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2021 winner y separately published work icon Dry To Dry : The Seasons Of Kakadu Pamela Freeman , Liz Anelli (illustrator), Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19557156 2020 single work picture book children's

'This Nature Storybook follow-up to the award-winning Desert Lake is a stunningly illustrated and extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife of Kakadu National Park, from the Dry to the Wet to the Dry again.

'In the tropical wetlands and escarpments of Kakadu National Park, the seasons move from dry to wet to dry again. Those seasons have shaped the astonishing variety of plants, animals, birds, insects ... migratory birds by the thousands, grasshoppers and owls, lizards and turtles, fruit bats and spear grass. And, gliding past them all in the rivers and waterholes, the long, sinuous shapes of crocodiles ...'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2020 winner y separately published work icon Young Dark Emu Bruce Pascoe , Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 15601694 2019 single work prose children's fiction children's

'Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Sorry Day Coral Vass , David Leffler (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 13183134 2018 single work picture book children's

'There was a hum of excitement.
Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.
‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.

'Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

'In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’.

'As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

'Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

'The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.' (Publication summary)

2018 winner y separately published work icon Do Not Lick This Book Idan Ben-Barak , Julian Frost (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10954082 2017 single work picture book children's

'Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt.

'The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Lennie the Legend : Solo to Sydney by Pony Stephanie Owen Reeder , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2015 8290043 2015 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction (taught in 1 units)

'This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie’s 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia’s history.

'Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way—a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land Simon Barnard , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2014 8161527 2014 single work biography children's

'Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the runningof the newly established colony.

'Simon Barnard’s A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Jeremy Chris Faille , Danny Snell (illustrator), Adelaide : Working Title Press , 2013 6616363 2013 single work picture book children's

'Tiny Jeremy is only a few days old when he falls out of his nest and is brought home by the family cat. Luckily, Jeremy is a fighter and he loves to eat. Little by little he grows stronger and stronger, until the time comes when he must say goodbye.

This delightful story about raising and rearing a baby kookaburra is based on a true story.' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Tom the Outback Mailman Kristin Weidenbach , Timothy Ide (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2012 Z1866143 2012 single work picture book children's

'Big Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He'd pile his truck high with bags of mail, and furniture, and passengers, and would drive back and forth, across the outback, come rain or shine' (Back cover).

2012 winner y separately published work icon One Small Island Alison Lester , Coral Tulloch (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1795235 2011 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves.

'In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

'This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon The Return of the Word Spy Ursula Dubosarsky , Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1691647 2010 single work non-fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'From the beginning of time, the Word Spy has been creeping down hallways, hiding in shadows and journeying through different lands to discover everything there is to know about the English language. In her first book, The Word Spy, she shared with us the secrets she'd learnt about English, from the first alphabet in 4000 BC right up to the tricks of modern texting.

'In The Return of the Word Spy she continues the fascinating journey through language, with chapters on language families, how we learn to speak, grammar and written forms of communication. In an accessible, engaging style, the Word Spy explains the meaning of nouns, verbs, pronouns, "dead" languages, word origins and other wordy wonders.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Australian Backyard Explorer Peter Macinnis , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2009 Z1679598 2009 single work non-fiction children's

'Australian Backyard Explorer tells the stories of many intrepid individuals who explored the Australian continent in the first 120 years of European settlement. It includes little-known explorers as well as the old favourites, such as James Cook, Edward John Eyre, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills.

'There are tales not only of tragedy, conflict and death, but also of loyalty, amazing perseverance and wonder over the new animals and landscapes they encountered.' (Trove)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Alive in the Death Zone Lincoln Hall , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2008 Z1566841 2008 single work autobiography children's

'Alive in the Death Zone: Mount Everest Survival, Lincoln Hall's story of climbing the world's highest mountain, being left for dead near the summit and his subsequent return to life and safety, is an incredible and exciting adventure that will inspire anyone who reads it. It's a story of survival against all odds using sheer willpower, courage and determination.

'Early chapters give young readers an insight into why people climb mountains, Lincoln's early interest in them and the influences that led to his passion for climbing and his quest to climb the world's highest peak. It will then focus on the 2006 expedition when Lincoln reached the summit but was left for dead because he suffered cerebral oedema when he began his descent. Miraculously, after spending a perilous night on a knife-edge crest in the Death Zone, he was found the next morning and began the descent, only to be confronted with more dangers before he reached safety.

'Unbeknown to Lincoln, the world, including his family, had been told he was dead, and the miraculous story of his survival made worldwide headline news. Frostbite claimed Lincoln's fingers and toes and he lost nearly twenty kilograms but his remarkable recovery and rehabilitation enabled him to write the best-selling book Dead Lucky.' (Publisher's blurb)

2008 winner y separately published work icon Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books Frances Watts , David Legge (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2007 Z1422482 2007 single work picture book children's

'Celebrate the joy of reading and begin a lifelong love of books with the delightful Parsley Rabbit and his pesky little brother, Basil. Lively and entertaining, it features a remarkably clever and handsome rabbit and is full of fun, flaps to flip and questions to share. Parsley introduces children to books - from the cover, to the imprint page to the title page, formats, style and more - and takes the reader on a hilarious and stimulating journey through the world of books. An absolute treasure of a book for children from 3 - 7 years.' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon The Penguin Book : Birds in Suits Mark Norman , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2006 Z1415201 2006 single work non-fiction children's
2006 winner y separately published work icon Scarecrow Army : The Anzacs at Gallipoli Leon Davidson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2005 Z1207034 2005 single work biography young adult "On 25 April 1915, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders landed at an unnamed cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. They had come to fight the Turks. They thought the battle would be over in three days, but months later they were still in the trenches they'd dug at the landing. Gallipoli fast became a graveyard where bodies lay above the ground and the living slept under it. The Anzacs went looking for the adventure of a lifetime" -- Book Jacket.
2005 winner y separately published work icon To the Moon and Back : The Amazing Australians at the Forefront of Space Travel Bryan Sullivan , Jackie French , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2004 Z1186888 2004 single work information book children's

'Who are the Honeysuckle Creek mob? And how did they assist the first moon landing? 

'When man took the first step on the moon it was a bunch of Australian technicians who tracked the spacecraft and sent the first television pictures to the world. No, not at Parkes - the movie The Dish got it wrong. They were from Honeysuckle Creek in the ACT. This is their story, told by Bryan Sullivan, one of the technicians on duty at the time, and his wife, children's author Jackie French.

'This book also includes information about the space program and the birth of the internet, as well as supplying the answers to questions such as:

'How do you go to the toilet in a spacecraft?

'Have the astronauts ever seen an alien?

'What made the moon?

'Can I have a holiday in space?' (Publication summary)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Animal Architects John Nicholson , John Nicholson (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1036135 2003 single work non-fiction children's
2003 winner y separately published work icon Iron in the Blood : Convicts and Commandants in Colonial Australia Alan R. Tucker , Alan R. Tucker (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2002 Z965105 2002 single work information book children's
2002 winner y separately published work icon Papunya School Book of Country and History Papunya School Publishing Committee , Nadia Wheatley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2001 Z918321 2001 single work information book children's 'Tells the story of how Anangu from five different language groups came to live together at Papunya. From the time of the first contacts with explorers, missionaries and pastoralists, through to the Papunya art movement and the Warumpi Band, this multi-layered text finally leads us to the development of the unique educational environment that is Papunya School.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 14/09/2009).
2000 winner y separately published work icon Fishing for Islands : Traditional Boats and Seafarers of the Pacific John Nicholson , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 1999 Z820290 1999 single work non-fiction children's

'How would you like to cross the Pacific Ocean in a home-made boat?

'Sounds impossible, doesn't it? - but that's what the Polynesians did, skimming through the water at 20 km an hour with enough provisions on board for several weeks at sea. They and other peoples of the Pacific rim built boats for fishing, travelling, carrying goods, exploring and war.

'Fishing for Islands celebrates these traditional boats of South-east Asia and the Pacific, and shows how they were made, using bamboo, timber, vines, coconut fibre and so on. It also traces the movement of Melanesian and Polynesian people, beginning with short island-hops in bark or reed canoes and gradually extending out into the vastness of the Pacific, navigating by memory and the stars.

'This is a John Nicholson classic: a superbly illustrated, down-to-earth and very personal angle on history, informed by a passion for the things that people design and make.' (Publication summary)

1999 winner y separately published work icon Going for Kalta : Hunting for Sleepy Lizards at Yalata Yvonne Edwards , Brenda Day , Sue McGovern (illustrator), Alice Springs : IAD Press , 1997 Z872329 1997 single work information book children's
1998 winner y separately published work icon A Home Among the Gum Trees : The Story of Australian Houses John Nicholson , John Nicholson (illustrator), New South Wales : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z834025 1997 single work non-fiction children's

'What kind of buildings do Australians live in? The answers are sometimes surprising.
'A Home Among the Gum Trees takes us from Aboriginal shelters and the rough efforts of early settlers to modern suburban houses; from early company town to convict hospital; from tree-house to lighthouse to mobile home.Along the way, it shows how Australians have responded to the land, the weather and new fashions and materials.'  (Publication summary)

1997 winner y separately published work icon Killer Plants : And How to Grow Them Gordon Cheers , Julie Silk , Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (illustrator), Ringwood : Puffin , 1996 Z928696 1996 single work information book children's
1996 winner y separately published work icon The First Fleet : A New Beginning in an Old Land John Nicholson , John Nicholson (illustrator), St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1995 Z925653 1995 single work non-fiction children's
1995 winner y separately published work icon New Faces : The Complete Book of Alternative Pets Robin E. Stewart , East Melbourne : Agmedia , 1993 Z962947 1993 single work information book children's
1994 winner y separately published work icon V for Vanishing : An Alphabet of Endangered Animals Patricia Mullins , Patricia Mullins (illustrator), Sydney : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1993 Z833453 1993 single work information book children's

An alphabet book featuring illustrations of endangered and extinct animals from around the world.

1993 winner y separately published work icon Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Tjarany : Tjaranykura Tjukurrpa Ngaanpa Kalkinpa Wangka Tjukurrtjanu; Tjarany : Roughtail Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , Lucille Gill (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 1990 Z843149 1990 selected work children's fiction children's Indigenous story

'Tjarany Roughtail contains eight dreamtime stories from the Kukatja people of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley Region. Each story is complemented by beautiful artworks painted by Aboriginal artist Lucille Gill that visually explain each story using traditional dot paintings. Told in English and Kukatja, the book includes magnificent paintings, maps, kinship diagrams, exercises and language notes. Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Award.'

1988 winner y separately published work icon My Place : The Story of Australia from Now to Then My Place Nadia Wheatley , Donna Rawlins , Donna Rawlins (illustrator), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1987 Z795146 1987 single work picture book children's historical fiction (taught in 7 units)

'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.

'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)