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Crichton Award for Debut Illustrator
or Crichton Award; or CBCA Award for New Illustrator
Subcategory of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards CBCA Book of the Year Awards
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History

The first Crichton Award was announced in 1988. Wallace Raymond Crichton left an financial legacy to Children's Book Council of Australia, Victoria Branch, to recognise and award new Australian children's book illustrators.

Formerly the Crichton Award, as of 2019, the award is known as the CBCA Award for New Illustrator, and is party of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Winners

2021 winner 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)

2020 winner 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.

2019 winner Daniel Gray-Barnett for 'Grandma Z'.
2018 winner Rovina Cai For Tintinnabula.
2017 winner Van T. Rudd for The Patchwork Bike
2016 winner Allison Colpoys for 'The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade'
2015 winner Michael Camilleri for 'One Minute's Silence'
2014 winner Graham Byrne for 'Big Red Kangaroo'
2013 winner Marc Martin for 'A Forest'
2012 winner Sara Acton for 'Ben and Duck'
2011 winner Clare McFadden for 'The Flying Orchestra'
2010 joint winner Andrew Joyner for 'The Terrible Plop'
2010 joint winner Andy Geppert for 'Little Big Tree'
2009 winner Sarah Davis for 'Mending Lucille'
2008 winner Anna Walker for 'Santa's Aussie Holiday'
2007 winner Vincent Agostino for 'When Elephants Lived in the Sea'
2006 winner Jeremy Geddes for 'The Mystery of Eilean Mor'
2005 winner Declan Lee for 'Wings'
2004 winner y separately published work icon Cat and Fish Joan Grant , Neil Curtis (illustrator), South Melbourne : Lothian , 2003 Z1050036 2003 single work picture book children's fable Cat and Fish come from different worlds - he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night, they like each other's looks. Cat shows Fish his world and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trouble starts.
2004 winner y separately published work icon Two Summers John Heffernan , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2003 Z1025905 2003 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units)

Rick is coming to visit again. But will he recognise the farm? Will he have as much fun as last time? Same friend. Same farm. Totally different landscape. (Source: Back cover)

2003 winner y separately published work icon The Dugong Meadow Naomi Mairou , Naomi Mairou (illustrator), Machans Beach : Trapdoor Press , 2002 Z1019790 2002 single work picture book children's

The tranquil seagrass meadow seems a safe place for Gentle Dugong and his aquatic undersea friends to play until one day a trawler with its scoop net appears.

2002 winner y separately published work icon When Mum Was Little Mini Goss , Mini Goss (illustrator), Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2001 Z974060 2001 single work picture book children's
2001 winner y separately published work icon Grandma's Shoes Libby Hathorn , Caroline Magerl (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2000 Z1178335 2000 single work picture book children's

'A child whose beloved grandmother has died dream-travels at night in her grandmother's old shoes. Through these magical journeys the girl is able to hold on to her memories of her grandmother, while by day healing comes gradually to the family.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

For the illustrations by Caroline Magerl.
2000 winner y separately published work icon Baby Bear Goes to the Zoo Lorette Broekstra , Lorette Broekstra (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1999 Z794622 1999 single work picture book children's

'Mother and Baby Bear go to the zoo, where Baby Bear follows a pretty butterfly and loses his mother. He keeps hearing someone calling 'Baby Bear! Baby Bear! and follows the sound, only to find that it is the mother Brown Bear calling her baby, then the mother Panda, then the mother Polar Bear, and so on. Just when he is getting very upset, not too mention very hungry for his lunch, he hears someone calling 'Baby Bear! Baby Bear! and runs to find his mother, waiting for him with open arms and a big basket full of lunch! Melbourne-based graphic artist Lorette Broekstra wrote this, her first book, for her two young children.'  (Publication summary)

For illustration.
1999 y separately published work icon You and Me, Murrawee Kerri Hashmi , Felicity Marshall (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking , 1998 Z835267 1998 single work picture book children's Life as it would have been two hundred years ago is seen through the eyes of a young girl camping on the river with her family. Certificate of Recognition awarded - full award was not made in 1999
1998 joint winner Anna Pignataro Won by Anna Pignataro for the illustrations for the selected work of short stories for children I'm in the Sky and I Can't Come Back
1998 joint winner y separately published work icon I'm in the Sky and I Can't Come Back Holly Young Huth , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z987200 1997 selected work short story Won by Anna Pignataro for the illustrations.
1998 joint winner y separately published work icon The Viewer Gary Crew , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1997 Z845140 1997 single work picture book children's 'The Viewer tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover a strange box at a dump site. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices, one of which captures his interest; an intricately mechanical object which carries disks of images; scenes of destruction, violence and the collapse of civilisations throughout time. The boy is afraid, but also cannot help but look into the machine time and time again as the images shift and change...' (Source: Shaun Tan's website) Won by Shaun Tan for the illustrations.
1997 winner y separately published work icon Fang Fang's Chinese New Year Sally Rippin , Sally Rippin (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1996 Z863902 1996 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) Fang Fang's fears that her friend Lisa won't enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations are put to rest as Lisa has a wonderful time tasting the different foods and watching the Dragon Dance.
1996 winner y separately published work icon The Race Christobel Mattingley , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1994 Z822142 1994 single work picture book children's

'Greg is alone. He wants to join in, but he doesn't quite belong. And he's always last. Last in spelling, last in mental arithmetic and last in races - even though he can run very fast. Then one day, a new teacher arrives at the school. She watches Greg and is puzzled. But then she understands. Now it's a different race!'

Source: QBD Books

Won by Anne Spudvilas for the illustrations of 'The Race'.
1995 joint winner y separately published work icon I Wish I'd Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong Leonie Young , Avril Janks , Astri Baker (illustrator), Willoughby : Weldon Kids , 1994 Z967821 1994 single work picture book children's

'There lived a boy named Neil Armstrong. He was born on his grandparents' farm, in the state of Ohio, in the United States of America.' (Publication summary)

Won by Astri Baker for the illustrations of the work: I Wish I'd Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong.
1995 joint winner y separately published work icon Power and Glory Emily Rodda , Geoff Kelly (illustrator), St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1994 Z834187 1994 single work picture book children's

A boy wants to play with his exciting new video game but keeps being interrupted by members of his family who bring him back to reality. The interruptions are reflected in the on-going playing of the game.

Awarded to Geoff Kelly for the illustrations of Power and Glory.
1994 winner y separately published work icon Is It True, Grandfather? Wendy Lohse , Jenny Sands (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1993 Z837690 1993 single work picture book children's Won by Jenny Sands for the illustrations.
1993 winner Donna Leslie Won for the illustrations for Alitji in Dreamland (Simon and Schuster, 1992)
1993 winner y separately published work icon Alitjinya Ngura Tjukurtjarangka Alitji in the Dreamtime Nancy Sheppard , Adelaide : University of Adelaide. Dept. of Adult Education , 1975 Z830420 1975 single work children's fiction children's fantasy humour

In this retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story set in Aboriginal Australia, the White Rabbit becomes the Kangaroo 'not, it should be emphasized, because there is no Pitjantjatjara word for 'rabbit', but simply because an Aboriginal Alice would naturally have seen a kangaroo in her dream.' (viii). Similarly the Red Queen is the Witch Spirit and the Caterpillar becomes a Witchety Grub while the Queen's Croquet Party becomes the Corroboree of the Witch Spirit. ('Introduction to Alitji' in Nancy Sheppard Alitjinya Ngura Tjukurtjarangka=Alitji in the Dreamtime (1975): viii).

Won by Donna Leslie for the illustrations to the 1992 edition.
1992 winner Kim Gamble for the illustrations for the selected work of short stories for children The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels.
1992 winner y separately published work icon The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels Anna Fienberg , North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1991 Z834250 1991 selected work children's fiction children's

'Five marvellous stories about some very resourceful children and their adventures in the wide world: Meet Lindalou, who makes a wondrous flying boat and sails to Kathmandu, timid Andy Umm, who talks to animals and tames a lion, curious Ferdinand, who cures the prime minister with the help of his magic spectacles, Ignatius Binz, whose magnificent nose picks up the faintest whiff of danger, Valentina Lookwell, who paints people as they really are, Wendelin B. Wordforce, who writes down their stories and Aristan, the magic spider, as golden as a dab of butter, who befriends them all' (Source: publisher's website).

Won by Kim Gamble for the illustrations.
1991 winner y separately published work icon Bip, the Snapping Bungaroo Narelle McRobbie , Grace Fielding (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 1990 Z829878 1990 single work picture book children's Indigenous story ' Bip the bungaroo has a wonderful SNAP that delights all the animals who come to the billabong to drink but there is trouble when Mother Kangaroo borrows the SNAP one day. A simple friendly tale with vivid illustrations in a contemporary Aboriginal style.' The Source database. Won by Grace Fielding for the illustrations.
1990 (New Illustrators) y separately published work icon Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams , Jeanie Adams (illustrator), Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1989 Z667918 1989 single work picture book children's 'Pigs and Honey' tells of a day in the life of the Aboriginal community at Aurukun, a town on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. It is the sort of story the people there like to tell each other. Members of the Aurukun community have endorsed the publication of this book through their minister of the Uniting Church, the Reverend Silas Wolmby, and the elders of the church. They are pleased that children throughout Australia can now read about how the people of Aurukun enjoy their way of life on their own land.' (Back cover)
1989 winner y separately published work icon Australian Dinosaurs and Their Relatives Marilyn Pride , Marilyn Pride (illustrator), Sydney : Collins Anne Ingram Books , 1988 Z981037 1988 single work information book children's
1988 winner y separately published work icon Pheasant and Kingfisher Catherine H. Berndt , Nganalgindja , Raymond Meeks (illustrator), Gosford Sydney : Martin Educational Ashton Scholastic , 1987 Z866300 1987 single work picture book children's 'Two men escape from danger by turning into birds in this aboriginal myth from Australia which explains how the pheasant and kingfisher came into our world.' (Libraries Australia record). Won by Ramond Meeks for the illustrations.
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