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History

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

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

'It has been published every year since 1992.'

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

Winners

2020 y separately published work icon Cooee Mittigar : A Story on Darug Songlines Jasmine Seymour , Leanne Mulgo Watson (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 17278352 2019 single work picture book

'Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country.  In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.

'Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to Nura. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest. It is also an appeal to remember, off ering new ways of seeing and reading the lands of the surrounding Sydney region.   

'With Darug language interspersed with English and an extensive glossary throughout, Cooee Mittigar presents an important tool for learning, told as a tender story with exquisite illustrations. It is Jasmine and Leanne’s wish that with this book, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here and still strong.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Weird, Wild, Amazing! Tim Flannery , Sam Caldwell (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2019 18715912 2019 single work information book children's

'Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You're about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What's it like to wrestle a python? Buckle up - you're about to find out! Bursting with bizarre facts, packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by one of the world's greatest living scientists,Professor Tim Flannery, this deep-dive into the natural world will enthral and enlighten readers. It will also make them laugh out loud ... and squirm in disgust.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Australia's Amazing Dinosaurs Timothy Frauenfelder , Sydney : Australian Geographic Pty. Ltd , 2019 18715851 2019 single work information book children's

'A guide to the dinosaurs Down Under, which ranged from ferocious carnivores to hebivorous behemoths. Meet Australia’s most famous dinosaur species, and learn about the science behind palaeontology – from how we define dinosaurs to how we’ve started learning what colour they might have been! This is the second book in the ‘Australia’s Amazing’ series, following the success of Australia’s Amazing Whales and Dolphins.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals Sami Bayly , Sami Bayly (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2019 17443111 2019 single work picture book children's

'Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!

'With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness'. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way.

'Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more 'ugly' beauties.

'This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.'

(Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Playing with Collage Jeannie Baker , Jeannie Baker (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2019 17172350 2019 single work information book children's 'A how-to guide to making your own collages, brimful of fascinating hints and tips from a master of the genre.

'Over the course of a 40-year career, Jeannie Baker has perfected the art of collage in the creation of picture-book classics such as Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Window, a Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book. Her stunning pieces, devised by assembling all sorts of different textures, are known all around the globe. Whether it's dried flowers or tiny shells, spaghetti or postage stamps, she uses the world around her to make work that is astonishingly beautiful and deeply creative. 

'In Playing with Collage, she shares her secrets at last – and encourages her readers to get creative. Within each of this book's four main sections, Jeannie presents an abstract collage of her own and offers suggestions and starting points for beginners. There are no right or wrong answers in this treasure of a book, it's all about trusting your instincts ... and playing!' (Publication summary)
 
2020 y separately published work icon Under the Stars : Astrophysics for Bedtime Lisa Harvey-Smith , Mel Matthews (illustrator), Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2019 18715657 2019 single work short story information book children's

'Under the Stars: Bedtime Astrophysics transports curious kids and inquisitive adults on an incredible journey through the night sky. Explore our solar system from the comfort of your cosy bedroom. Find out why the sky is blue. Fly around a black hole and peer inside! Learn why Jupiter has stripes. When astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith isn't looking skyward, she is answering the smart questions of school kids. Her engaging storytelling in this colourfully illustrated book brings the night sky to life, giving amazing new perspectives to young explorers who are always asking, 'Why?''

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Kulinmaya! Keep Listening, Everybody! Mumu Mike Williams , Linda Rive (translator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16563265 2019 single work biography young adult

'A magnificent celebration of Kunmanara Williams' life and art and the land rights movement in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands of Central Australia.

'I want my book to be in schools and read by politicians and young people everywhere, so that they can learn about Tjukurpa Law, and realise how crucially important Tjukurpa is to Anangu Aboriginal people. Our Tjukurpa Law is all-encompassing. It was always intended to be eternal, but we know it is at risk. This is why I am documenting it now. I want to raise people's consciousness. I want us to be acknowledged by the wider society and the government. I am hoping to start a movement of new awareness.' 

Written in Pitjantjatjara and English, this book showcases the enduring legacy of senior Mimili Maku artist Mumu Mike Williams' extraordinary life and art.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Yahoo Creek : An Australian Mystery Tohby Riddle , Tohby Riddle (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 14982710 2019 single work picture book children's

'Luminous images, accompanied by newspaper extracts dating back to the early 1800s and words by Ngiyampaa Elder Peter Williams explore the ongoing mystery of yahoo encounters.

'Throughout the first century or so of Australian settlement by Europeans, the pages of colonial newspapers were haunted by reports of a bewildering phenomenon: the mysterious yahoo or hairy man...

'But what was it?

'Yahoo Creek breathes life into this little-known piece of Australian history - which, by many accounts, is a history still in the making.'  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Young Dark Emu Bruce Pascoe , Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 15601694 2019 single work prose children's fiction children's

'Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Trouble in the Surf Stephanie Owen Reeder , Briony Stewart (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2019 17277194 2019 single work picture book children's

'It’s a hot summer’s day in Sydney Town, and nine-year-old cousins Charlie Smith and Rupert Swallow can’t wait to dive into the surf at Bondi Beach. But the beach can be a dangerous place. Out past the breakers, where the seagulls swoop and soar, lurks a strong rip that can drag unsuspecting swimmers out to sea. Travel back in time to January 1907, and join Charlie and Rupert on a true-life, heart-stopping seaside adventure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Wilam : A Birrarung Story Joy Wandin Murphy , Andrew Kelly , Lisa Kennedy (illustrator), Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2019 14800069 2019 single work picture book children's

'As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home. 

'Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon A Hollow Is a Home Abbie Mitchell , Astred Hicks (illustrator), Clayton South : CSIRO Publishing , 2019 17506232 2019 single work picture book children's

'To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole, cavity or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house!

'Come and take a peek inside the amazing world of tree hollows and discover more than 340 species of incredible Australian animals that call hollows home. With color photos of glorious gliders, darting dunnarts, minute microbats and many more, this book is full of fun facts about animals that use tree hollows as places for resting, nesting or hiding.

'Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting. There are also plenty of tips on how you can spot hollows yourself, help to protect the environment and encourage habitat for hollow-dependent animals.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Born to Fly Born to Fly : The Story of Captain Harry Butler Beverley McWilliams , Timothy Ide (illustrator), Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : MidnightSun , 2019 16978594 2019 single work picture book biography children's

'Born in 1889 on a farm in rural South Australia, Harry Butler was determined to fly. Follow Harry’s remarkable journey from studying the flight of his chickens to becoming one of Australia’s most significant pioneer aviators.

'An inspiring true story of a young Australian hero who proved that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and follow your dreams.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Australian Backyard Earth Scientist Peter Macinnis , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2019 17204383 2019 single work non-fiction children's

'Find out where rain comes from and what geysers look like! Read about soil becoming too salty and why greenhouse gases are increasing. Did you know that fog is a cloud sitting on the ground and that ice can tell you about the environment of millions of years ago? And what is lightning anyway? Australian Backyard Earth Scientist is full of fantastic photos and fascinating information that help explain different aspects of earth science - a science that discovered how old the Earth is, what fossils tell us, how mountains were created, what causes earthquakes, what the difference between weather and climate is, and why glaciers are melting. 

'From the beginnings of the planet through to climate change, 'Australian Backyard Earth Scientist' includes interesting and fun facts and projects help develop an understanding and appreciation - like making your own fossils, collecting cloud types, and using tree rings to find out about past weather. Young readers can discover the influences that have fashioned our earth - and are still acting to change it.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Now and Then Fiona Levings , Fiona Levings (illustrator), Lindisfarne : Forty South Publishing , 2019 18446380 2019 single work picture book children's

'There is a little wooden house in our town. It has been there a while. 

'Now, it is Jem's home. Then, it was Doug's home. 

'Eighty years can bring a lot of change to a small town...but what about the people who live there? 

'Were your grandparents really that different to you?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Beauty Sandra Kendell , Sandra Kendell (illustrator), Kew East : Windy Hollow , 2019 17277278 2019 single work picture book children's

'"Mrs Lee lives next door, all alone. She hates our tree'"..but does Mrs Lee realise how we are connected to each other, the trees, the animals and the whole of the natural world?

'Beauty is a story that celebrates the importance of trees, community and the relationships that nurture us all. Cleverly blending fiction and non fiction Beauty explores the role the Beauty Leaf Tree plays in the wider community of animals, insects and plants.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Searching for Cicadas Lesley Gibbes , Judy Watson (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 15944298 2019 single work picture book children's

'This lovely story about a child and their grandfather searching for cicadas is part of the award-winning narrative nonfiction Nature Storybooks series.

In the summertime, Grandpa and I go cicada-watching. We put our camping gear into my wagon and walk down to the local reserve. Last year we saw five Green Grocers, three Yellow Mondays and one Floury Baker. Can we find the rare Black Prince this year? This heartwarming nonfiction picture book is written by award-winning author Lesley Gibbes and gorgeously illustrated by Judy Watson.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Ultimate Animal Counting Book Jennifer Cossins , Jennifer Cossins (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2019 16637395 2019 single work picture book children's

'Can you count one blue whale? Probably.

'How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies?Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra's skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world - from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal - The Ultimate Animal Counting Bookis an utter delight.' (Publication summary) 
 

2020 y separately published work icon Australian Sea Life Matt Chun , Matt Chun (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2019 16851319 2019 single work information book children's

'In this stunning companion to Australian Birds, Matt Chun takes to the oceans to explore Australia’s most fascinating sea creatures, from the great white shark to the tiny soldier crab.

'Matt Chun's unique way of rendering our natural world will spark young readers' imaginations and evoke awe in all nature enthusiasts.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Argh! There's a Skeleton Inside You! Idan Ben-Barak , Julian Frost (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16559724 2019 single work picture book children's

'Quog and Oort are on their way to Kevin's birthday party. Unfortunately, their spaceship has crashed. Pick up this book to lend them a hand!

'An interstellar exploration of hands and what's inside them, from the award-winning creators of the internationally successful Do Not Lick This Book.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon One Tree Chris Cheng , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15296331 2019 single work picture book children's

'A touching and uplifting story about love, change and the importance of the natural environment in all our lives. One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

Once he told stories but now he stays silent. Until one day, in the city market, I find something precious . . . something that brings Grandfather’s memories alive again.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Tilly Jane Godwin , Anna Walker (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 17039210 2019 single work picture book children's

'Tilly’s found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Lottie and Walter Anna Walker , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 14982572 2019 single work picture book children's

''I'm not swimming,' Lottie announced.

'Lottie doesn't want to be afraid, but no matter what she does, she just can't go in the water.

'Until she finds a surprising friend, who turns out to be more helpful than Lottie could ever have imagined...'  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon The Gift Michael Speechley , Michael Speechley (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 16747196 2019 single work picture book children's

'Championing simple acts of kindness, this exquisite picture book explores the importance of friendship and the joy of giving.

'The house across the road looks abandoned, but Rosie knows someone lives there. She decides to give her mystery neighbour a gift – something different, something unusual, something surprising. Something her mum would have been proud of.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Windcatcher : Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater Diane Jackson Hill , Craig Smith (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2019 16948156 2019 single work picture book children's

'Follow the amazing 30,000 kilometre annual migration of the short-tailed shearwater.

'A short-tailed shearwater flies from the edge of the Southern Ocean to the rim of the Arctic Circle – and back – every year. This remarkable 30,000 kilometre journey is driven by seabird law.

'Instinct and community will guide her.

'A wingspan the size of a child’s outstretched arms will support her.

'But first, she must catch the wind …

'Based on birds that live on Griffiths Island, near Port Fairy, Victoria, Windcatcher is a tale of migration, conservation and survival that begins with one small bird called Hope.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Queen Celine Matt Shanks , Matt Shanks (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 14798658 2019 single work picture book children's

'Celine Beaufort was an ordinary girl. She did ordinary things, On ordinary days, In ordinary ways. But every now and then, Celine was a Queen, Of a kingdom by the sea. Celine Beaufort is queen of what she is quite certain is the most beautiful rock pool in the world. It's perfect. And to make sure nothing ever changes, she decides to build a wall around it. Unfortunately, that turns out to be a royal mistake. As self-proclaimed ruler, it's up to Celine to right her wrong and restore her rock pool to its former glory, this time with everyone welcome.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Baby Business Jasmine Seymour , Jasmine Seymour (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 15602920 2019 single work picture book children's

'Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing – it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Good Son : A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature Pierre-Jacques Ober , Jules Ober (illustrator), Alex Mankiewicz (illustrator), Felicity Coonan (illustrator), Massachusetts : Candlewick Press , 2019 15966398 2019 single work graphic novel young adult

'It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned. Now he faces execution for desertion, and as he waits in isolation, he meditates on big questions: the nature of patriotism, the horrors of war, the joys of friendship, the love of family, and how even in times of danger, there is a whole world inside every one of us. And how sometimes that world is the only refuge. Its publication coinciding with the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this moving and sparely narrated story, based on true events, is reenacted in fascinating miniature scenes that convey the emotional complexity of the tale. Notes from the creators explore the innovative process and their personal connection to the story.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Three Stephen Michael King , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 17213010 2019 single work picture book children's

'One, two, three... One, two, three... Every day was a skip and a hop for Three. He was happy to walk from here to there, wherever his nose led, or wherever his legs took him... all the way to new friends.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon I Need a Parrot Christopher McKimmie , Christopher McKimmie (illustrator), Ormond : Ford Street , 2019 17360547 2019 single work picture book children's

'But what does a parrot need?

'A book about wanting and needing: what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Nop Caroline Magerl , Caroline Magerl (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 17106910 2019 single work picture book children's

'Nop is a scruffy kind of bear. He sits on a dusty armchair in Oddmint's Dumporeum surrounded by the beaders, knitters, patchers and stitchers who are much too busy to talk to him. So he watches the litter tumble until, armed with a new bow tie, he has an idea that will change his life forever.

'This story began with a memory of Caroline's school holidays in Sydney. Her father was welding a steel yacht in a boat yard and she wandered off . . . only to discover the local dump, a home for the things people throw out! Many years later, her daughter Jen made a teddy bear out of scraps for her father. It's a very sorry-looking, but endearing creature. Named Roadkill, ten years later it still sits on top of his desk.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Mr Chicken All Over Australia Leigh Hobbs , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16866954 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Australia is full of big things, and Mr Chicken wants to see them all. A triumph from the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate.

'Australia is big, but so is Mr Chicken. He can't wait to go everywhere, see everything and meet everyone.

'Luckily, a helpful marsupial from Tourist Information helps Mr Chicken organise his hectic itinerary.

'This book is dedicated to the many children, teachers and librarians Leigh Hobbs met as the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate. '  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Mallee Sky Jodi Teoring , Tannya Harricks (illustrator), Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2019 14798504 2019 single work picture book children's

'The first people of the land call the Mallee “Nowie”. It means sunset country. When the sun goes down the red heat of the day bleeds into the sky and sets it on fire. Drought and rain – life under a Mallee Sky.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Dear Grandpa Kate Simpson , Ronojoy Ghosh (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16562256 2019 single work picture book children's

'A picture book about the special relationship between a boy and his grandfather, who stay close even when they are separated by distance.

Grandpa, did you know that if you rub a needle with a magnet, one end will point to the north and the other end to the south? In the south there's an apartment building 160 metres tall. From the balcony, you can see the entire city. There are cinemas and ice cream shops ... and me! 

As Henry measures the distance between his new apartment and Grandpa's wooden house under the mango tree, Grandpa works out how close they really are. A moving story that celebrates the bond between a boy and his grandfather.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Rodney Kelly Canby , Kelly Canby (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2019 14982299 2019 single work picture book children's

'Rodney spent most of his days looking up. Imagining, for hours, what a life high among the treetops would be like and how it would feel to be so … tall.
'Rodney is a small tortoise with a BIG dream. All he wants is to be larger. Then one day, Rodney’s dream comes true – or does it? It’s all a matter of perspective!' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Liarbird Laura Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2019 16878036 2019 single work picture book children's

'Liarbirds learn to lie from the day they hatch. They are the best in the bush at fibbing, faking, fabricating and fake-news creating. Until one lyrebird decides to go straight, and discovers that sometimes even the truth hurts.'

2020 y separately published work icon Hello Lighthouse Sophie Blackall , Sophie Blackall (illustrator), New York (City) : Little, Brown , 2018 18714199 2018 single work picture book children's

'On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold. But change is on the horizon...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Ella and the Ocean Lian Tanner , Jonathan Bentley (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16562714 2019 single work picture book children's

'A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.

Ella lived in the red-dirt country
where the earth was as dry as old bones
and it hadn't rained 
for years
and years
and years.

One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Goodbye House, Hello House Margaret Wild , Ann James (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15990677 2019 single work picture book children's

'This is the last time I'll fish in this river. This is the last time I'll run through these trees. This is the last time I'll dream by this fire. . . Goodbye, old house. Goodbye.

'A heart-warming story of letting go and starting anew, of moving from the country to the city, with a unique illustration style that allows room and space for the reader's imagination. Hello, new house. Hello!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon My Friend Fred Frances Watts , A. Yi (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15521718 2019 single work picture book children's

'My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast. I think dog food is disgusting. My friend Fred howls at the moon. I don't know why. He does a lot of funny things. But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Sleep Tight, Platypup Renée Treml , Renée Treml (illustrator), Sydney : Puffin , 2019 14894942 2019 single work picture book children's

'Poor little Platypup is frightened of the dark. What is that shadow? Who made that noise?

But there's nothing to fear. With his mother by his side, the little platypus ventures out of his burrow to explore. The moonlight dances on the water. Leaves whisper and gumnuts knock in the wind. Platypup discovers that his home by the river is just as lovely in the dark of night as it is during the day! And that's not scary at all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon You Might Find Yourself Tai Snaith , Tai Snaith (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Thames and Hudson , 2019 18706268 2019 single work picture book children's

'You Might Find Yourself follows a small person’s journey as they navigate the world through their imagination. This charming and lovingly handcrafted picture book invites readers to examine notions of resilience and collaboration, while on the winding path that is life.

'From eating green beans with a king and a queen to playing a hologram guitar from the future, You Might Find Yourself encourages an exploration of empathy and compassion. In weird and wonderful ways, Tai Snaith unleashes the power of our imagination, and on a journey full of possibilities, all you need to do is imagine where you might find yourself.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Meerkat Splash Aura Parker , Aura Parker (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 15606682 2019 single work picture book children's 'Meerkats cleaning, washing. Woooo! Slipping, sliding, swimming too. Follow Meerkat Red into the burrow and join all the colourful meerkat friends for one big crazy bathtime! But who makes the biggest meerkat splash?' (Publication summary)
2020 y separately published work icon When Billy Was a Dog Kirsty Murray , Karen Blair (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15785178 2019 single work picture book children's

''Can I please, please, please have a dog?' asked Billy. 'Would you walk it every day and wash it if it got dirty?' 'I would, I promise!' said Billy. Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one. Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Bat vs Poss Bat vs Poss : A Story About Sharing and Making Friends Alexa Moses , Anil Tortop (illustrator), Melbourne : Lothian , 2019 15593211 2019 single work picture book children's

'Meek lives with her three sisters, a gaggle of birds, lizards and other creatures next to a tumbledown terrace house. Everyone shares the space, and life is pretty sweet until the day a rude and messy fruit bat named Squabbles moves in - and demands everyone else move OUT. Will Meek be able to get rid of Squabbles, or is there a way for everyone to get along?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Little Bird's Day Sally Morgan , Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 15403012 2019 single work picture book children's

'A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon and dreams of flying among the stars. Sally’s beautiful words and Johnny’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a beautiful, distinctive publication with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic, his traditional motifs and a quirky sense of humour.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Baz and Benz Heidi McKinnon , Heidi McKinnon (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 14982408 2019 single work picture book children's

From the creator of I Just Ate My Friend, comes this warm and funny story about friendship, and its limits — or lack thereof.

'Benz, are we friends?'

'Yes, Baz, we are best friends'

'For how long?'

'For ever and ever.'

'But will they be?

'With her trademark humour, lightness of touch, and beautifully expressive illustrations, Heidi McKinnon explores friendship and its boundaries. And this one might even have a happy ending! (Maybe.)'  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Let Me Sleep, Sheep! Megan McKinlay , Leila Rudge (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 14798356 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Amos starts counting sheep, there’s one thing he doesn’t quite count on … How’s he supposed to sleep when the sheep land – THUD! THUD! – in his bedroom?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Book Chook Amelia McInerney , Connah Brecon (illustrator), Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2019 15603784 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Ray realises he is a drawing of a chicken he panics! Can he hatch a plan to get out of the book? Luckily, his plucky, clucky friend Janine is there to help.

'A hilarious tale of flying the coop and discovering home. A funny, silly, story of finding out who you are, and learning to love who you are, and where you are even if you might have been a bit mistaken on the way.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Hole Idea Beth MacDonald , Paul Macdonald , Nathaniel Eckstrom (illustrator), Beecroft : Book Trail Press , 2019 18713736 2019 single work picture book children's

'Finnian Jones lived in a house brimming with books. One morning, Finnian woke up eager to create a story of his own... Follow Finnian's journey as he takes his Gran's advice and "digs deep" to find his own ideas. Along the way he discovers much more than he expected but will he ever be able to create a story of his own?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon I See, I See Robert Henderson , Robert Henderson (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 17061511 2019 single work picture book children's

'A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view. I See, I See is a playful, rhyming call-and-answer conversation between two readers, each of whom view the page from a different perspective: I see water, I see sky, I see swimming, I see fly!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Leaping Lola Tracey Hawkins , Anil Tortop (illustrator), Frenchs Forest : New Frontier , 2019 15508665 2019 single work picture book children's

'Lola loves to dance. She flounces and bounces all day long, practising for the Black and White Ball. But she is a brown Jersey cow, not a black-and-white cow. Can she disguise herself and have a spin on the dance floor?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six Jane Godwin , A. Yi (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 14982513 2019 single work picture book children's

'Ivanhoe Swift left home when he was six.

'He had heard many songs about the world, and it was time to see it for himself.

''We won't know where you are!' cried his father.

'I'll know where you are,' said Ivanhoe. 'And you can look out for my kite in the sky. Goodbye, parents!'

A delightful story about setting off to see the world... and the joy in coming home again.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon We're Stuck! Sue deGennaro , Sue deGennaro (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15648015 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Turtle races into the lift of Building 24, there is a nod and a blink and a step to the side. A grunt and a sigh and a lean to the right. But what happens when the lift stops moving? Crocodile has a meeting to get to. And Giraffe has a doctor’s appointment. And Turtle really, really needs to get to the shop.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon A Stack of Alpacas Matt Cosgrove , Matt Cosgrove (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15447159 2019 single work picture book children's

'Smashing and splashing! Jumping and thumping! Fighting and biting! Macca is looking after his nieces and nephew and they are nothing but trouble! How will Uncle Macca tame this unruly trio?' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Little Puggle's Song Vikki Conley , Hélène Magisson (illustrator), Frenchs Forest : New Frontier , 2019 16795709 2019 single work picture book children's

'A lonely echidna searches for his voice. Every time Puggle tries to make sound nothing comes out. Can Puggle find his voice and join the bush choir?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Cat and Dog Jonathan Bentley , Jonathan Bentley (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2019 16564020 2019 single work picture book children's

'One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong?

'Cat is grumpy, fashion-obsessed, and a bit of a snob. Dog is excitable, bold, and bursting with energy. What do they have in common? They both want to see the world! It’s time to come up with a grand escape plan…

'Join these two loveable and incorrigibly mischievous pets as they team up to break out.

'They’ll need brains. They’ll need bravery. And they’ll definitely need costumes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Secrets of Magnolia Moon Edwina Wyatt , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 17106738 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Magnolia Moon is nine years old, likes Greek mythology, her best friend Imogen May (who understands the importance of questions like, "If you could be one fruit, any fruit, what would you be?"), wishing trees, and speaking crows. She knows instinctively that buffadillos are armadillos crossed with buffalos and believes there are walramingos living in her garden. She's also the kind of person who can be entrusted with a great many secrets. Each chapter in this novel, which captures Magnolia's year of being nine and ends on Chapter Almost 10, reveals a secret that Magnolia is keeping. But the novel also chronicles a year of change for Magnolia. From her best friend moving to the birth of her little brother Finnegan, Magnolia navigates every challenge and secret that comes her way with the kind of authenticity and innocence that comes from being nine years wise.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Sick Bay Nova Weetman , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 15643916 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay. Meg is a loner. Grieving over the death of her father, and struggling with changes at home, she wears slippers to school and hides out in sick bay to avoid other kids. New girl Riley, is a Type 1 diabetic and already popular. She doesn't want to go to sick bay, but sometimes she has to if she's having a high or a low. As Meg and Riley are forced to spend more and more time together in the cramped sick bay room, they start to uncover each other's secrets and find the courage to be who they really are.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Glimme Emily Rodda , Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2019 16878115 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Lone Annie sees dragons in your future. She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death. Finn's life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings. Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy — such amazing scenes and creatures can't be real! He's wrong. Soon he is going to slip through the veil between worlds and plunge into the wonders and perils of The Glimme.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2019 16093277 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'At last, Freja and her mother, Clementine, are together again. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!

'It all seems perfect, until poor Lady P appears, bandaged from head to toe after a fall (or was it a push?). Crimes break out across the city, all involving chocolate. Clementine doesn't seem her usual self. And still Freja has not solved the biggest mystery of all - who is Tobias Appleby?

'All will be revealed in the girl, the dog and the writer's final adventure by award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Catch a Falling Star Megan McKinlay , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 14798193 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world’s first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she’d forgotten. Things her mum won’t talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone’s going to keep him safe, it’s her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn’t the only thing heading straight for calamity.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Dog Runner Bren MacDibble , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 14967867 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren and dangerous landscape? Well, when you've got a few big doggos, the answer is you go mushing. When Emery is injured, Ella finds herself suddenly responsible for safely navigating the wheeled dog-sled through rough terrain, and even rougher encounters with desperate people.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Maddie in the Middle Julia Lawrinson , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2019 16815184 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Maddie Lee is in year six. Her best and oldest friend Katy is busy with school duties and music and scholarship plans, and Maddie feels lost and lonely. Then a new girl starts at school. Maddie wants more than anything to become friends with her. And she does. But Samara’s friendship comes at a high price, with consequences Maddie could never have imagined.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Songbird Ingrid Laguna , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 15404503 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Jamila has left her friends, her school and her home in Iraq, and now she has a new home. It’s safe in Australia, but Jamila is finding it hard to settle in. She misses her best friend and worries for her dad’s safety back in Iraq. It’s hard to speak and write in English all day. And Jamila has a secret she wants to keep hidden.

'When she joins the choir, Jamila begins to feel happy. Singing helps take her worries away. And singing will help her find her place in her new life, a place where she can shine.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Thing about Oliver Deborah Kelly , Capalaba : Wombat Books , 2019 18589501 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'When I'm a famous marine scientist I'll live on a boat by myself. I'll snorkel on the reef all day long. But before I can learn to snorkel I have to be able to swim properly. And right now, I don't even own a swimsuit.

'Eleven year old Tilly dreams of becoming a marine scientist. But she lives in a drought stricken town with her mum and younger brother Oliver, who is autistic. Oliver's meltdowns are making life unbearable. He can't cope with even the smallest of changes to his routine. On top of that, he needs so many different kinds therapy that there's never any time or money left over for swimming lessons.

'When Mum loses her job and decides to move the family to the Queensland coast, Tilly is excited and terrified all at once. Is this her chance to finally learn to swim? Will her dream of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef come true? Or will so many changes all at once prove too much for the whole family?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon A Different Land Paul Jennings , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16619813 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'A story of new beginnings in a new land, and a surprising, heartwarming companion to A Different Boy and A Different Dog.

'A tiny pub with a dirt floor and corrugated iron walls. A caravan containing the remnants of a dead pig. Snakes, bugs and torrential rain. Not what Christopher's family expected when they crossed the sea to find a new life.

'Add a landlord who's not what he seems, and Christopher finds himself facing challenges he could never have imagined. Will he ever be able to make a home for himself in this strange and different land?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club Tamsin Janu , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2019 15604958 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'When Winston's new step-sister-to-be Macy moves to Woobawittawoo with her dad, life in their small town quickly turns upside down. Winston is thrilled, but Macy is miserable. Wooba might have the Big Bread, but what use is a crumbling tourist attraction when Macy wants to become an Olympic gymnast? It's up to Winston and his friends to convince Macy to love Wooba as much as they do so they can stay there forever. But how? Could a gymnastics club be the answer to all their problems?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Hapless Hero Henrie Petra James , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 15424916 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Twelve-year-old Henrie is the first girl heir of the Melchior family in 200 years. This was deemed a dereliction of duty by the formidable Octavia Melchior, head of the House of Melchior (HoMe). For HoMe is in the business of heroes for hire. Boy heroes, that is. Girls have no place. When Henrie receives a mysterious note, it sets off a chain of events including a kidnapping, a fancy skateboard manoeuvre and a private jet and she discovers something rotten at the heart of HoMe. As past, present and future collide, HoMe is poised to come tumbling down … unless a new kind of hero can emerge from the rubble.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Little Wave Pip Harry , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 15423250 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

'Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around?

'Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it.

'Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon How to Make a Movie in 12 Days Fiona Hardy , Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2019 16747583 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Twelve days.

Five kids.

Many special effects.

One giant mystery.

'Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of making a horror movie - and not just the type of movie that kids make on their dodgy second-hand iPhones. When her grandma passes away, she inherits the money for a proper, grown-up camera. But before Hayley even calls 'Action!', strange things start happening... Someone is sabotaging Hayley's movie - but who? Why? And can Hayley finish her movie in time for the premiere?

'From Australia's brightest new middle-grade talent comes this love song to movies, friendship and the summer holidays.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon As Happy as Here Jane Godwin , Melbourne : Lothian Children's Books , 2019 16083463 2019 single work novel young adult

'Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.

'A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Pirate Boy of Sydney Town Jackie French , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 2019 15303808 2019 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore is the son of a ship-owner, an only child who loves the farming life on his family's estate, Badger's Hill. But when Ben's father loses their ancestral home to pay a gambling debt, Ben reluctantly joins his father in a desperate venture to win back their home, capturing enemy trading ships off the west Australian coast. While at sea, Ben must face not just the giant waves of the Southern Ocean but also Dutch guns, as well as unexpected treachery as he realises that his almost-unknown father will sacrifice even his son to make his fortune. Only the unexpected friendships of the mysterious convict Higgins and young Indigenous sailor Guwara will help Ben survive, as well as show him the true meaning of loyalty and riches. From one of Australia's most-renowned children's authors comes a book filled with swashbuckling adventures that uncovers Australian's hidden history as a pirate port and slavers' den. Ages 10+'  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon The Days of In Between Peter Fenton , Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2019 16878176 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'The shark was pale, shiny grey and quite magnificent. Hypnotised by the creature's eyes, like large black discs, he was hardly aware of other people gathering tightly around him.

'It's the last summer of the 1970s, and as 12-year-old Toby heads to the coast on a longed-for summer holiday, he finds himself almost invisible to his newly-wed father and step-mum. Toby's loneliness lifts when he meets Tara, the daughter of the local shark fisherman, who is dealing with family issues of her own.

'A terrifying incident on the old wharf begins a dramatic chain of events within the small coastal town-revealing secrets and creating ripples through both Toby's and Tara's families. A lyrical novel of the joys of childhood, friendship, facing truths, the trials of growing up and the days of in between.'

  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight Jess Black , Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 15643709 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'There's a special anniversary celebration happening at the hotel and everyone is excited – especially Mr Walker! A famous chef is flown in for the event, and although she is all smiles and sweet delights, Chef Remy is none too pleased about sharing his kitchen. Mr Walker smells trouble . . . big trouble indeed.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Detention Tristan Bancks , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 16885223 2019 single work novel young adult

'Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one.

'When they make their escape, a guard raises the alarm. Shouting, smoke bombs, people tackled to the ground. In the chaos Sima loses her parents.

'Dad told her to run, so she does, hiding in a school and triggering a lockdown. A boy, Dan, finds her hiding in the toilet block.

'What should he do? Help her? Dob her in? She's breaking the law, but is it right to lock kids up? And if he helps, should Sima trust him? Or run?

'THIS MOMENT, THESE DECISIONS, WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES. ' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon A Great Escape Felice Arena , Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15639146 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s a great escape, but will Peter survive it? When Peter’s family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he’s trapped.

'Everyone says he might never see his family again. But Peter has a courageous plan…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Impossible Music Sean Williams , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15988116 2019 single work novel young adult

'Music is Simon's life—which is why he is devastated when a mini-stroke obliterates his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counselled, refusing to learn sign language, refusing to have anything to do with deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own hearing loss. In an emotionally compelling tale crackling with originality, Simon's quest to create an entirely new form of music forces him into a deeper understanding of his relationship to the hearing world, of himself, and of the girl he meets along the way.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Take the Shot Sue White , South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2019 16841849 2019 single work novel young adult

'15-year-old Bug has a secret. Actually, he has a lot of secrets. Bug’s secrets have secrets by this point.

'Number one: his parents don’t know he is playing basketball again. Number two: his new teammates have no idea he isn’t allowed to play, and they definitely don’t know why. Number three: Bug’s (pretty much only) friend at his new school has no clue he lied about her to get the basketball team together. Bug will do anything to keep his secrets, keep his new team and keep his life from falling apart.

'Because no one can know secret number four: Bug risks his life every time he steps out onto the basketball court.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon This is How We Change the Ending Vikki Wakefield , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 16863784 2019 single work novel young adult

'I have questions I’ve never asked. Worries I’ve never shared. Thoughts that circle and collide and die screaming because they never make it outside my head. Stuff like that, if you let it go—it’s a survival risk.

'Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things—how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick.

'Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

'This is How We Change the Ending is raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you’re not a hero.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Invisible Boys Holden Sheppard , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2019 16815108 2019 single work novel young adult

'In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who's not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon When the Ground Is Hard Malla Nunn , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15785350 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and together they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. When a boy goes missing on campus, Adele and Lottie must work together to solve the mystery, and in the process learn the true meaning of friendship.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Angel Mage Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15477384 2019 single work novel fantasy

'From fantasy master Garth Nix comes a new world of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.

'The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long-believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer; Simeon the doctor; Dorotea the mage; and Henri, one of the Cardinal's clerks, and take them into utmost danger ...

'Set in an alternate 17th century where angels can be summoned (and controlled) by those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.'  (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Promise Me Happy Robert Newton , Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15644021 2019 single work novel young adult

'I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really. The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that . . . when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are.

'Nate’s had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He’s done things he regrets.

'But he’s never met anyone like Gem. She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’ll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon All that Impossible Space Anna Morgan , Melbourne : Lothian Children's Books , 2019 16083658 2019 single work novel young adult

'15-year-old Lara Laylor feels like supporting character in her own life. She's Ashley's best friend, she's Hannah's sister - she's never just Lara.

'When new history teacher Mr. Grant gives her an unusual assignment: investigating the mystery of the Somerton Man. Found dead in on an Adelaide beach in 1948, a half-smoked cigarette still in his mouth and the labels cut out of his clothes, the Somerton Man has intrigued people for years. Was he a spy? A criminal? Year 10 has plenty of mysteries of its own: boys, drama queen friends, and enigmatic new students. When they seem just as unsolvable as a 60-year-old cold case, Lara finds herself spending more and more time on the assignment. But Mr Grant himself may be the biggest mystery of all...

'Interspersed with fictionalised snapshots of the Somerton Man investigation, ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE is a coming of age novel exploring toxic friendships and the balance of power between teacher and student, perfect for fans of Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Monuments Will Kostakis , Melbourne : Lothian Children's Books , 2019 16083358 2019 single work novel young adult fantasy

'When Connor Giannopoulos discovers a Monument under his high school, he doesn't have any idea how much his life is going to change forever. It turns out that immortality and strength beyond his wildest dreams is a bit more responsibility than he bargained for.

'All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor's life will never be the same again.

'Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments - gods who have been buried for generations - who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they're exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn't sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon It Sounded Better in My Head Nina Kenwood , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 16746606 2019 single work novel young adult

'When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day—in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed and nothing is quite making sense.

'Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

'It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters—from an exciting new voice in Australian YA writing.' (Publication summary)

2020 y separately published work icon Aurora Rising Jay Kristoff , Amie Kaufman , Sydney : Random House Australia , 2019 14936140 2019 single work novel young adult science fiction

'The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates 
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

NOBODY PANIC.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Honeyman and the Hunter Neil Grant , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15402823 2019 single work novel young adult

'Rudra, the son of a fisherman, lives quietly in a small town on the Central Coast of NSW. He has dealt with racism his whole life but hasn't engaged with his Indian heritage until two events change the pattern of his days: his grandmother, his Didima, visits from India; and then while out fishing, Rudra and his dad haul up a tiger skull in their net. Soon Rudra and his mum are on a journey to India, where Rudra seeks to discover answers to the questions he'd never thought to ask. A wonderfully compelling novel underpinned by journeys of discovery and notions of belonging.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Ghost Bird Lisa Fuller , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 16861510 2019 single work novel young adult

'Remember daughter, the world is a lot bigger than anyone knows. There are things that science may never explain. Maybe some things that shouldn’t be explained.

Stacey and Laney are twins – mirror images of each other – and yet they’re as different as the sun and the moon. Stacey works hard at school, determined to get out of their small town. Laney skips school and sneaks out of the house to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey can’t believe she’s just run off without telling her.

As the days pass and Laney doesn’t return, Stacey starts dreaming of her twin. The dreams are dark and terrifying, difficult to understand and hard to shake, but at least they tell Stacey one key thing – Laney is alive. It’s hard for Stacey to know what’s real and what’s imagined and even harder to know who to trust. All she knows for sure is that Laney needs her help.

Stacey is the only one who can find her sister. Will she find her in time?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon How It Feels to Float Helena Fox , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2019 15644206 2019 single work novel young adult

'Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface–normal okay regular fine.

'But after what happens on the beach–first in the ocean, and then in the sand–the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, sweeter to float all the way away? Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, bring him back to her. Or maybe–maybe maybe maybe–there’s a third way Biz just can’t see yet.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Last Balfour Cait Duggan , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2019 15931952 2019 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Iona Balfour's life is turned upside down when her beloved aunt Grizel is executed for the crime of witchcraft. Before she dies, Grizel appoints Iona as guardian of a precious family bloodstone and tells her she must flee their village and deliver the stone to the mysterious Guild of the Green Lion.

'Accompanied by a new friend, Cal, Iona soon realises that she's awakened the powers of the bloodstone. But it promises to be a perilous journey. The wolf month is no time to be on the road. And there's a witch hunter on Iona's trail, who has a strange obsession with the stone.

'When a devastating betrayal throws her into the hands of her enemies, Iona soon finds herself in the fight of her life. Will she suffer the same fate as her aunt, or will she escape the witch hunter and fulfil her destiny?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Boy Who Steals Houses C.G. Drews , London : Orchard Books , 2019 15644075 2019 single work novel young adult

'Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.

'Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing -- each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

'But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Wai Chim , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16559611 2019 single work novel young adult

'A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.

'Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

'But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

'A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon Devil's Ballast Meg Caddy , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 15404439 2019 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her violent husband, James, into the arms of pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. Now she’s ensconced aboard Jack’s ship Ranger, passing as a cabin boy and playing her ruthless part in a crew that is raining down mayhem and murder on the ships of the Caribbean. But James Bonny is willing to pay to get his ‘property’ back. And pirate-hunter Captain Barnet is happy to take his money. The Ranger’s a fast ship: Anne might just be able to outrun Barnet. But can she outrun the consequences of her relationship with Calico Jack?

'Devil’s Ballast is action-packed yet nuanced, culturally relevant and sharp as a cutlass. Based on the true story of Anne Bonny, this new novel by the remarkable Meg Caddy brings to life one of history’s most fascinating anti-heroines.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 y separately published work icon The Man in the Water Dave Burton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 17237520 2019 single work novel young adult

'On the first day of year 10, Shaun sees a dead body.

'When Shaun finds a body floating in the lake of a quiet mining town in outback Queensland, he immediately reports it to the police. But when he returns to the site with the constable, the body is gone.

'Determined to reveal the truth, Shaun and his best friend, Will, open their own investigation. But what they discover is far more sinister than they expected, and reveals a darkness below the surface of their small town.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Bookseller's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Cicada work in tall building.

'Data entry clerk. Seventeen year.

'No sick day. No mistake.

'Tok Tok Tok!

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

'Tricky’s having a very bad day!

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Eww! What a stinker!

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

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

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

2019 y separately published work icon All the Ways To Be Smart Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble , 2018 14571374 2018 single work picture book children's

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

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

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

Source: Publilsher's blurb.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

'When his village is attacked, Hauk Johanson has no choice but to step up and lead the young Vikings on a quest for revenge. But there is one problemthe young Vikings have never fought in battle. Can Hauk and his friends master the skills of sw