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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon One Careless Night Christina Booth , Christina Booth (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 15424352 2019 single work picture book children's

'Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone. The beautiful but heartbreaking story of Australia's last thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), which died in captivity.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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

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

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Florette Anna Walker , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2017 10711525 2017 single work picture book children's

'When Mae has to move house from the country to the city, she feels lonely and sad - until she discovers a beautiful place full of green in the centre of Paris.

'What she finds there sparks something special and beautiful that will make her feel much more at home. ' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Chooks in Dinner Suits : A Tale of Big Dogs and Little Penguins Diane Jackson Hill , Craig Smith (illustrator), Carlton : Museum Victoria , 2015 9027113 2015 single work picture book children's

'On a tiny island lives a waddle of Little Penguins. But their numbers are dwindling. Swampy Marsh knows what to do, but no one will listen. Soon he can count the last few penguins on the fingers of one hand. The desperate townsfolk give Swampy, and his friends Max and Oddball, one chance.

'Will his ‘Oddball’ solution work? Will Swampy save the Little Penguins of Middle Island?

'A warmly funny account of one man’s quest to save a penguin colony, with two very unusual helpers.' (Publication summary)

2016 joint winner y separately published work icon Once I Heard a Little Wombat Renée Treml , Renée Treml (illustrator), North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8523214 2015 single work picture book children's

'A beautiful Australian take on a classic nursery rhyme

'Once I heard a little wombat stomp stomp stomp...'

'Read along and act out the movements as these baby Australian animals eat, play and settle down for nap time.' (Publication summary)

2016 joint winner y separately published work icon Seagull Danny Snell , Danny Snell (illustrator), Adelaide : Working Title Press , 2015 9057900 2015 single work picture book children's

'Seagull loves to fly. It makes her heart sing. But when she gets caught in a tangle of fishing line on the beach, Seagull can only watch as other birds fly effortlessly above. What can she do? Who will help her?

'Written and illustrated by Danny Snell, Seagull is a gentle, positive story with a strong environmental message about the value of caring for our land and our wildlife.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Rivertime Trace Balla , Trace Balla (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 7186305 2014 picture book graphic novel children's

'A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia's Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Welcome Home Christina Booth , Christina Booth (illustrator), Ormond : Ford Street , 2013 6616558 2013 single work picture book children's

'The story of a young boy and a whale as she swims into the river harbour seeking safety and a resolution to the violent past relationship between whales and man. This prosaic journey reveals how the past can impact our future. Can the boy make amends for the past? Can the whale forgive and return to what was once her ancestors' home?' (Publisher's blurb)

2008 winner y separately published work icon Going Bush Nadia Wheatley , Ken Searle (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1363778 2007 single work picture book children's Children discover the Wolli Creek Valley south west of Sydney, New South Wales.
2007 winner y separately published work icon Uno's Garden Graeme Base , Graeme Base (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2006 Z1315163 2006 single work picture book children's 'Uno builds a home and garden in the magnificent forest among the playful puddlebuts and feathered frinklepods, but as the place becomes more and more popular, it is overtaken by tourists and buildings until the forest and animals seem to disappear altogether.' (Libraries Australia)
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