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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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Before the Beginning Anna Morgan , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 22125874 2020 single work novel young adult

The story of four friends, a mysterious stranger, and the week when everything changed. For fans of We Were Liars.

Schoolies week: that strange in-between time when teenagers move from school into the adult world. It's a week when anything is possible, and everything can change.

'Grace is questioning everything she thought about herself, and has opted not to join her clique of judgemental friends for schoolies, instead tagging along with her brother Casper and his friends. Casper, an artist, is trying to create the perfect artwork for his uni application folio. Overachieving, anxiety-ridden Noah is reeling from a catastrophe that might have ruined his ATAR result. And Elsie is just trying to figure out how to hold their friendship group together.

'On the first night of the trip, they meet Sierra, a mysterious girl with silver-grey hair and a magnetic personality. All of them are drawn to her for different reasons, and she persuades them to abandon the cliched schoolies experience in favour of camping with her on a remote, uninhabited island. On that island, each of them will find answers to their questions. But what does Sierra want from them?

'An empathetic and suspenseful coming-of-age story from the author of All That Impossible Space.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Saltie Mumma Sandra Kendell , Sandra Kendell (illustrator), Kew East : Windy Hollow , 2020 21158165 2020 single work picture book children's

'Way up north in the Territory, scary creatures swim in the rivers and the sea.

'BIG enough, FIERCE enough to even eat me.

'Saltie Mumma is lurking, watchful, hungry, and cranky, but why is she so busy and what is she protecting?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather Stephanie Owen Reeder , Tania McCartney (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2020 21158096 2020 single work information book children's

'Did you know that, in 2009, a massive dust storm in Australia blew red dust and sand all the way to New Zealand, where it turned the glaciers pink? That, in 1899, Cyclone Mahina plucked dolphins out of the ocean in Far North Queensland and deposited them on cliff tops? That it snowed at Uluru in 1997?

'In Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather, readers are introduced to the wide range of weather in Australia, with bite-size pieces of information presented alongside graphic illustrations to entice young readers. Older readers will enjoy the detailed explanations about everything weather, from what causes certain phenomena to reading weather maps, exploring the climate of the past and preparing for the climate of the future.

'With sections about Australia's extreme weather and the effects of climate change, Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather gently introduces young readers to the challenges of a warming planet and encourages them to be mindful of impact their actions have on the environment.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Matthew Flinders : Adventures on Leaky Ships Carole Wilkinson , Prue Pittock (illustrator), Fitzroy : Wild Dog Books , 2020 18306303 2020 single work picture book children's

 'Matthew Flinders was a country boy who wanted to be a sailor. He lived at a time when ocean voyages took months, sometimes years. His life at sea was full of adventure and danger. He was the first to sail all the way around Australia. He drew the first complete map of the continent. Sailing was a dangerous business in Matthew's time that could end in shipwreck, disease or death. He wanted to make it safer for sailors by making his map as accurate as possible.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Kookaburra Claire Saxby , Tannya Harricks (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19557207 2020 single work picture book children's

'An exciting new addition to the narrative nonfiction series Nature Storybooks, about kookaburras.

'In the crinkled shadows night-dwellers yawn, day-creatures stretch and Kookaburra laughs. Kook-kook-kook. Kak-kak-kak.

'The team behind Dingo is back again with a new addition to the Nature Storybooks series. The kookaburra, perhaps Australia's best-loved bird, is shown in all her glory in a stunning and vivid landscape. Follow along as Kookaburra finds food for her young and goes searching for a nest with her mate.

'Full of fun and interesting facts about kookaburras - perfect for nature lovers and budding wildlife scientists.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe Shirley Purdie : My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe Shirley Purdie , Shirley Purdie (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 20423109 2020 single work picture book children's

'Told in English and Gija, this is the story of Shirley Purdie, famous Gija artist, as told through her paintings, as part of the Ngaalim-Ngalimboorro Ngagenybe exhibition created for the 2018 National Portrait Gallery exhibition So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history. The exhibition will be rehung, in Gallery 1, to coincide with the launch of My Story, along with a series of cultural engagement activities based on My Story.

'This is the first book in the Kimberley Art Centre Series. The series focuses on developing the skills of Kimberley Aboriginal artists in children’s picture book storytelling and illustration.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Will the Wonderkid : Treasure Hunter of the Australian Outback Stephanie Owen Reeder , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2020 18447609 2020 single work biography children's

'Do you know how the Coober Pedy opal fields were discovered? In December 1914, when Australia was suffering from the worst drought in recorded history, Will Hutchison, his dad, two other explorers and six camels headed out into outback South Australia in search of gold. Will was only 15, and he'd never ridden a camel or been in a desert before. Not surprisingly, both gold and water proved difficult for the expeditioners to find. Finally, in a desperate search for drinking water, the men left Will alone at their remote campsite. While they were away, fed up with babysitting camels and fighting off flies, Will made the dangerous decision to head out into the desert by himself in search of water. Against the odds, this plucky teenager not only survived the experience but also made a truly remarkable discovery. This is the true story of Will Hutchison, treasure hunter extraordinaire.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Hold On! : Saving the Spotted Handfish Gina Newton , Rachel Tribout (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2020 20922971 2020 single work picture book children's

'Have you ever seen a fish that could do a handstand?

'This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two things: walking on its 'hands' (pectoral fins), and being the first marine fish anywhere in the word to be listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Spotted Handfish has survived since the time of the dinosaurs — until now. Invasive sea stars, pollution and climate change mean that this unique Australian is in real trouble — raise your hand if you want to know more!

'Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish is perfect for primary aged readers.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Little Lon Andrew Kelly , Clifton Hill : Wild Dog Books , 2020 19685573 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Little Lon scrapes back the layers of history to show how people lived and worked in a post settlement Australian city. Behind the grand buildings of the big streets was Little Lon. A working-class district of little houses and narrow lanes, bursting with life and the stories of the people who lived there. The poor of the time are not often celebrated in traditional histories, but Little Lon shows us something of the way people really lived.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon There's a Zoo in My Poo! Felice Jacka , Rob Craw (illustrator), Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2020 20449737 2020 single work picture book children's 'There's a Zoo in your Poo!
It needs a Zookeeper
And that Keeper is YOU!

'Did you know that trillions of tiny bugs live in and on all of us? And there's a Zoo of bugs in our poo. But which are the good bugs and which are the bad? What should we eat to keep our good bugs happy and our body strong?

'Get to the guts of what you need to know about you and your poo.

'Professor Felice Jacka is a world expert in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry and gut health. Teacher and musician Rob Craw is a world expert at drawing bugs!

'They want kids to know all about the amazing stuff going on in their bodies.

'Get ready for a journey inside the most exciting of places ... YOU!' (Publication summary)
2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Strangers on Country Dave Hartley , Kirsty Murray , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2020 18447776 2020 single work biography

'Imagine you find a stranger on your favourite beach. They are pale, starving, desperate for shelter and speak a language you can't understand. Despite your fears, you treat them with kindness. You feed them and comfort them. They become like family to you and learn how to live on country. 

''Strangers on Country' describes the experiences of six Europeans who were taken in by Indigenous communities of eastern Australia between the 1820s and 1870s. The shipwreck survivors and runaway convicts stayed alive only through their hosts' generosity.  

'Too often Australian history is told only from a European perspective. Imagining events from both Indigenous Australian and European perspectives, the authors have brought to life remarkable true stories that inspire connection and understanding.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Dry To Dry : The Seasons Of Kakadu Pamela Freeman , Liz Anelli (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19557156 2020 single work picture book children's

'This Nature Storybook follow-up to the award-winning Desert Lake is a stunningly illustrated and extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife of Kakadu National Park, from the Dry to the Wet to the Dry again.

'In the tropical wetlands and escarpments of Kakadu National Park, the seasons move from dry to wet to dry again. Those seasons have shaped the astonishing variety of plants, animals, birds, insects ... migratory birds by the thousands, grasshoppers and owls, lizards and turtles, fruit bats and spear grass. And, gliding past them all in the rivers and waterholes, the long, sinuous shapes of crocodiles ...'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Mummy Animal Book Jennifer Cossins , Jennifer Cossins (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18426229 2020 single work picture book children's

'Did you know that a mother peacock is called a peahen and a baby peacock is called a peachick?

'The Mummy Animal Book is an adorable and informative picture book about mummy animals and their babies.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Daddy Animal Book Jennifer Cossins , Jennifer Cossins (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2020 19121628 2020 single work picture book children's

'Did you know that a daddy gorilla is called a silverback and a baby gorilla is called an infant? Or that a daddy turkey is called a gobbler and a baby turkey is called a poult?' (Publication summary)

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon Azaria : A True History Maree Coote , Maree Coote (illustrator), Melbourne : Melbournestyle Books , 2020 18081707 2020 single work picture book children's

'A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that sensitively explores the collision of wilderness and civilisation, explains a famous miscarriage of justice, and examines the role of the media in history-telling, in an appropriate manner for children.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Eve Pownall Award) y separately published work icon The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals Sami Bayly , Sami Bayly (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2020 19678195 2020 single work information book children's

'Dangerous animals get a bad rap, but this beautifully illustrated encyclopaedia helps us appreciate the incredible features of some of our more hair-raising animal species.

'With more than sixty of the most deadly and dangerous animals from across the world to explore, every page of this beautifully illustrated volume is more eye-opening than the last. You will learn interesting facts about these fascinating species, (many of which you won't have even known were deadly) such as how they have adapted to survive and whether we should be threatened by these animals or appreciate them for their incredible features. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals from the geography cone snail to the wolverine, the Irukandji jellyfish to the slow loris, debating their relative dangerous features, learning about science and nature along the way. ' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Who's Your Real Mum? Bernadette Green , Anna Zobel (illustrator), London : Scribble , 2020 17414608 2020 single work picture book children's '‘Elvi, which one is your mum?’

‘They’re both my mums.’
‘But which one’s your real mum?’

'When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi’s two mums is her real mum, she gives him lots of clues. Her real mum is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of web.

'But Nicholas still can’t work it out! Luckily, Elvi knows just how to explain it to her friend.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Good Question Good Question : A Tale Told Backwards Sue Whiting , Annie White (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18433675 2020 single work picture book children's

'Have you ever wondered why Henny Penny thought the sky was falling? Well, here’s a story that might just give you the answer. Told from Fox’s point of view this magical tale links fairy story and nursery rhyme characters in a delightful, funny and quirky way. All Fox wants is a tasty meal to fill his hungry belly. But he keeps wandering into the WRONG stories. No dinner for him – just more trouble! Will Fox ever find the RIGHT story?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Hello Jimmy! Anna Walker , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 20541222 2020 single work picture book children's

'A tender, touching story of a young boy and his father; of what comes between them and what brings them together

'One day, a parrot appears on the doorstep. His name is Jimmy. Dad thinks Jimmy is amazing. He’s loud, he’s funny and he’s full of surprises! But Jack doesn’t like surprises. Not at all…' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Girl from the Sea Margaret Wild , Jane Tanner (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18880579 2020 single work picture book children's

'A poetic ghost story with stunning images from two of Australia's finest children's book creators

'Who lives in that cottage by the sea?
I wish. I wish. I wish it was me.

'A lyrical masterpiece by Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner.' (Publication summary) 

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon My Shadow is Pink Scott Stuart , Scott Stuart (illustrator), Melbourne : Larrikin House , 2020 19686320 2020 single work picture book children's

'My Shadow is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story that touches on the subjects of gender identity, self acceptance, equality and diversity.

'Inspired by the author’s own little boy, ‘Shadow’s’ main character likes princesses, fairies and things ‘not for boys’...he soon learns (through the support of his dad) that everyone has a shadow that they sometimes feel they need to hide. This is an important book for a new generation of children (and adults alike) which exemplifies the concepts of unconditional love, respect and positive parenting.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Anisa's Alphabet Mike Dumbleton , Hannah Sommerville (illustrator), Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : MidnightSun , 2019 16978646 2019 single work picture book children's

'For many refugees the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa’s Alphabet is different. A poignant and highly imaginative telling of one girl’s story which will appeal to children and adults alike ... Come with Anisa, and see things through her eyes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon The Fire Wombat Jackie French , Danny Snell (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2020 20732875 2020 single work picture book children's

'As the bushfire swallowed up the world they knew, a wombat shared her burrow with other animals.

'As the flames of a bushfire approach, one small wombat shelters with other animals in her burrow. But that is just the beginning of their journey to safety.

'Based on events witnessed by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French during the 2020 fires, and co-created with award-winning illustrator Danny Snell, this is a story of courage, compassion and survival, which saw people across Australia come together to save our wildlife from devastation.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Your Birthday was the BEST! Maggie Hutchings , Felicita Sala (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2020 18575649 2020 single work picture book children's

'From the author of the best-selling Mermaid! and Unicorn! and one of the world’s hottest new picture-book illustrators comes the story of a plucky young cockroach who gate-crashes a birthday party – with hilarious results. Funny, silly and surprisingly cute, Your Birthday Was the BEST! is the perfect blend of downright gross and delightfully entertaining.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon How to Make a Bird Megan McKinlay , Matt Ottley (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19897910 2020 single work picture book

'Extraordinary imagery and rich language spark the reader's imagination as they enter the creative world of a young girl.

'From award-winning author Meg McKinlay and celebrated artist Matt Ottley comes a moving and visually stunning picture book that celebrates the transformative power of the creative process from inception through recognition to celebration and releasing into the world. We shadow the protagonist as she contemplates the blue print of an idea, collects the things that inspire from the natural world to shape a bird. And breathes life into it before letting it fly free. It shows how small things, combined with a little imagination and a steady heart, can transform into works of magic.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Jelly-Boy Nicole Godwin , Chris Nielsen (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 17420319 2020 single work picture book children's

'An unconventional, every-kid picture book that has the potential to inspire the next generation of readers to protect our oceans.

'What happens when a jellyfish falls in love with a plastic bag she mistakes for a jelly-boy? Jelly-Boy is different. He is big and strong. And not as wobbly as the other Jelly-boys. By the time Jelly-Girl discovers the dangerous truth about her new friend, it may already be too late. This is an inventive approach to tackling a conservation issue that is plaguing our world: too much plastic in the ocean. Told in a kid-friendly and humorous way, this is a story with the potential to encourage dialogue around an important issue.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra Christopher McKimmie , Christopher McKimmie (illustrator), Ormond : Ford Street , 2020 20000404 2020 single work picture book children's

'Past the mountains where the dinosaurs used to roam. Past the big pineapple. Surfin’ at the beach. Dancin’ at the disco. Making new friends. Missing old ones. Colin’s accidental holiday has to come to an end.

'He needs to go home and find his family.'

Source: publisher's blurb

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Sing Me the Summer Jane Godwin , Alison Lester (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2020 19843943 2020 single work picture book children's

'Splash into summer with this glorious love letter to the seasons.

'Combining Jane Godwin's sparkling text and Alison Lester's whimsical watercolours, Sing Me the Summer celebrates those precious everyday moments that stay with us forever.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Diamonds Armin Greder , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19523179 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Mama, if I was to dig a hole in our garden, would I find a diamond? No, darling, there are no diamonds here. Where are diamonds, then? Oh, in other countries. In Africa for example . . . A powerful parable that explores how the desire for endless riches perpetuates chains of inequality and corruption.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Ellie's Dragon Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18936566 2020 single work picture book children's

'When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie's mum and her teacher can't see her fiery friend, but all her friends can - and, over the years, Ellie's dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too...

'A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia's most revered bookmakers.' (Publication summary) 

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Norton and the Bear Gabriel Evans , Gabriel Evans (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2020 19656881 2020 single work picture book children's

'Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying? This hilarious read-aloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible way, This is a must-have for every child you know.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Littlelight Kelly Canby , Kelly Canby (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2020 18577068 2020 single work picture book children's

'When bricks start to go missing from the town's four walls, the mayor whips his citizens into a frenzy of aggravation. But when the town's people find the thief, and her motive, they discover perhaps it is the mayor who is the problem. Illustrated in moody black and white with dynamic neon highlights, this is a thought-provoking tale of tolerance and acceptance.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Wombat Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Lindfield : Omnibus Books , 2020 19902700 2020 single work picture book children's

'A rhythmic, read-aloud (and rather silly) burrow into the unseen world of the wombat.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Who Am I? Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2020 18929303 2020 single work picture book children's

'Am I my body? Am I my mind? Who am I? Take a trip into deepest inner space to answer one of life's biggest questions. This is a book for anyone who has ever paused to wonder exactly who is wondering.'(Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Not Cute Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2020 19141693 2020 single work picture book children's

'Quokka did not like being cute. Not one bit. The romping, stomping, chomping tale of one stubbornly adorable marsupial.'

Source: publisher's blurb

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Give Me Some Space! Philip Bunting , Philip Bunting (illustrator), Gosford : Omnibus Books , 2020 19894574 2020 single work picture book children's

'Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Wolfred Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 19680173 2020 single work picture book children's

'A mesmerising new story and instant classic from the beloved author of the best-selling ​Very Cranky Bear books. 

'Fancy Pants Tower is the biggest, shiniest building in the city. And Wolfred operates the lift.

'Each day he silently observes the extraordinary things he sees as he passes between the floors of the tower. To his boss, Wolfred isn’t important enough to notice. But Wolfred notices everything – big, small, normal or very, very strange ...' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon The Unwilling Twin Freya Blackwood , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2020 20732940 2020 single work picture book children's

'Jules and George are the same in every way.

'It is quite impossible to tell them apart.

'Like all twins, Jules and George do everything together. But after a long, hot day at the beach, even twins sometimes disagree ...' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me Maggie Hutchings , Evie Barrow (illustrator), Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2020 19122049 2020 single work picture book children's

'When you are small

you can see

 things that

grown-ups

are too busy

to notice . . .

'Everyone walks right past Pete - except for one little boy. He notices Pete's drawings, and big smile, and soon he has a new friend. When Pete gets sick, the boy wants to help. But how do you help someone get better when they don't have a home?A heartfelt, moving story about the importance of really seeing the world around us and the power in tiny acts of kindness.'(Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon The Biscuit Maker Sue Lawson , Liz Anelli (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19556660 2020 single work picture book children's

'Benedict Stanley lives alone with his cat in Mavin Road where families hustle, joggers puff and workers scurry to the train. There's no time for hellos or chats. So Benedict begins making biscuits to mark moments in all their lives, leaving them secretly at their doors. People start talking. Who is this mysterious biscuit maker? When Benedict falls ill, young Rory, the only person to know his secret, gathers the residents of Mavin Road and brings them to his door. A beautiful heart-warming book that celebrates community and human connection.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Picture Books) y separately published work icon Sometimes Cake Edwina Wyatt , Tamsin Ainslie (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18433778 2020 single work picture book children's

'For anyone who has ever wished for a party every day of the year, this is a story about finding your own reasons to have cake.

'Christopher Robin had Pooh. Calvin had Hobbes. Audrey has Lion. This is the story of two friends learning the joy of celebrating the every day because sometimes it's important to enjoy things like Tuesdays, coconuts, orange, purple, and lions.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Ten Little Figs Rhiân Williams , Nathaniel Eckstrom (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18082229 2020 single work picture book children's

'Ten little figs are on my tree. I love figs and they're all for me. Ten Little Figs is a joyful rhyming picture book about a child keeping careful watch of the figs on the fig tree in his backyard. With his dog by his side, he counts down the number of figs as they are taken by various hungry Australian animals (flying fox, finches, green ants and others) until only one fig is left. Who will get that very last fig? Luckily Dad comes to the rescue and surprises his little one with the very last fig.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Pink! Margaret Wild , Judith Rossell (illustrator), Sydney : Working Title Press , 2020 18854773 2020 single work picture book children's

'Pink was born to stand out

'Pink is a small dinosaur who stands out from the crowd. Hide-and-seek is her favourite game, but her colour means she's always the first one to be found. She doesn't want to be pink anymore ... until her difference helps her friends find their way home again.

'An adorable new picture book about accepting yourself and finding your strengths, from award-winning author Margaret Wild and award-winning illustrator Judith Rossell.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Bin Chicken Kate Temple , Jol Temple , Ronojoy Ghosh (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18673386 2020 single work picture book children's

'Diving in dumpsters, traipsing through trash! Rummaging through rubbish, making a splash! 'Revolting!' they snort, starting to sicken, 'Trash Turkey! Dumpster Duck! BIN CHICKEN!' One bird's trash is another bird's treasure-find out why the ibis is the queen of the rubbish pile!'  (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon This Small Blue Dot Zeno Sworder , Zeno Sworder (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Thames and Hudson , 2020 18853297 2020 single work picture book children's

'With a strong message of interconnectedness, hope and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot follows a little girl exploring the big and small things in life. From contemplating our place on this 'blue dot' to the best Italian, Chinese and Indian desserts, the book provides a broader, more inclusive view of who we are, where we come from and where our dreams may take us. Delivering big lessons with playful humour, the precocious young narrator shares her take on nature and the environment, wisdom from elders, broccoli, embracing difference and the power of imagination. This Small Blue Dot captures not only lessons on life but also the sense of fun and strangeness that comes with being a member of the human family on planet Earth.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon We Love You, Magoo Briony Stewart , Briony Stewart (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 19545126 2020 single work picture book children's

'A classic in the making - joyous and playful, this will be read again and again. Pitched perfectly at the preschooler, just learning the rules who loves being the boss.
'Gorgeous illustrations and a rhyming text that's a delight to read out loud.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Respect Fay Muir , Sue Lawson , Lisa Kennedy (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 18674147 2020 single work picture book children's

'Our Way is old.
Older than the red earth.
Older than flickering stars.
Our way is respect.

'A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon There's No Such Thing Heidi McKinnon , Heidi McKinnon (illustrator), Crows Nest : Albert Street Books , 2020 18508565 2020 single work picture book children's

'Bear can't sleep. Did you hear that? Did you feel that? What was it? It wasn't a hungry giant or a blood-sucking spider or a firebreathing dragon because there is NO SUCH THING . . . Is there?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Anemone is not the Enemy Anna McGregor , Anna McGregor (illustrator), London : Scribble , 2020 19695126 2020 single work picture book children's

'Anemone lives alone in the rock pool. The tide comes in and the tide goes out.

'All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you.

'Perhaps Clownfish has a solution to the problem ...' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3 Frane Lessac , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19897068 2020 single work picture book children's

'On a coral reef in the big blue sea, count the ocean creatures 1, 2, 3.

'Count from one giant whale shark all the way to twelve tired seahorses, meeting and learning about plenty of playful Australian sea creatures along the way. With vibrant artwork, simple facts about each creature and a gentle conservation message, Frané Lessac’s Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3 is a celebration of twelve fish and friends living in our seas.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon My Wonderful Grandmother Kate Knapp , Kate Knapp (illustrator), Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2020 18586188 2020 single work picture book children's

'Let Ruby welcome you into her world as she tells you all the wonderful things about her grandmother.

'What's wonderful about my grandmother is she wears x-ray spectacles.

'She can see deep inside me and knows just what I'm feeling.

'Ruby Red Shoes is an aware hare who lives in a colourful caravan with her grandmother, Babushka Galina Galushka.

'Ruby loves her grandmother very much and thinks she is wonderful for all sorts of very special reasons.

'What's wonderful about your grandmother?' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon No! Never! Libby Hathorn , Lisa Hathorn-Jarman , Mel Pearce (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18579923 2020 single work picture book children's

'There was a child,

'The sweetest ever,

'Until she learned these words:

'NO! NEVER!'

'Georgie is a sweet little girl who always makes her parents happy... until she discovers one powerful phrase: No! Never!

'It suddenly becomes her answer to every request, from tidying up her toys to going to bed. Her parents are at their wits end, but what happens when they decide to try saying No! Never! themselves?'

'A lovely, lively look at the Terrible Twos (or Threes, or Fours, or Fives...) from mother-daughter team Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, with debut illustrator Mel Pearce. Perfect for any parent dealing with tantrums, defiant behaviour or communication issues.' (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Me and My Boots Penny Harrison , Evie Barrow (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2020 17445414 2020 single work picture book children's

'Mum calls them my brave-girl boots.
My bold-as-brass, adventure boots
I’m off to snare the dragon boots.
I’ll drag him home for tea.

'Me and My Boots is the first title staring Bronte, a fun-loving character who inadvertently challenges gender stereotypes though her everyday adventures. In Me and My Boots, Bronte rejects the label bossy boots, and in introducing us to her family and friends, offers up alternative ways to describe assertive girls like herself.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Who's Your Real Mum? Bernadette Green , Anna Zobel (illustrator), London : Scribble , 2020 17414608 2020 single work picture book children's '‘Elvi, which one is your mum?’

‘They’re both my mums.’
‘But which one’s your real mum?’

'When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi’s two mums is her real mum, she gives him lots of clues. Her real mum is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of web.

'But Nicholas still can’t work it out! Luckily, Elvi knows just how to explain it to her friend.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon I'll Always Be Older Than You Jane Godwin , Sara Acton (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 18442778 2020 single work picture book children's

'I’ll teach you to peel bananas,
eat ice-cream in a cone.

'It’s lucky you’ve got me –
I had to learn this on my own.

'A big sister marvels at how she will always be older than her baby brother, no matter how much he grows. 

'A celebration of the bond between siblings from acclaimed author Jane Godwin, with glorious illustrations from Sara Acton.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Soon Libby Gleeson , Jedda Robaard (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 18582337 2020 single work picture book children's 'We’re waiting for our baby.
Wait, wait, wait.
‘When will the baby come, Mum?’
‘Soon.’
 
'A delightful story that perfectly captures the excitement of waiting for the arrival of a new baby.'

 (Publication summary)

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Shapes and Colours John Canty , John Canty (illustrator), Kew East : Berbay Books , 2020 18527714 2020 single work picture book children's

'John Canty, the award-winning author/illustrator of the Heads and Tails series introduces readers to a multi-tiered new concept book about shape and colour sorting and object identification. With fresh and appealing illustrations and a striking design, this is a future classic for modern kids.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon What Do You Call Your Grandpa? Ashleigh Barton , Martina Heiduczek (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19811369 2020 single work picture book children's

'An inclusive picture book for grandparents everywhere.

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

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

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

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

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Coming Home to Country Bronwyn Bancroft , Bronwyn Bancroft (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2020 17445341 2020 single work picture book children's

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Busy Beaks Sarah Allen , Sarah Allen (illustrator), Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 19679230 2020 single work picture book children's

'Journey through the day with these vibrant feathered friends!

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

2021 (Early Childhood) y separately published work icon Bear in Space Deborah Abela , Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19556896 2020 single work picture book children's

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

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

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Her Perilous Mansion Sean Williams , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18880309 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms. But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there's more at stake than just their jobs. Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it's too late?' (Publication summary)
2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Book of Chance Sue Whiting , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18434026 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Beyond Belief : Heroes of the Holocaust Dee White , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18674989 2020 single work children's fiction children's war literature

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Fire Star A. L. Tait , Melbourne : Penguin , 2020 19544522 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'A maid with a plan.

'A squire with a secret.

'A missing jewel.

'A kingdom in turmoil.

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

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

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Haywire Claire Saxby , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18466042 2020 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Bindi Kirli Saunders , Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 19598297 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle Pamela Rushby , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18936933 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon When This Bell Rings Allison Rushby , Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19704417 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Secret Library of Hummingbird House Julianne Negri , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 18883316 2020 single work novel fantasy young adult

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

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

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon We Are Wolves Katrina Nannestad , Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19829486 2020 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Sometimes it's good to be wild.

'Sometimes you have to be wild.

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

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

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Worse Things Sally Murphy , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18433917 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst Jaclyn Moriarty , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19654147 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus Steven Herrick , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18883863 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn Kate Gordon , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18883945 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon Aster’s Good, Right Things Kate Gordon , Manly : Yellow Brick Books , 2020 20492755 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The January Stars Kate Constable , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18508640 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Year the Maps Changed Danielle Binks , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 17352169 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Sorrento, Victoria - 1999

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Loner Georgina Young , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 19599541 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Peta Lyre's Rating Normal Anna Whateley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18498571 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

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

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

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

'A moving and joyful own voices debut.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Where We Begin Christie Nieman , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2020 19895277 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

'For every family has secrets.

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Metal Fish, Falling Snow Cath Moore , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 19549992 2020 single work novel

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Please Don't Hug Me Kay Kerr , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949090 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Catch Me If I Fall Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19845869 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon When Rain Turns to Snow Jane Godwin , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18883135 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon The Lost Soul Atlas Zana Fraillon , Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18883072 2020 single work children's fiction children's

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

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Deep Water Sarah Epstein , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18474718 2020 single work novel crime young adult

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

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

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon When It Drops Alex Dyson , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 18442364 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

2. He can adjust the volume. 

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love Davina Bell , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949370 2020 single work novel young adult

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

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Future Girl Asphyxia , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19844359 2020 single work novel young adult science fiction

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

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

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

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

2021 (Older Readers) y separately published work icon The F Team Rawah Arja , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2020 18796999 2020 single work novel

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

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

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

2020 (Younger Readers) y separately published work icon The Grandest Bookshop in the World Amelia Mellor , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 19678977 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.

'When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade - and himself - in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won't just lose Pa - they'll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.' (Publication summary)

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 , 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