagination. She loves to draw up plans, gather her tools and turn sketches and scribbles into new creations.

'One day, she visits her grandpa’s house and is amazed at his gadgets and gizmos. He has a telephone hanging on his wall, an organ with bellows to pump and a contraption with a handle to churn homemade butter.

'Then Penny discovers grandpa’s garage …

'Christopher Cheng’s The Imagineer is a beautiful story about an inquisitive little girl whose imagination is sparked by the things around her. It also highlights the value in spending time with a grandparent and learning from their lived experience.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Inheritance Armin Greder , Armin Greder (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21827829 2021 single work picture book children's

'A provocative call-to-arms to economic leaders to change course and better protect our planet and its people, presented in words and pictures by the multi-award-winning creator of The Island and The Mediterranean.

''All this will soon be yours, respect what I have built and make it prosper.'

'These are the last words of the old industrialist before dying. While the three brothers discuss how to fulfil their father's wishes, the sister lists for them the disastrous consequences that would follow: disease; marine pollution; deforestation; the destruction of the landscape; pollution of skies and rivers...

'The Inheritance tells of the greed of those who hold economic power, and reminds us that silence and inaction amount to complicity. With minimal text, this powerful story is told primarily through Armin Greder's distinctive illustrations that challenge the reader to question the status quo and fight for the future.

'Powerful storytelling from the internationally acclaimed, award-winning creator of The Island and The Mediterranean and Diamonds.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Jacqueline : A Soldier's Daughter Pierre-Jacques Ober , Jules Ober (illustrator), Abbotsford : Ford Street , 2021 21944238 2021 single work picture book children's

'A new book by creators of the CBCA shortlisted title, The Good Son, Pierre-Jacques Ober and Jules Ober.

'An only child, Jacqueline always dreamt of having a sister. Amid the turmoil of a world at war when the adults have seemingly gone mad, she embarks on a perilous journey and ultimately finds a sister in a most unexpected way.

'Featuring a new narrative form at once deeply evocative and visually poetic, the story is illustrated with miniatures. Magnificently printed, it is a book at the intersection of art book, photographic novel and children’s picture book.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Joe and the Stars Phil Cummings , Connah Brecon (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 20518428 2021 single work picture book children's

'In the red dust, where the sky is wide, Joe loves watching the stars. He marvels at their mystery and wonder. But when his family moves to the city... the stars are hard to see. Will Joe find a way to make them shine again? A twinkling tale of resilience, family and friendship.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Just One Bee Margrete Lamond , Anthony Bertini , Chris Nielsen (illustrator), Orange : Dirt Lane Press , 2021 23827598 2021 single work picture book children's 'Just One Bee is a story of hope, determination and never giving up: the story of One-bee and her dream to revert desolate wastes back to fields of flowers. But to change a desert to meadowland she needs to go it alone because when she comes across another bee, she discovers not only is he hoarding a single precious flower and a queen bee, but he refuses to believe positive change is possible. Other-bee does all he can to quash One-bee's dream. But One-bee’s persistence, patience and optimism eventually prove Other-bee wrong, and she shows him how dreams can come true.' (Publication summary)
(Picture Book) y separately published work icon The Katha Chest Radhiah Chowdhury , Lavanya Naidu (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21060124 2021 single work picture book children's

'A warm, child-centred exploration of family, history and connectedness.

'Six-year-old Asiya loves to go to Nanu's house. Best among all of Nanu's treasures is the big old chest filled with quilts that tell the stories of the women in Asyia's family.

'A beautifully woven tale about the bonds of love, culture and memory.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Mo and Crow Jo Kasch , Jonathan Bentley (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20849893 2021 single work picture book children's

'Mo lives alone and he likes it that way…until Crow comes into his small and tidy life offering friendship. A gorgeous picture book with a powerful message.

'Mo lived alone and he liked it that way.
He had a house to protect him.
And a wall.
Mo trusted his wall.
It kept everything out he wanted kept out.

'A beautiful story about breaking down barriers and discovering the joys of friendship, from the brilliant creative team of Jo Kasch and award-winning illustrator Jonathan Bentley.' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Norton and the Borrowing Bear Gabriel Evans , Gabriel Evans (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2021 22438212 2021 single work picture book children's 'Wouldn’t it be fun to have a friend living right next door to you?  Well, as Norton discovers, it can certainly pose some challenges when that friend wants to borrow all of your favourite things. This is a story about setting limits and learning to accept your friends, flaws and all.' (Publication summary)
 
(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Salih Inda Ahmad Zahri , Anne Ryan (illustrator), Abbotsford : Ford Street , 2021 20872626 2021 single work picture book children's

'Like a turtle, Salih carries his home on his back. He must cross a raging sea in search of a safe home.

'Salih paints his happiest memories and sends them as messages in bottles.

'Will someone find them and understand? Will Salih find a new home?' (Publication summary)

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Star of Anise Jane Jolly , 吴棣 (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2021 21193886 2021 single work picture book children's

'The hawker’s wagon jingled and jangled as it came down the track...

'Annie and Arthur have been eagerly awaiting Bhagwan Singh’s next visit. What wondrous things will he have in his cart this time, among the silk and soap, spices and shirts?

'As the hawker makes his camp for the night, the children savour spun sugar and food from the Punjab, discovering the secret star anise.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon Stellarphant James Foley , James Foley (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2021 21261190 2021 single work picture book children's

'Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and species. Stella wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem: Stella is an elephant. Every time she applies to Space Command, they come up with a new reason she can’t join. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and Stella is determined to reach for the stars. Does she have the right stuff?'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Picture Book) y separately published work icon We Found a Cat Heidi McKinnon , Heidi McKinnon (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 22594834 2021 single work picture book children's

'Look! We found a cat. It has whiskers and a long tail, it has to be a cat... doesn't it?' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Amazing Meals of Martha Maloney Daniel Wild , Margaret Wild , Donna Rawlins (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2021 22444493 2021 single work picture book children's

'A tasty treat of a book where a precocious and imaginative child dines with important historical figures.

'On a school trip to the Museum of Famous People, Martha Maloney wanders off and enjoys the culinary delights of important figures through time, much to the dismay of her teacher. Readers can experience history through the dining tables of King Henry VIII, Princess Marie Antoinette, Queen Nefertiti and more, with heaped servings of information about each time period and their culinary customs. This unique picture book weaves together fiction and non-fiction to create a delicious read for inquisitive young minds.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Book of Curious Birds Jennifer Cossins , Jennifer Cossins (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2021 22586848 2021 single work picture book information book children's

'Birds are curious creatures. From their unusual appearance to their unique behaviour, they really are one of the most fascinating species in the animal kingdom.

'In this book you'll find colourful feathers alongside peculiar beaks, beady eyes and funny-coloured feet. You'll read of dangerous birds, clever birds, fast birds, awkward birds, silly birds, massive birds and tiny birds. You'll laugh at their odd hairdos, marvel at their remarkable hunting skills and admire their wild mating dances. Most of all, you'll learn that birds are awesome and deserve our love, care and respect.' 

(Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Bush Birds Bridget Farmer , Bridget Farmer (illustrator), Victoria : Black Cockatoo Books , 2021 23872633 2021 single work picture book

'A book of Australian birds commonly found in the bush. Each page contains a riddle to engage the reader with the illustration and try and guess the name of the bird. The name of each bird is under a hidden flap. This book aims to both familiarise readers with the twelve birds included within the pages but also teach them what to look for when trying to identify birds in real life.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The First Scientists : Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia's First Peoples Corey Tutt , Adam Hill (illustrator), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2021 22121231 2021 single work information book children's

'The First Scientists is the highly anticipated, illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. With kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind, this book will nourish readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time.
 
'Have you ever wondered what the stars can tell us? Did you know the seasons can be predicted just by looking at subtle changes in nature? Maybe you have wondered about the origins of glue or if forensic science is possible without a crime scene investigation. Australia's First peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth and their innovation will amaze you as you leaf through the pages of this book, learning fascinating facts and discovering the answers to life's questions.

'In consultation with communities, Corey tells us of many deadly feats – from bush medicine to bush trackers – that are today considered 'science', and introduces us to many amazing scientists, both past and present. The breadth of ‘sciences’ is incredible with six main chapters covering astronomy, engineering, forensic science, chemistry, land management and ecology. The first scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky to the future scientists of today through stories, song and dance, and many of these lessons are now shared in this book.

'Vibrant illustrations by Blak Douglas bring the subjects to life, so you’ll never think about science as just people in lab coats ever again!' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Gentle Genius of Trees Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Lindfield : Omnibus Books , 2021 20977020 2021 single work picture book children's

'What could we clever humans ever learn from trees? Take an unashamedly anthropomorphic wander through the woods to learn a few life lessons from our foliaged friends.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Heroes, Rebels and Innovators : Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History Karen Wyld , Jaelyn Biumaiwai (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2021 21522728 2021 single work picture book information book children's

'Be inspired and amazed by these incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander icons! With colourful artwork and evocative writing, this book tells stories every Australian should know.

'Powerful and exciting: here are seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Each colourful spread in this illustrated book tells a compelling story.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Iceberg Claire Saxby , Jess Racklyeft (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20849014 2021 single work picture book children's

'An iceberg is born into spring and travels through the seasons before dying in a new spring. A stunning, lyrical story for our times, from renowned picture book creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft.

'In the final freeze of an Antarctic winter, green tails wave across a star-full sky, as if to farewell endless nights. If this world looks empty, look closer ... Penguins trek across the ice to their winter homes. As the temperature warms, birds fly above on their long migrations. And with the advent of summer, beneath an iceberg, the sea is teeming with life.

'Ocean, sky, snow and ice - minute greens and giant blues - dance a delicate dance in this evocative portrayal of the life cycle of an iceberg.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature Sami Bayly , Sami Bayly (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2021 23162836 2021 single work picture book information book children's

'Discover 60 of the most peculiar pairs in nature and learn how plant and animal species rely on each other for their survival. Another fresh take on the animal kingdom from bestselling author and illustrator, Sami Bayly.

'Come along for another fresh take on the animal kingdom from bestselling author and illustrator, Sami Bayly.

'Discover 60 of the most peculiar pairs in nature and learn how plant and animal species rely on each other for their survival.

'Whether it be a rare tick living in the fur of a pygmy possum, a stick insect feasting and hiding out amongst the Melaleuca or a handfish laying its eggs on a sea squirt, incredible natural relationships deserve to be explored and celebrated. Investigating all types of relationships, from symbiotic to parasitic, this is an eye-opening guide to the natural world.

'Many species steer clear of those who are different, but the animals and plants in this book have evolved to form relationships with some of the most unlikely partners, and they couldn't live without them.

'This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by award-winning author and illustrator, Sami Bayly. The perfect companion to The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Kunyi Kunyi June-Anne McInerney , Kunyi June-Anne McInerney (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2021 21854805 2021 single work picture book life story children's

'Kunyi June Anne McInerney was just four years old when she and of her siblings were taken from their family to the Oodnadatta Children’s Home in South Australia in the 1960s.

'Through an extraordinary collection of over 60 paintings, accompanied by stories, Kunyi presents a rare chronicle of what life was like for her and the other Children’s Home kids who became her family.

'Her paintings are a healing trove of memories that reveal the loneliness, fear and courage of the Stolen Generation children who were torn from family and loved ones. From bible lessons to sucking bone marrow and collecting bush fruits, the escapades, adventures and sorrows of the children are painted with warmth, humour and unflinching honesty.

'Kunyi’s story is one of healing and reconciliation. She is telling it so that the lives of the children at Oodnadatta Children’s Home will not be forgotten. This is a collection of tender and honest stories that will educate children on our nation’s history and remind adult readers of the real impact of the Stolen Generations.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Masters of Disguise Marc Martin , Marc Martin (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20857698 2021 single work picture book information book children's

'A gorgeous hide-and-seek extravaganza that showcases twelve of the most elusive animals on earth that use camouflage to disguise themselves.

'A timely and beautiful non-fiction book for nature lovers of every stripe.

'Now you see them, now you don’t! Cloaked in a riot of colour, pattern and texture are a dozen animals – from chameleons and polar bears to Gaboon vipers and mimic octopuses – that have mastered the art of fading into the background.

'Fact-packed pages segue into clever and beautifully illustrated seek-and-find spreads that put readers’ newfound knowledge of each creature and its ecosystem to the test. Marc Martin jets budding conservationists around the world and shows them the secrets of animal camouflage. A perfect gift for animal lovers.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Me, Microbes and I Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2021 21062570 2021 single work picture book information book children's 'Me, Microbes & I is full of fascinating and entertaining information about microbes, and provides young readers with a simple and fun guide to how things like bacteria and viruses work in the body. It is packed with handy tips on how to stay healthy, from enjoying fermented foods to taking care of your immune system, and also provides information on how to stop the spread of nasty viruses – including how to cough like a vampire, and the best way to wash your hands.' (Publication summary)
(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon No Way! The Wildest Mind-Blowing Facts in the Universe Dan Marshall , Dan Marshall (illustrator), Neutral Bay : Pantera Press , 2021 23872800 2021 single work information book children's

'Get ready to go on a journey of discovery that will make you say No Way! Learn all about space, humans, Earth, science, animals and maths, with the help of your trusty robot sidekick KLAUS.

'Did you know…
'Uranus is leaking gas into space?
'The average yawn goes for six seconds?
'There are over three trillion trees on earth?
'Spider’s silk is five times stronger than steel?
'Bicycles ride themselves?

'This beautifully designed children’s book is full to the brim with facts, challenges and questions that will teach you all the wildest and weirdest things about the world around you!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon One Potoroo : A Story of Survival Penny Jaye , Alicia Rogerson (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2021 22684284 2021 single work picture book children's

'When a bushfire destroys Potoroo's home, he becomes one of the last surviving Gilbert's Potoroos at Two Peoples Bay in Western Australia. Frightened, hurt and alone, Potoroo needs a new home – somewhere safe from predators and with plenty of his favourite food. Luckily, a team of conservationists know where Potoroo can go to be safe.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Rachel's War : The Story of an Australian WWI Nurse Mark Wilson , Mark Wilson (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2021 21522981 2021 single work picture book children's

'Growing up on a farm in country Victoria, all Rachel wants is to help people. When war comes, she travels to distant Europe and the Middle East, working tirelessly to care for wounded and sick soldiers from the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front.

'Inspired by the life of Rachel Pratt, a World War I Australian army nurse who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, this is an incredible story of bravery and sacrifice.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Saving Seal : The Plastic Predicament Diane Jackson Hill , Craig Smith (illustrator), Carlton : Museum Victoria , 2021 23067899 2021 single work picture book children's

'Seal has made his home in the waters of a coastal village, but he often finds himself trapped and ensnared in the plastic rubbish filling the Bay. Fortunately, he is rescued by Lizzie and Grandpa Dave. 

'Lizzie and Grandpa Dave are motivated to do something about cleaning up their Bay and saving the marine life who are being threatened more and more by the rubbish found in the Bay and on their beaches. They encourage the towns people to join them in their fight against plastic pollution devastating their beaches and harming marine life.

'This is a story about how we can make a change, about cooperation and making the right choices and making them now.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Still Alive : Notes from Australia's Immigration Detention System Safdar Ahmed , Safdar Ahmed (illustrator), Ventnor : Twelve Panels Press , 2021 22579311 2021 single work graphic novel

'In early 2011, Safdar Ahmed visited Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre for the first time. He brought pencils and sketchbooks into the centre and started drawing with the people detained there. Their stories are told in this book.

'Interweaving journalism, history and autobiography, Still Alive is an intensely personal indictment of Australia’s refugee detention policies and procedures. It is also a searching reflection on the redemptive power of art. And death metal.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Superpower Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Children's Publishing , 2021 23872903 2021 single work information book children's

'Have you ever thought about energy – the stuff that lights up our lives and powers our wonderful world?

'How does renewable energy work? Where does electricity come from? Why are fossil fuels bad for our environment? Renowned picture book creator Philip Bunting answers all these questions and more in this entertaining and enlightening look at the various ways we use energy to power the world around us.

'Superpower is packed with engaging and entertaining information for kids and their families, including helpful tips on easy ways to reduce energy consumption in our day-to-day lives. Learn the history of energy through time, discover how energy is produced and delve into the many forms of renewable energy available to us today.

'With a positive outlook and a generous dollop of humour, Superpower shows that using renewable energy and taking care of our environment can be both fun and rewarding.

'So get set to take a walk on the bright side and meet the sustainable super powers energising our future.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Underground : Marsupial Outlaws and Other Rebels of Australia's War in Vietnam Mirranda Burton , Mirranda Burton (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21827030 2021 single work graphic novel

'Led by an unconscientiously objecting wombat registered for military service during Australia's war in Vietnam, Underground digs tunnels through a chapter of Australian history that many have attempted to bury.'

'Why would a wombat be registered for war?

'It's 1965, and an old Tattersalls barrel starts rolling marbles to randomly conscript young Australian men to fight in the war in Vietnam. Melbourne housewife Jean McLean is outraged, as are her artist friends Clif and Marlene Pugh, who live in the country with their wombat, Hooper.

'Determined to wreck the system, Jean forms the Save Our Sons movement's Victorian branch, and she and her supporters take to the streets to protest. Meanwhile, in the small country town of Katunga, Bill Cantwell joins the Australian Army, and in Saigon, young Mai Ho is writing letters to South Vietnamese soldiers from her school desk. And when Hooper's call-up papers arrive, he mysteriously goes underground...

'As these stories intersect in unexpected ways and destinies entwine, a new world gradually emerges - a world in which bridges of understanding make more sense than war. This stunning graphic novel, full of empathy, courage and resistance, is based on true events.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest Diane Lucas , Ben Tyler , Emma Long (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21251495 2021 single work picture book children's

'Walk with us through one of the Top End's magnificent monsoon forests, in Kakadu National Park, learning about the plants, animals and Kundjeyhmi culture along the way.

'When we go walking, we never know how long we will be, what we will hear and what we will see.

'We pack our bags with food and water, a billy and some matches to light a fire.

'We head off into the shady monsoon forest on the edge of the billabong.

'Diane Lucas, Ben Tyler and Emma Long share their knowledge and love of the Top End in this enchanting and accessible book about one of Australia's most ancient and beautiful ecosystems.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Way of the Weedy Sea Dragon Anne Morgan , Lois Bury (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2021 20489552 2021 single work picture book children's

'Imagine a strange and colourful fish that can’t fly or breathe fire, but is an excellent dancer! Meet the weedy seadragon, an amazing underwater species with a talent for camouflage, weird eating habits and a unique courtship dance. This engaging and delightful story takes you under the sea to meet this amazing creature, and learn how we can help seadragons survive into the future.' (Publication summary)

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Wiradjuri Country Larry Brandy , Kristie Peters (illustrator), Scott 'Sauce' Towney (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2021 23071802 2021 single work picture book children's

'Welcome to Wiradjuri Country.

'The Wiradjuri are the people of the three bila (rivers) and their nguram-bang (Country) is the second largest in Australia. Come with Uncle Larry Brandy on an enlightening journey through his Country’s rivers, woodlands, grasslands and rocky outcrops, as well as the murri-yang (sky world).

'Along the way, young readers will encounter animals such as bila-durang (platypus), and maliyan (wedge-tailed eagle), plants like the maybal (grass tree) and yirany (yam daisy), and discover stories like that of Tiddalik the giant frog. They will learn how Wiradjuri people lived on their Country, using the flower spikes of the grass tree as spears, soaking its flowers in water to make a sweet drink and weaving its leaves into baskets.

'This is a unique book combining language, culture, Indigenous history and storytelling, written by a Wiradjuri author. It features colour photographs of animals, plants and habitats, as well as illustrations by Indigenous artists Kristie Peters and Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney.'

Source : publisher's blurb

(Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Wombat Chris Cheng , Liz Duthie (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2021 20983333 2021 single work picture book children's 'Far underground, where dirt and tree roots mesh, are tunnels that lead to a burrow, and in this burrow Wombat’s day begins. A story about the life of a wombat, looking at the interesting way these animals build their homes, look after their family and protect themselves from predators. Wombat is a new addition to the Nature Storybooks series, which feature a lyrical narrative and engaging nonfiction combined with stunning artwork to pique the curiosity of young minds.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2021

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The F Team Rawah Arja , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2020 18796999 2020 single work novel

'Meet Tariq Nader, leader of ‘The Wolf Pack’ at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the team is formed, Tariq learns there’s a major catch – half of the team is made up of white boys from Cronulla, aka enemy territory – and he must compete with their strongest player for captaincy of the team.

'At school Tariq thinks he has life all figured out until he falls for a new girl called Jamila, who challenges everything he thought he knew. At home, his outspoken ways have brought him into conflict with his family. Now, with complications on all fronts, he has to dig deep to control his anger, and find what it takes to be a leader.

'In confronting and often hilarious situations, Tariq’s relationships with his extended Lebanese family and his friends are tested like never before, and he comes to learn that his choices can have serious consequences.'

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Future Girl Asphyxia , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19844359 2020 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.

'When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world - where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.

'As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?

'Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love Davina Bell , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949370 2020 single work novel young adult

'IDENTICAL twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother’s collection of classic literature—until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality.

'At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls’ past begin to unravel and escape is the only option.

'A sumptuously written novel of love and grief; of sisterly affection and the ultimate sacrifice; of technological progress and climate catastrophe; of an enigmatic bear and a talking whale—The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is unlike anything you’ve read before.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon When It Drops Alex Dyson , Richmond : Hardie Grant Children's Publishing , 2020 18442364 2020 single work novel young adult

'Caleb Clifford has earbuds, not real buds. And he prefers it that way.

1. They always give him what he wants to hear.

2. He can adjust the volume. 

3. If things get tangled, it's relatively easy to straighten them out again ...

Sixteen-year-old songwriter and aspiring social outcast Caleb Clifford fills his world with music, but – like most things – keeps his songs to himself. That is until his little brother leaks Caleb's most personal track online; a track that's quite obviously about his secret crush. Having his innermost feelings (accompanied by a funky bassline) go viral is not Caleb's idea of a good time. But is this the end of everything, or the start?'

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Deep Water Sarah Epstein , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18474718 2020 single work novel crime young adult

'A suspenseful mystery about a missing boy and a group of teenagers, one of whom knows something but isn't telling, from the award-winning author of Small Spaces.

'HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING
Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddied mountain bike at the train station.

'MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED
While Mason doesn't know who he is or what he's capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

'CHLOE BAXTER WANTS ANSWERS
Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe's friends knows something and she's determined to find out the truth.

'As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason's past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Lost Soul Atlas Zana Fraillon , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18883072 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'One street-boy's quest to reunite and make amends with his best friend told in an epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide of life and death itself. From the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.

'A boy awakens in the Afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious Atlas to guide him as he sets out to piece together the mystery of his final moments ...

'Meanwhile on Earth, Twig is alone as a newly-made street kid after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends, better even than blood family itself. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other. But the all-powerful Boss who rules the streets has other plans.

'Loyalty will be tested, and a cruel twist of fate will lead to an act of ultimate betrayal. But will it tear the friends apart ... forever?' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon When Rain Turns to Snow Jane Godwin , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18883135 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'A runaway, a baby and a whole lot of questions...

'Lissa is home on her own after school one afternoon when a stranger turns up on the doorstep carrying a baby. Reed is on the run - surely people are looking for him? He's trying to find out who he really is and thinks Lissa's mum might have some answers. But how could he be connected to Lissa's family - and why has he been left in charge of a baby? A baby who is sick, and getting sicker ...

'Reed's appearance stirs up untold histories in Lissa's family, and suddenly she is having to make sense of her past in a way she would never have imagined. Meanwhile, her brother is dealing with a devastating secret of his own.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Catch Me If I Fall Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19845869 2020 single work children's fiction children's

''We've been worried about Aiden too, Ash,' said Mum. 'He's always been such a ... predictable child. You're not the only one to have noticed the changes in his temperament.'

'Ash and Aiden Delatour are identical twins, living a privileged lifestyle with loving parents. In a world that has fallen apart at the seams, they want for nothing. All they have to do is be there for each other, no matter what.

'But after Aiden suffers a terrible injury, he isn't the same brother Ash always relied on. Something has changed, and it will lead to a discovery that will turn their whole world upside down.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Please Don't Hug Me Kay Kerr , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949090 2020 single work novel young adult

'The most stressful interactions for me are ones like this, where the person’s face says one thing but their words say another. Which one am I supposed to believe? Faces seem to be more truthful, but people always act as though their words are the only things that matter.

'ERIN is looking forward to schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But her plans are going awry. She’s lost her job at Surf Shack after an incident that clearly was not her fault, and now she’s not on track to have saved enough money. Her licence test went badly, which was also not her fault: she followed the instructor’s directions perfectly. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago. But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make sense.

'Kay Kerr’s Please Don’t Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood—and on the autism spectrum—and the complexities of finding out and accepting who you are and what’s important to you.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Metal Fish, Falling Snow Cath Moore , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 19549992 2020 single work novel

'Dylan and her adored French mother dream of one day sailing across the ocean to France. Paris, Dylan imagines, is a place where her black skin won’t make her stand out, a place where she might feel she belongs.

'But when she loses her mother in a freak accident, Dylan finds herself on a very different journey: a road trip across outback Australia in the care of her mother’s grieving boyfriend, Pat. As they travel through remote towns further and further from the water that Dylan longs for, she and Pat form an unlikely bond. One that will be broken when he leaves her with the family she has never known.

'Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a warm, funny and highly original portrait of a young girl’s search for identity and her struggle to deal with grief. Through families lost and found, this own-voices story celebrates the resilience of the human heart and our need to know who we truly are.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Where We Begin Christie Nieman , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2020 19895277 2020 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Anna is running into the night. Fleeing her boyfriend, her mother, and everything she has known.

'She is travelling into the country, to the land and the grandparents she has never met, looking for answers to questions that have never been asked.

'For every family has secrets.

'But some secrets - once laid bare - can never be forgiven.

'A dark, deeply compelling, coming-of-age YA novel from the author of As Stars Fall.' (Publication summary)

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19649862 2020 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Eighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father. But before she can question crime boss Frank Thringley he's turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin. Merlin is one of the youngest members of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers who police the mythic Old World wherever it impinges on the New World - in addition to running several bookshops, of course! Merlin also has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who arranged the murder of his mother. Their investigations attract attention from enemies of the Old and New Worlds. Soon they become involved in an even more urgent task to recover the grail that is the source of the left-handed booksellers' power, before it is used to destroy the booksellers and rouse the hordes of the mythic past. As the search for the grail becomes strangely intertwined with both their quests, they start to wonder… Is Susan's long-lost father a bookseller, or something altogether more mysterious?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Peta Lyre's Rating Normal Anna Whateley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18498571 2020 single work novel young adult

'At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip - and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and which rules to break…

'I'm Peta Lyre,' I mumble. Look people in the eye if you can, at least when you greet them. I try, but it's hard when she is smiling so big, and leaning in.

'Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn't designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist's rules for 'normal' behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention.

'When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta's carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all.

'When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal?

'A moving and joyful own voices debut.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Older Readers) y separately published work icon Loner Georgina Young , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 19599541 2020 single work novel young adult

'Lona has dropped out of art school and no one is quite sure why, least of all Lona. It’s just that nothing in her life seems to make sense anymore, including art. She spends her days sneaking into the darkroom at her old school to develop photographs and her nights DJ-ing at the local roller disco.

'Her aimlessness terrifies her, but everyone else appears oblivious to her fears: her parents are bewildered by her sudden lack of ambition, her brother is preoccupied with his new girlfriend, and her best friend Tab seems to be drifting away. Even a budding relationship with a bass-playing, cello-shredding med student isn’t enough to shake her existential angst.

'Lona knows it’s up to her to figure out what she wants to do with her life: the problem is, she has absolutely no idea where to start.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Year the Maps Changed Danielle Binks , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 17352169 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Sorrento, Victoria - 1999

'Fred's family is a mess. Fred's mother died when she was six and she's been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop is at the Rye Rehabilitation Centre recovering from a fall; Luca's girlfriend, Anika, has moved in; and Fred's just found out that Anika and Luca are having a baby of their own. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the map.

'But even as the world feels like it's spinning out of control, a crisis from the other side of it comes crashing in. When 400 Kosovar-Albanian refugees arrive in the middle of the night to be housed at one of Australia's 'safe havens' on an isolated headland not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family, as she navigates one extraordinary year that will change them all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The January Stars Kate Constable , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18508640 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'When fourteen-year-old Tash and her twelve-year old sister Clancy visit their Pa at his aged-care facility, they have no idea that the three of them will soon set out on an intrepid adventure. Along the way there are many challenges for Tash and Clancy to overcome. In the process, they discover their own resourcefulness and resilience; and demonstrate their heartfelt love for their grandfather.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Aster’s Good, Right Things Kate Gordon , Manly : Yellow Brick Books , 2020 20492755 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t think she’s special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn’t have left. And if she isn’t careful, everyone else will leave her too.

'Each day Aster must do a good, right thing – a challenge she sets herself, to make someone else’s life better. Nobody can know about her ‘things’, because then they won’t count. And if she doesn’t do them, she knows everything will go wrong.
Then she meets Xavier. He wears princess pajamas and has his own kind of special missions to make life better. When they do these missions together, Aster feels free…but if she stops doing her good, right things will everything fall apart?' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn Kate Gordon , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18883945 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Wonder Quinn is a lonely orphan who lives in the attic of Direleafe Hall with only a gloomy crow for company. Every year she watches the other girls return to school, hoping to find a friend among them. And every year her heart breaks when she doesn’t.

'So when a fiery new girl befriends her in class, Wonder’s dreams seem to be coming true. Mabel Clattersham is outspoken, kind and, most importantly, unafraid of the awful Georgiana Kinch.

'But as the girls grow closer, Wonder discovers her friend has a list of strange wishes: Throw a pie, leap into the sky, break someone’s heart…

'What is Mabel’s big secret? And why is she in such a hurry to finish her list? Can Wonder protect her heart from being broken all over again?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus Steven Herrick , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18883863 2020 single work novel young adult

'With their new teacher’s help, the kids in Class 5D ride to school together in a bicycle bus. Olivia can fix a puncture in two minutes and Max can ride on one wheel. Lily wishes she wasn’t quite so wobbly and Jordi’s been waiting forever to ride on the road. Dylan has a speedy getaway from alley cats, Dabir’s glad to be part of a group and Zoe’s bike even has a name (Esmeralda). Everyone loves their new way of getting to school.

'But there’s a narrow stretch on Fishers Road with no white line to separate the cyclists from the local traffic, so Zoe and Max decide they need to make it right (even if that means breaking a few rules).'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Across the Risen Sea Bren MacDibble , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19098153 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

''It's one of them days when everything is off. A hot sweaty night in Rusty Bus means we kids is all grouchy-tired. Me and my best friend, Jaguar, is trying to cool down by taking turns at dipping in the sea pool. Him standing on the sea wall made from car frames and rocks on lookout for crocs, me swimming, then we'll swap places. We's always doing things as a team, him and me. We's gonna be the best fisher people and the best salvagers on the whole of the inland sea one day.'

'Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find themselves drawn into a web of secrecy and lies that endangers the way of life of their entire community. Soon daring, loyal Neoma must set off on a solo mission across the risen sea, determined to rescue her best friend and find the truth that will save her village.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst Jaclyn Moriarty , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19654147 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to welcome him.

'Meanwhile, on the other side of the Kingdoms and Empires, Esther Mettlestone-Staranise is looking forward to another year at Katherine Valley Boarding School. But she arrives to find a number of strange and unsettling changes. For one, her new teacher is rumoured to be an Ogre. Two mysterious students have joined the school, and one of Esther's classmates is an undercover Spellbinder. Most disturbingly, the mountains surrounding the school - usually a delight of glaciers, teashops, lakes and Faeries - are now crowded with wicked Shadow Mages.

'As secrets and dangers escalate, Esther must find the answers to several puzzles. Why is her teacher behaving so oddly? Which of Esther's classmates is the Spellbinder, and can they really protect the school from gathering hordes of Shadow Mages? Could the Stolen Prince of Cloudburst be connected?

'How can Esther - who is not talented like her sisters, nor an adventurer like her cousin, but just Esther - save her family, her school and possibly her entire world?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Worse Things Sally Murphy , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18433917 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Worse Things follows the lives of three main characters: Blake, an Aussie Rules football player who suffers a devastating injury; Jolene, a hockey player who hates the game and and is grieving over the recent death of her father; and Amed, a soccer-loving, non-English speaking orphan who feels like an outsider since arriving in Australia after being raised in a refugee camp. A touching and inspirational story about connections and the things that bind us all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon We Are Wolves Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19829486 2020 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Sometimes it's good to be wild.

'Sometimes you have to be wild.

'When the Russian Army marches into East Prussia at the end of the war, the Wolf family must flee. Liesl, Otto and their baby sister Mia find themselves lost and alone, in a blizzard, in the middle of a war zone. Liesl has promised Mama that she will keep her brother and sister safe.

'But sometimes, to survive, you have to do bad things. Dangerous things. Wild things.

'Sometimes to survive, you must become a wolf.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Secret Library of Hummingbird House Julianne Negri , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 18883316 2020 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Hattie Maxwell is trying to make sense of her life since the Big Split. It used to be the four of them – Mum, Dad, Ivy and Hattie – against the universe. But lately it feels like she’s a lone star in a big galaxy. Her one escape is Hummingbird House, an old mansion with a giant mulberry tree just perfect for climbing to hide from the world.

'So when Hattie learns that the house is going to be demolished, she is determined to save it. A midnight visit becomes a step back in time, and Hummingbird House reveals its secrets: a hidden library, a mysterious new friend, and a lost treasure that could help stop the development. Can the past help Hattie to fix her present?

'A brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon When This Bell Rings Allison Rushby , Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19704417 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'This story within a story within a story celebrates the creative art of storytelling. In London's Belgravia, Tamsin lives next door to Edie St Clair, famous author of the ‘London of the Bells' series of graphic novels. With the series' tenth and final novel overdue, Tamsin offers her idol help and discovers that Edie can literally draw herself into her stories. When Edie goes missing, Tamsin draws herself into the novel and lands in a world of unexpected danger. The stakes couldn't be higher in this gripping adventure.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle Pamela Rushby , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18936933 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'A crumbling castle, a moat full of crocodiles, a catastrophe of kittens, and let’s not forget the villains and the mummies! This rambunctious story has it all.

'1873 England Orphaned Hattie goes to live with her great uncle and aunt in their crumbling castle in the English Fens. There, Great Aunt Iphigenia hosts flamboyant mummy-unwrapping parties to save her home from ruin – until the mummy supply runs out. On a dangerous search for more, a thousand miles up the Nile, Hattie is haunted by these ancient souls and tries to free them with unexpected consequences. A potent blend of fantasy and history, this rambunctious story has it all!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Bindi Kirli Saunders , Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 19598297 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

'A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

'Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Haywire Claire Saxby , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18466042 2020 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Life in Germany in 1939 is not safe for 13 year old Max Gruber so he is sent to his Uncle Ferdy in London, only to find himself sent to Australia aboard the famous ship Dunera. Arriving in rural Hay, and housed in an internment camp, he meets local boy Tom. The two new friends become allies, as their lives are affected by the growing conflict in far away Europe.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Fire Star A. L. Tait , Melbourne : Penguin , 2020 19544522 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'A maid with a plan.

'A squire with a secret.

'A missing jewel.

'A kingdom in turmoil.

'Maven and Reeve have three days to solve the mystery of the Fire Star. If they don’t, they’ll lose everything.

'This could be a complete disaster . . . or the beginning of a friendship.

'Bestselling author A. L. Tait is back with the intriguing story of two unlikely allies and a mystery to solve that could change their lives.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Beyond Belief : Heroes of the Holocaust Dee White , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18674989 2020 single work children's fiction children's war literature

'Inspired by the true story of Muslims who saved the lives of Jewish children in the Second World War. In 1942, in the Grand Mosque in Paris, 11-year-old Ruben is hiding from the Nazis. Already thousands of Jewish children have disappeared, and Ruben's parents are desperately trying to find his sister. Ruben must learn how to pass himself off as a Muslim, while he waits for the infamous Fox to help him get to Spain to be reunited with his family. One hint of Ruben's true identity and he'll be killed. So will the people trying to save him. But when the mosque is raided and the Fox doesn't come, Ruben is forced to flee. Finding himself in the south of France, he discovers that he must adjust to a new reality, and to the startling revelation of the Fox's true identity.' (Publication summary)

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Book of Chance Sue Whiting , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18434026 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Chance is in Year 7 and thinks she has it all - a loving mother, dog Tiges, best friend and almost-sister next door. But when a reality TV team makes over her house, she discovers newspaper cuttings from the past that cause her to question the world as she knows it and everyone in it. Then she finds herself caught between two realities, identities and worlds. Face-to-face with the truth, Chance has a very difficult decision to make, which almost splits her in two. This powerful story explores what is true and what is fake in today’s world. And while Chance is all about the truth, she ponders whether "Maybe being truthful was really just a big lie."'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Her Perilous Mansion Sean Williams , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18880309 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms. But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there's more at stake than just their jobs. Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it's too late?' (Publication summary)
(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Bear in Space Deborah Abela , Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19556896 2020 single work picture book children's

'Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time, and discovers just how far you can go with someone by your side.

'Bear is different. When he dreams of going into space, the other bears laugh. But Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time. In space he feels at home, but also alone, until something extraordinary happens. He discovers just how far he can go with someone by his side.

'A richly imagined story that celebrates difference, self-belief and the way friendship and acceptance can empower someone to build a better world.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Busy Beaks Sarah Allen , Sarah Allen (illustrator), Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 19679230 2020 single work picture book children's

'Journey through the day with these vibrant feathered friends!

'Full of splashing shorebirds, clattering cockatoos, parading penguins and greedy galahs, Busy Beaks is the perfect introduction to Australian birds of all shapes and sizes.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Coming Home to Country Bronwyn Bancroft , Bronwyn Bancroft (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2020 17445341 2020 single work picture book children's

'Run to the creek,
perch on a rock,
slip into clear crystal water
.

'A visual and lyrical depiction of Coming Home to Country from acclaimed author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon What Do You Call Your Grandpa? Ashleigh Barton , Martina Heiduczek (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19811369 2020 single work picture book children's

'An inclusive picture book for grandparents everywhere.

'In every country around the world are grandpas short and tall.

'Though they go by different names, we love them one and all.

'From brilliant new talents Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek, comes a charming and heart-warming book that celebrates the many different ways we say grandpa.

'What Do You Call Your Grandpa? is a love letter to grandfathers and families from every corner of the globe.' (Publication summary)

(Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Shapes and Colours John Canty , John Canty (illustrator), Kew East :