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The Whitley Awards are presented annually for outstanding publications or zoological literature, or works profiling wildlife of Australia and Australasia.

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Winners (also see subcategories)v974

2019 winner y separately published work icon Zobi and the Zoox Zobi and the Zoox : A Story of Coral Bleaching Ailsa Wild , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Briony Barr , Gregory Crocetti , Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2014 8355612 2014 single work picture book children's

With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady Zoox (zooxanthellae). The coral becomes gravely ill and bacteria around them begin to starve. Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day?

This book is about a symbiotic relationship. It tells the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny coral polyp. (Source: Back cover)

for 2018 CSIRO edition.
2006 winner y separately published work icon Emily and Alfie Meredith Hooper , Emma Quay (illustrator), Sydney : Hachette Livre Australia , 2006 Z1274335 2006 single work picture book children's
2001 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon The Platypus: What Is It? Jo Brice , Gregory Rogers (illustrator), Ringwood : Penguin , 2000 Z970714 2000 single work information book children's Awarded annually by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
2000 winner (Best Children's Book) Story and Illustration y separately published work icon The Rainforest Peter Macinnis , Jane Bowring , Kim Gamble (illustrator), Ringwood : Puffin , 1999 Z1065621 1999 single work information book children's

As the tree snake searches for food it takes us on a journey deep inside an Australian rainforest. We meet the fascinating creatures that inhabit all levels of the rainforest, from the dark forest floor to the thick, spreading canopy. (Source: back cover)

2000 winner (Best Children's Book) Environmental y separately published work icon Wetlands Tricia Oktober , Tricia Oktober (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder Headline , 2000 Z835528 2000 single work picture book children's

Describes changing climate of the wetlands, the way in which this affects the many animals there. (Source: Trove)

2000 winner (Best Children's Book) Educational y separately published work icon Mahogany the Mystery Glider Jill Morris , Sharon Dye (illustrator), Queensland : Greater Glider , 1999 Z835117 1999 single work single work non-fiction information book children's children's The Mahogany Glider is a rare species of glider which was missing for 106 years before being rediscovered in a swamp in North Queensland.
1999 winner (Best Children's Book) Older Children y separately published work icon Sand Swimmers : The Secret Life of Australia's Dead Heart Narelle Oliver , Narelle Oliver (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1999 Z820326 1999 single work picture book children's

'The Dead Heart is a desert wilderness in the centre of Australia. It is difficult to imagine anything can exist in such a harsh place. But the Dead Heart has a secret. It holds amazing stories of adaptation and survival. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers like Charles Sturt and learn what the indigenous people of this land first discovered: not all is quite as it seems.' (Publication summary)

1999 winner (Best Children's Book) Middle Childhood y separately published work icon Reef Tricia Oktober , Rydalmere : Hodder Children's Books , 1999 Z835234 1999 single work picture book children's

'Every year, green sea turtles swim through the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean to lay their eggs on the beaches of a coral reef. Guided by the stars and sea currents, the turtles swim day and night until at last they reach the reef. Their long journey is over, but the danger they face has just begun ...' (Source: Trove)

1999 winner (Best Children's Book) Early Childhood y separately published work icon Pobblebonks Garry Fleming , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1998 Z863962 1998 single work picture book children's mystery
1998 winner (Best Upper Primary Book) y separately published work icon Rainforest Tricia Oktober , Tricia Oktober (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder Children's Books , 1998 Z834694 1998 single work picture book children's

In the rainforest a new day is dawning. Early morning mists leave the forest wet and dripping. Brightly coloured kingfishers perch above the creek, while butterflies flutter among the blossoms. Suddenly the gentle sounds of the rainforest are shattered! The man-made sounds of heavy machines tearing into the undergrowth, toppling trees and crushing everything in their path, echo into the depths of the forest until the end of the day... (Source: Trove)

1998 winner (Best Lower Primary Book) y separately published work icon One Less Fish Kim Michelle Toft , Allan Sheather , Kim Michelle Toft (illustrator), Queensland : University of Queensland Press , 1997 Z834061 1997 single work information book children's Counting down from twelve to zero, the reader learns about some of the fish found on the Great Barrier Reef and the threats to their continued existence.
1997 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon The Wombat Who Talked to the Stars : The Journal of a Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Jill Morris , Sharon Dye (illustrator), Maleny : Greater Glider , 1997 Z833558 1997 single work non-fiction children's The northern hairy-nosed wombat, a critically endangered species, is found in one colony in north-west Queensland, Australia, consisting of about sixty-five individuals. Jill Morris tells the history of the species from the point of view of a 25 year old male wombat, with sensitive, colourful illustrations by Sharon Dye. Members of the northern hairy-nosed wombat recovery team have assisted in the development of this important book, produced at a crucial time for the survival of these precious animals.
1997 winner (Best Zoological Whimsy) y separately published work icon The Incomplete Book of Australian Mammals Ronald Strahan , Kenthurst : Kangaroo Press , 1997 Z948838 1997 selected work poetry children's

This little book is the work of two people who have shared the privilege of leading lives deeply involved with animals of various kinds. Both have long been fascinated by our native mammals and concerned, in their separate ways, to evoke similar feelings in others.

'The Incomplete Book of Australian Mammals' is a collection of the their favourite mammals, whether by reason of scientific interest, artistic appeal or simply for the fun of playing with the name. In both verse and picture they offer you an incomplete account, but one which aims to share whatever it is of the animals' essence that excites their interest, in the hope that it will not only amuse you, but arose your curiosity. (Source: Publisher's Blurb)

1996 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Bushfire Tricia Oktober , Tricia Oktober (illustrator), Rydalmere : Hodder Headline Australia , 1995 Z833270 1995 single work picture book children's
1995 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Yakkinn the Swamp Tortoise : The Most Dangerous Year Guundie Kuchling , Gerald Kuchling , Guundie Kuchling (illustrator), Subiaco : Chelonia Enterprises , 1995 Z925675 1995 single work information book children's
1995 joint winner (Best Popular Natural History) y separately published work icon With Wings on Their Fingers : An Intimate View of the Flying-fox Pamela Conder , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z812243 1994 single work non-fiction
1994 winner (Best Illustrated Children's Book (Photographs)) y separately published work icon Life in a Rotten Log Kathie Atkinson , Kathie Atkinson (illustrator), New South Wales : Allen and Unwin , 1993 Z837639 1993 single work information book children's

Life cycles in nature are explained to children through the story of a fallen tree - the tree may die but it provides food and shelter to a wealth of animals and plants.

1994 winner (Best Illustrated Children's Book (Paintings)) y separately published work icon Australian Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars Jill Morris , Lynne Muir (illustrator), Maleny : Greater Glider , 1993 Z838200 1993 single work non-fiction children's

Australia's night birds - owls, frogmouths and nightjars - are depicted in magnificent gouache painting, accompanied by whimsical verse and informative prose. Author Jill Morris and illustrator Lynne Tracey have produced an impressive sequel to their first Environment Artbook 'Australian Bats'. (Source: Back cover)

1994 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Austranimals Jill B. Bruce , Jan Wade (illustrator), New South Wales : Kangaroo Press , 1993 Z847569 1993 single work picture book children's

An ingenious book to teach American children about Australian animals and birds.

1993 winner (Best Illustrated Children's Book) y separately published work icon Bush Walk Tricia Oktober , Tricia Oktober (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1992 Z837428 1992 single work picture book children's
1993 joint winner (Best Children's Educational Books) y separately published work icon Cicada Sing-Song Densey Clyne , Densey Clyne (illustrator), North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1992 Z1065567 1992 single work information book children's
1993 joint winner (Best Children's Educational Books) y separately published work icon Catch Me if You Can Densey Clyne , Densey Clyne (illustrator), North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1992 Z1065559 1992 single work information book children's
1992 winner (Best Children's Educational Series) Picture Roo Books Kangaroo Press (publisher), 1985 series - publisher information book picture book children's
1991 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Tom's Friend Pat Reynolds , Pat Reynolds (illustrator), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1990 Z829762 1990 single work picture book children's
1991 winner (Certificate of Commendation) Best Illustrated Children's Book y separately published work icon Bush Song Tricia Oktober , Tricia Oktober (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z829875 1991 single work picture book children's

Bush Song celebrates the gradual return of the rich web of life to one corner of abused bushland.

1990 winner (Certificate of Commendation) Best Junior Series Australian Junior Field Guides Eleanor Stodart , 1989-1991 series - author Award presented when five titles in the series had been published. Eventually, 11 titles were published.
1990 winner (Best Animal Biology Text) Grahame Webb For Crocodiles of Australia (1989).
1989 winner (Best Zoological Photo-Essay) y separately published work icon The Australian Echidna Eleanor Stodart , Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1989 Z994424 1989 single work information book children's
1989 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Aldita and the Forest Thelma Catterwell , Derrick Stone (illustrator), Melbourne : J. M. Dent , 1988 Z832246 1988 single work picture book children's Aldita is a butterfly recently emerged from the pupa case. The butterfly explores the forest meeting the creatures and learning about the environment. The story is a plea for careful management and conservation of the environment.
1988 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Mundarda Belinda Brooker , Belinda Brooker (illustrator), Nedlands : Cygnet Books , 1988 Z841279 1988 single work picture book children's Mundarda, the pygmy possum, lives in the Western Australian bushland and comes out at night searching for food and adventure. One night when Mundarda and her baby possums are frightened by a large feral cat, Mundarda's friend Patch comes to their rescue.
1987 winner (Best Children's Series) Picture Roo Books Kangaroo Press (publisher), 1985 series - publisher information book picture book children's
1987 winner (Best Children's Illustrated) y separately published work icon Living Australia : Animals and Their Homes Frank Haddon , Tony Oliver (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1986 Z1065544 1986 single work information book children's
1987 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Animal Tracks C. D. Creagh , Kathie Atkinson , Richard Hassall (illustrator), North Ryde : Methuen Australia , 1986 Z1065536 1986 single work information book children's
1987 joint winner y separately published work icon The Kookaburra that Helps at the Nest Pauline Reilly , W. M. Rolland (illustrator), Kenthurst : Kangaroo Press , 1987 Z847043 1987 single work picture book children's Joint winner with Lyrebird & Emu.
1986 winner (Best Children's Fiction) y separately published work icon The Boy and the Whale Katherine Scholes , Victoria : Viking Kestrel , 1985 Z830753 1985 single work children's fiction children's

Sam walked along the top of the sand-hill, looking out over the rocks and sea. Then he paused, suddenly still, and stared down at the beach below.

A dark mound marked the white sand at the water's edge. He squinted. A heap of net... some ship's cargo washed in... an upturned boat?

This is the story of a boy and a whale. (Source: back cover)

1986 winner (Best Children's Series) y separately published work icon Australian Animals Peter Sloan , Ross Latham , North Ryde : Methuen Australia , 1986 Z1065527 1986 selected work information book children's
1986 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon The Arrow Book of Backyard Creatures Brian Mackness , Kathie Atkinson , Regina Siilbek , Densey Clyne (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1986 Z831364 1986 single work information book children's
1985 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Sebastian Lives in a Hat Thelma Catterwell , Kerry Argent (illustrator), Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1985 Z830015 1985 single work picture book children's After the untimely death of his mother, a baby wombat lives in a hat and is tenderly cared for by loving humans.
1983 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Australian Animals Peter Sloan , Ross Latham , North Ryde : Methuen Australia , 1983 Z1065525 1983 selected work information book children's
1982 winner (Best Children's Book Series) y separately published work icon Nature City Densey Clyne , 1982 Z916254 1982 series - author
1981 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon The Friends of Burramys June Epstein , Pamela Conder (illustrator), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1981 Z1065464 1981 single work information book children's
1980 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon Feathers, Fur and Frills Kilmeny Niland , Kilmeny Niland (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1980 Z836194 1980 single work picture book children's
1979 winner (Most Original Book) y separately published work icon The Garden Jungle Densey Clyne , Sydney : Collins , 1979 Z811294 1979 single work
1979 winner (Best Children's Book) y separately published work icon The Gould League Book of Australian Birds Don Goodsir , Tony Oliver (illustrator), Gladesville : Golden Press , 1979 Z949283 1979 single work information book children's
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