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History

Also called the 'Picture Storybook' and 'Picture Story Book' award.

Replaced the pre-existing category 'Infants/Primary' when this was split into two in 1996 (the other award being 'Junior Book').

Winners (also see subcategories)9578247

2019 winner y separately published work icon Seriously, Do Not Open This Book Andy Lee , Heath McKenzie (illustrator), Hawthorn : Lake Press , 2018 14882790 2018 single work picture book children's

'He’s back… AGAIN! This cheeky blue character is willing to forgive you for what happened last time… but he SERIOUSLY does not want you to open this book or turn its pages. What reason does he have this time?

'This fun story will delight children and adults alike. Keep turning the pages and find out what happens when you reach the end all over again, if you dare!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Do Not Open This Book Again Andy Lee , Heath McKenzie (illustrator), Hawthorn : Lake Press , 2017 12990104 2017 single work picture book children's

'He’s back! And, once again, this cheeky blue character does not want you to open this book or turn its pages. What reason does he have this time?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon Do Not Open This Book Andy Lee , Heath McKenzie (illustrator), South Melbourne : Lake Press , 2016 10038578 2016 single work picture book children's

'This guy will do anything for you not to open this book!

'Threats, bribes, reverse psychology - you name it!

'A hilarious new book from radio extraordinaire and all-round funny guy, Andy Lee.

'Young readers will love doing everything they're asked not to! ' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Pig the Fibber Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2015 8757658 2015 single work picture book children's

'He's back! But this time Pig, the world's greediest Pug, is telling great big lies. Won't he ever learn? ' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Pig the Pug Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2014 6980675 2014 single work picture book children's

'Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way. Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens ... Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Dreadful Fluff Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2012 Z1901353 2012 single work picture book children's

Serenity's life was perfect. But then she discovered something perfectly awful. The Dreadful Fluff!

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Very Cranky Bear Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2008 Z1517308 2008 single work picture book children's In the jingle jangle jungle on a wet and windy day, four little friends meet a very cranky bear. Can they cheer him up?
2012 winner y separately published work icon Fearless in Love Colin Thompson , Sarah Davis (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2011 Z1862310 2011 single work picture book children's The only thing Fearless could remember his mother telling him was, 'Life is much nicer if you love everyone.' But loving everyone is much more complicated than Fearless had imagined. Until he meets Primrose...(Libraries Australia).
2011 winner y separately published work icon Mr Chicken Goes to Paris Leigh Hobbs , Leigh Hobbs (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1610674 2009 single work picture book children's 'Mr Chicken has taken up his friend Yvette's invitation to visit Paris. As they journey together through the City of Love, Mr Chicken is overcome by the magic of all the city has to offer - and the inhabitants of this most stylish city don't quite know what to make of him. Mr Chicken will delight children of all ages.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Fearless Colin Thompson , Sarah Davis (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2009 Z1645727 2009 single work picture book children's

'When a new baby is born it's difficult to tell if it will grow up to be big or small or brave or scared of the dark and spiders. So sometimes babies get the wrong name.

'It's the same with dogs.

'So when the Claybourne-Willments, who should have been called the Smiths, got Fearless as a little puppy, it seemed a good name for him.

'Except Fearless wasn't.

'How does Fearless finally live up to his name? By accident, of course!' (Publication summary)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Rex Ursula Dubosarsky , David Mackintosh (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1217561 2005 single work picture book children's 'Meet Rex. He is the class pet. Every day, someone gets to take Rex home. What would you do if Rex came to visit you?' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Annie's Chair Deborah Niland , Deborah Niland (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1229984 2005 single work picture book children's

"Today, Annie was boiling mad. Someone was sleeping in her chair! 'No one is allowed on my chair!' Annie tells everyone. But who has broken the rule? And what will Annie do to get her favourite chair back?" (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Chatterbox Margaret Wild , Deborah Niland (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2006 Z1285286 2006 single work picture book children's Daisy the baby will not say a word, the family try everything to coax her into talking but she won't say a word.
2006 winner y separately published work icon Dougal, the Garbage Dump Bear Matt Dray , Matt Dray (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2004 Z1151768 2004 single work picture book children's 'Dougal was a shy little bear with a heart of gold. He never got to play with the other toys in the house because they were all new and clean and perfect and he was not. He often wished he could be new like them . . .

Then, one rainy afternoon, Dougal is left outside and ends up in the garbage bin. How much can a teddy bear? But even though he's down, Dougal is not out. He finds a new life and learns that sometimes bad luck can be your best friend.

Based on a true story, with photos taken by someone who was there, Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear is a heart-warming and hilarious picture book for all the family - an absolute gem of a picture book.' (Publisher's blurb)
2005 winner y separately published work icon Mutt Dog! Stephen Michael King , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Sydney : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2004 Z1158049 2004 single work picture book children's

'Mutt dog! The scruffy dog is brave and fast and smart... but he's all alone. No-one feeds him. No-one wants him. No-one loves him. Until one day...'

2004 winner y separately published work icon Old Tom : Man of Mystery Leigh Hobbs , Leigh Hobbs (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2003 Z1063696 2003 single work picture book children's humour

'Angela Throgmorton decides it is high time that Old Tom helped around the house. But Old Tom has other ideas...Who is that mysterious figure disappearing into the night? Join Angela and Old Tom on a wild chase through the dark streets, with Angela determined to unmask the Man of Mystery! '  (Publication summary)

2003 winner y separately published work icon Diary of a Wombat Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2002 Z989492 2002 single work picture book children's She sleeps. She eats. She scratches. She is training humans to become better pets. She is Mothball, a wombat with attitude.
2002 winner y separately published work icon The Pocket Dogs Margaret Wild , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2000 Z816424 2000 single work picture book children's

'Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr Pocket's pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.' (Source: Trove)

2001 winner y separately published work icon Miss Wolf and the Porkers Bill Condon , Caroline Magerl (illustrator), Ringwood : Puffin , 2001 Z945661 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'With charm and smiles, no one suspects that the three Porker children are behind the pranks pulled at Mount Barker. But when the equally sweet-seeming new school librarian, Miss Wolf, arrives, unforgettable experiences are up ahead!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

With Max by Bob Graham.
2001 winner y separately published work icon Max Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), London : Walker Books [London] , 2000 Z669052 2000 single work picture book children's Max, the young son of superheroes, is a late bloomer when it comes to flying, until he is inspired by the plight of a falling baby bird. (Libraries Australia) With Miss Wolf and the Porkers by Bill Condon.
2000 winner y separately published work icon Sharon, Keep Your Hair On Gillian Rubinstein , David Mackintosh (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House , 1996 Z800034 1996 single work picture book children's humour
1999 winner y separately published work icon Grandad's Teeth Rod Clement , Rod Clement (illustrator), New South Wales : Angus and Robertson , 1997 Z834115 1997 single work picture book children's detective Soon after Grandpa's teeth disappear from a glass of water near his bed, Inspector Rate has the whole town under investigation.
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Midnight Gang Margaret Wild , Ann James (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1996 Z913128 1996 single work picture book children's 'At midnight, baby Brenda climbs out of her cot, creeps out of the house and joins all the other babies for a wild adventure in the park. As soon as the sun comes up, they toddle home to bed and no-one ever knows what they've been up to ... least of all their families' (Source: online bookseller).
1997 winner y separately published work icon Billy the Punk Jessica Carroll , Craig Smith (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 1995 Z838227 1995 single work picture book children's humour

'Billy decides that he needs to look different and he doesn't care that no one much likes his hair or his new clothes. Billy thinks he looks great!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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