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.
'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)
'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.
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)
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.
'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.
'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.
'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 BooksWon by Anne Spudvilas for the illustrations of 'The Race'.
'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.
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.
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.
'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).