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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner y separately published work icon Jetty Jumping Andrea Rowe , Hannah Sommerville (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2021 20073321 2021 single work picture book children's 'While Milla’s friends take big, brave jumps off the jetty, Milla stays on the blistering wood, scared of what lurks below. But when Milla accidentally falls off the edge, she discovers the beauty of the deep, dark sea – and her summer changes forever. Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville perfectly capture the challenges of childhood – and the joy of letting go – in this homage to summer.' (Publication summary)
winner (Shadowers' Choice Award) y separately published work icon Walk of the Whales Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2021 23425922 2021 single work picture book children's

'When all of the whales in the ocean leave their home to walk around on land, people don’t quite know what to think. But soon shopkeepers go out of business, farms are flooded with water and salt, and people shout horrible, antiwhale words. That is, until, a smart little girl decides to ask the whales what everyone can do to help.

'A powerful and entertaining story about the environment from best-selling author, Nick Bland.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2021

winner y separately published work icon No! Never! Libby Hathorn , Lisa Hathorn-Jarman , Mel Pearce (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2020 18579923 2020 single work picture book children's

'There was a child,

'The sweetest ever,

'Until she learned these words:


'Georgie is a sweet little girl who always makes her parents happy... until she discovers one powerful phrase: No! Never!

'It suddenly becomes her answer to every request, from tidying up her toys to going to bed. Her parents are at their wits end, but what happens when they decide to try saying No! Never! themselves?'

'A lovely, lively look at the Terrible Twos (or Threes, or Fours, or Fives...) from mother-daughter team Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, with debut illustrator Mel Pearce. Perfect for any parent dealing with tantrums, defiant behaviour or communication issues.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon My Friend Fred Frances Watts , A. Yi (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15521718 2019 single work picture book children's

'My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast. I think dog food is disgusting. My friend Fred howls at the moon. I don't know why. He does a lot of funny things. But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon Tricky's Bad Day Alison Lester , Alison Lester (illustrator), South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2018 15016408 2018 single work picture book children's

'Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse.

'Tricky’s having a very bad day!

'Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Rodney Loses It! Michael Gerard Bauer , Chrissie Krebs (illustrator), Lindfield : Omnibus Books , 2017 11532235 2017 single work picture book children's

'Rodney was a rabbit who loved nothing more than drawing. He never found it tiresome, tedious or boring. But then one day, disaster struck, the one thing Rodney feared, while working at his drawing desk his pen just...DISAPPEARED! A truly hysterical search for a missing pen, by award-winning author Michael Gerard Bauer.' (Publication summary)

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