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Winners

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.

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)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Go Home, Cheeky Animals! Johanna Bell , Dion Beasley (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9320530 2016 single work picture book children's

'In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

'At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action!' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Mr Huff Anna Walker , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2015 6781709 2015 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'Award-winning and much-loved author and illustrator Anna Walker gives us a gentle, poignant, affirming and wise picture book sure to delight all ages. Mr. Huff is a story about the clouds and the sunshine in each of our lives.

'Bill is having a bad day.

'Mr Huff is following him around and making everything seem difficult.

'Bill tries to get rid of him, but Mr Huff just gets bigger and bigger!

'Then they both stop, and a surprising thing happens . . . ' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Swap Jan Ormerod , Andrew Joyner (illustrator), Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2013 6345901 2013 single work picture book children's

'Caroline Crocodile’s baby brother dribbles. But all Mama Crocodile EVER says is how GORGEOUS he is. Caroline is VERY jealous. So she goes to the Baby Shop and tries to swap her dribbly brother for new baby. The trouble is, there’s something not quite right with any of them…' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Terrible Suitcase Emma Allen , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2012 Z1866855 2012 single work picture book children's

'Sometimes you don't always get what you want. Instead of the rocket backpack, you might end up with a terrible suitcase for the very first day of school. And this makes you mad! But sometimes what you think is terrible, might not be so terrible after all, especially when there are rocket ships and new friends involved.

'The Terrible Suitcase is a lovely story about acceptance, making friends and new experiences.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner y separately published work icon The Runaway Hug Nick Bland , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2011 Z1769423 2011 single work picture book children's Lucy shares the hug with everyone in her family. Along the way it becomes softer, sleepier, bigger, even peanut-buttery. But when the hug runs away, Lucy discovers that it is not so easy to get it back (Libraries Australia).
2011 winner y separately published work icon Maudie and Bear Jan Ormerod , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2010 Z1733995 2010 single work picture book children's

'Maudie's world revolves around Maudie. Bear's world also revolves around Maudie—he is as patient and solid as a rock. Maudie is so confident of Bear's love she makes little effort to deserve it. Bear's remedy for loving Maudie is to love her some more.

'Jan Ormerod's minimal text and Freya Blackwood's inspired illustrations perfectly capture the intricate relationship between parent and child. This is the ultimate of reassuring stories— it shows that a parent's love is inexhaustible.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Bear and Chook by the Sea Lisa Shanahan , Emma Quay (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2009 Z1635374 2009 single work picture book children's

Bear is a dreamer. Chook just wants the quiet life. But with a best friend like Bear, he s got absolutely no chance of getting it!

2009 winner y separately published work icon How To Heal a Broken Wing Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), London : Walker Books [London] , 2008 Z1491154 2008 single work picture book children's 'In the busy city, no one sees the bird with a broken wing. No one, except a young boy named Will. With the help of his parents, Will takes the bird home to care for it. With rest, time, and a little hope, perhaps the bird will fly again.' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2007 Z1395274 2007 single work picture book children's

'Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way . . .

'Pearl likes solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world. Charlie likes taking baths and watching his garden grow.

'So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such good friends?' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Amy and Louis Libby Gleeson , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2006 Z1317098 2006 single work picture book children's

"Amy and Louis live next door to each other, and their lives are closely intertwined. Theirs is a life rich in imagination. But when Amy's family move to another country, the children are separated, and the colour drains out of their lives... that is until Louis discovers how to rebuild their special bond." (Source: Trove)

2006 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)

2005 winner y separately published work icon Where Is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox , Judy Horacek (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2004 Z1108959 2004 single work picture book children's A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing. (Source: Trove)
2004 winner y separately published work icon Grandpa and Thomas Pamela Allen , Pamela Allen (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2003 Z1080285 2003 single work picture book children's
— Appears in: Selected Picture Books of Pamela Allen 2013;

'Thomas and Grandpa go the beach. It is an Australian summer. The sun is shining, the gulls are screeching and the sea is singing. Together they build a sandcastle, they have a picnic and they splash in the water. Then at the end of the day, Grandpa takes a sleepy Thomas home. In this lovely picture book for the very young, Pamela Allen gently unfolds the special relationship between grandchild and grandfather.' (Publication summary)

2003 winner y separately published work icon A Year on Our Farm Penny Matthews , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Norwood : Scholastic Australia , 2002 Z953146 2002 single work picture book children's

Every month of the year there are jobs to do on a small Australian farm. Fruit ripens, lambs are born, hay is harvested. A Year on Our Farm shows the passing of the seasons through the eyes of the children for whom the farm and all its animals is home. (Source: back cover)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Let's Get a Pup Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), Sydney : Walker Books Australia , 2001 Z925189 2001 single work picture book children's

"When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, an adorable puppy charms them, but it is very hard to leave an older dog behind." (Source: Trove)

2001 inaugural winner y separately published work icon You'll Wake the Baby Catherine Jinks , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking , 2000 Z793810 2000 single work picture book children's On a rainy morning, Annie and Andy try to play quietly so they won't wake their baby sister.
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