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Winners

2017 winner y separately published work icon Out Owen Swan (illustrator), Angela May George , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2016 8735025 2016 single work picture book children's

'Touching story about starting a new life and the strength of the human spirit. Timely and sensitive discussion of what drives people to become refugees and the challenges they face. Soft, yet evocative, illustrations. Released to coincide with World Refugee Day 2016.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Bully on the Bus Kathryn Apel , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2014 6954487 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'The bully on the bus taunts 7-year-old Leroy, then silences him with threats of worse to come. While hunting for hidden messages in The Big Bad Book of Fairytales, Leroy becomes Little Red Robin Hood, and finds the strength and courage he needs to overcome the bully’s torments, once and for all.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Violet Mackerel's Personal Space Anna Branford , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2012 Z1935877 2012 single work children's fiction children's 'Violet Mackerel has some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is about Mum and Vincent. The not-so-good news is that they have to move house. Violet is trying to be brave, but sometimes leaving your personal space can be tricky.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon The Big Sister Sally Rippin , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2011 Z1852346 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'Billie can't wait for the new baby to arrive. She's even going to give it her favourite teddy! But what will happen when her parents go to hospital without her and Billie's teddy goes missing?' (Source: back cover).
2010 winner y separately published work icon Pearl Verses the World Sally Murphy , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2009 Z1607159 2009 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 2 units)

'A moving illustrated verse novel about a girl dealing with isolation at school, and with her grandma’s illness at home.

'At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart.' (Publication summary)

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness Colin Thompson , Colin Thompson (illustrator), North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2008 Z1488319 2008 single work picture book children's

'George lives with his grandmother and a big empty space where his mother and father should be.

'One Friday on his way home from school, George visits the animal shelter. There, in the very last cage, is Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lost and lonely as George feels.

'When Jeremy comes home to live with George and his granny, their whole lives change, and they learn that when it comes to love, it's quality not quantity that counts ...' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Clancy the Courageous Cow Lachie Hume , Lachie Hume (illustrator), Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2006 Z1357072 2006 single work picture book children's "Clancy the cow is a misfit in his herd, but when he proves himself in the annual cow wrestling match, he demonstrates the foolishness of judging by appearances." (Source: Worldcat)
2007 winner y separately published work icon The Worry Tree Marianne Musgrove , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1407927 2007 single work children's fiction children's

'Just because something's not magic doesn't mean it can't be magical...

'Juliet's a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing 'The Irritating Song' all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad's junk. Nana's so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet's friends, Lindsay and Gemma, are competing to see which of them is Juliet's best friend. Juliet can't fit in any more worries!

'But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well. It's The Worry Tree, and with the help of a duck called Delia and the other Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life's big problems.' (Publication summary)

2005 winner y separately published work icon Emily's Rapunzel Hair Cecily Matthews , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Sydney : ABC Books , 2005 Z1185160 2005 single work picture book children's

'A storybook for preschoolers and primary readers, featuring seven charming stories about four-year-old Emily as she waits impatiently to grow long, flowing hair just like Rapunzel.' (Publication summary)

2001 winner y separately published work icon Princess Max Laurie Stiller , Gregory Rogers (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2001 Z916711 2001 single work picture book children's

'A young boy pretends to be a princess while dancing in his mother's clothes. His older cousin calls him a weirdo and makes him feel self-conscious until his understanding mother talks with him.' (Publication summary)

2001 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.
1999 winner y separately published work icon Grandpa Lilith Norman , Noela Young (illustrator), Sydney : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1998 Z863708 1998 single work picture book children's 'Blake thought that his Grandpa was a pain in the neck sometimes. He took over Blake's room and told the same stories over and over. But now that Grandpa has gone, Blake remembers how he was good at fixing things and how he made a whole shelf of animals out of horseshoe nails. Blake realises he treasures these memories of Grandpa and wants to share them with his class at school'
(Source: Back cover).
1997 winner y separately published work icon Hannah Plus One Libby Gleeson , Ringwood : Puffin , 1996 Z832946 1996 single work children's fiction children's When Hannah learns her Mum is expecting another baby, she is convinced it will be another set of twins, leaving Hannah the odd one out. It's a time to strike out and stand up for herself because soon Hannah too will be a big sister.
1996 inaugural winner y separately published work icon The Man Who Loved Boxes Stephen Michael King , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Sydney : Scholastic Australia , 1995 Z839639 1995 single work picture book children's

Depicts a father's special way of showing his love for his son.

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