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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2019

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

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

Year: 2018

joint winner y separately published work icon Rock Pool Secrets Narelle Oliver , Narelle Oliver (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11118978 2017 single work picture book children's

Nestling between rocks...

Hiding in the seaweed...

Lift the flap and discover many rock pool secrets! (Source: back cover)

joint winner y separately published work icon Coral Sea Dreaming Coral Sea Dreaming : The Picture Book Kim Michelle Toft , Kim Michelle Toft (illustrator), Ballina : Silkim Books , 2017 12290375 2017 single work picture book children's

'As I lay my head to sleep; The colour blue begins to seep; Inside my mind, inside my soul; Feeling weightless, lost control.'

When daylight fades and the night shift clocks on, an underwater symphony begins. Polyps start popping to a funky sea groove, sea slugs shimmy and alien angels fly into view. The reef at night is teaming with energy and wildlife, all working together to create an underwater masterpiece.

Kim Michelle Toft brings an array of extraordinary reef creatures to life through her vivid hand painted silk illustrations and catchy rhythmic prose, highlighting the urgency of the preservation of the world's critically endangered reef habitats. (Source: Back cover)

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon Welcome to Country Joy Wandin Murphy , Lisa Kennedy (illustrator), Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2016 10491285 2016 single work picture book children's

'This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

'Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2015

joint winner y separately published work icon Our Class Tiger Aleesah Darlison , Antonia Stylianou (illustrator), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press (Melbourne) , 2014 8772450 2014 single work non-fiction children's

"The informative and compelling non-fiction titles offer authentic writing styles. The titles include traditional non-fiction text types and features, as well as quirky topics and content that provide a child-friendly way to learn. Stunning photography. Informative illustrations and diagrams. Authentic, child-friendly contexts for teaching reading. All titles can be purchased separately as single titles." (Publication summary)

joint winner y separately published work icon Emu Claire Saxby , Graham Byrne (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2014 7243790 2014 single work picture book children's

'In the open forest, Emu watches over his nest. Gathering the granite-green eggs under soft feathers, Emu will care for them and protect the fluffy chicks once they hatch. The survival of this unusual family depends upon him.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2007

winner y separately published work icon Leaf Litter Rachel Tonkin , Rachel Tonkin (illustrator), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2006 Z1361579 2006 single work single work non-fiction picture book children's Leaves, twigs, branches and bark collect on the ground in forests all over the world. We call this leaf litter, but it isn't really rubbish at all. If you look closely you will discover a world of animals and plants living side by side, a busy secret world we hardly ever see. (Libraries Australia record).

Works About this Award

Trawling Varuna Seas Terry Whitebeach , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , no. 41 2010; (p. 119-126)
East of the Sun and West of the Moon : Fiction and the Imagination Carmel Bird , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 26 2009; (p. 116-123)