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Phil Cummings Phil Cummings i(A13791 works by) (a.k.a. Phillip Neal Cummings)
Also writes as: Rachel Arbon
Born: Established: 1957 Port Broughton, Blyth - Bute - Port Broughton area, Mid North South Australia, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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The youngest of eight children, Phil Cummings was born at Port Broughton but grew up at Peterborough in the mid-north of South Australia, where his brothers worked on the railways. He worked as a junior primary school teacher but resigned in 2001 to retire to his home at One Tree Hill, South Australia, and concentrate on his writing.

Cummings has been ambassador to the Premier’s Reading Challenge in South Australia,  South Australia’s National Literacy and Numeracy Champion, and State Ambassador for the 2012 National Year of Reading. He was awarded the Carclew Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1998. His works are regularly selected as notable books in the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

Most Referenced Works


  • Phil Cummings also wrote works for the educational series 'Connections', 'Wonder World', 'Zipper Books', 'Crackers' and 'Zapper Books'.
  • For information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Joe and the Stars Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 20518428 2021 single work picture book children's

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

2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
y separately published work icon A Boy And A Ball Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18929398 2020 single work picture book children's

'The cloudless sky suddenly roared like thunder. Shadows, swift and frightening, descended. The boys brother grabbed him by the arm. Run, quickly, But my ball. Leave it. From the Prime Ministers Literary Award-shortlisted creators of Feathers, comes this compassionate tale of a familys search for a safe place to call home.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book designed by Sarah Mitchell
y separately published work icon Wilbur, Grace and Joe Kent Town : Little Book Press , 2017 12980833 2017 single work picture book children's

'Join Wilbur, a fun loving family pet as he shares the joy of Grace and Joe’s first years. He worries when they fall, he rejoices with their first steps… and faithfully joins in all their adventures.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Early Childhood
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