CBCA Early Childhood Notables 2018

The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

Ella Mulvey, Karen Briggs

In the big old ute, on the long red road, in the desert of my home, we all set off for the rabbit-hole golf course. It's the best place around here to find rabbits. We sit by the holes, we dig, we wait ... Thump tick, thump...

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The Cat Wants Cuddles

The Cat Wants Cuddles

P. Crumble, Lucinda Gifford

Kevin doesn't want a pat. He doesn't want a tickle. And he definitely does NOT want a cuddle. There's absolutely no way this hilarious cat is going to change his mind about that. Or will he?

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The Thank You Dish

Trace Balla

A story about gratitude, community and eating locally, from a bestselling picture-book maker.

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Why Can't I be a Dinosaur?

Why Can’t I be a Dinosaur?

Kylie Westaway, Tom Jellett

Today. Is. Dinosaur. Day! I roared.Today is Aunt Daisy's wedding, said Mum. And Nellie, you're the flower girl, remember?But I can't be a flower girl today, I said. I'm a dinosaur.Mum,...

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Heads and Tails

Heads and Tails

John Canty

Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children's picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation...

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The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby

Alison Lester

Here is the story of a very noisy baby. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous...

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NoMax!

NoMax!

Shannon Horsfall

If this dog is always called 'NoMax!' by Dad, why does his bowl have a different name on it?  

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One, Two, Pirate Stew

One, Two, Pirate Stew

Kylie Howarth

1,2, Round up the crew. 3,4, Now grab an oar Take one large cardboard box, two imaginative kids, add a splash of pirate pets and you have a recipe for adventure! Count along from 1 to 22 to discover the secret of the missing...

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Rodney Loses It!

Rodney Loses It!

Michael Gerard Bauer, Chrissie Krebs

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!...

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Busting!

Busting!

Aaron Blabey

Lou is BUSTING for the loo. But the loo has quite a queue. So what on earth is Lou to do?

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Guff

Guff

Aaron Blabey

A funny and delightful picture book for 4+ for anyone who's ever had a little fabric friend. From the award-winning and best-selling author, Aaron Blabey. 

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Pig the Star

Pig the Star

Aaron Blabey

Pig just LOVES attention. In fact, he's a great, bit SHOW-OFF. But when ANOTHER star appears at the photo shoot, Pig doesn't like it. No, Pig doesn't like it at ALL...

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The Very Sleepy Bear

The Very Sleepy Bear

Nick Bland

On a Jingle Jangle Mountain, as the snow fell on the rocks. A sleepy bear was being followed by a very sneaky fox. But Bear was in a hurry, he was running very late. Winter had arrived and it was time to hibernate!The...

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At the Zoo I See

At the Zoo I See

Joshua Button, Robyn Wells

This delightful book for early childhood will enthrall young children and their older readers. The vibrant illustrations are accompanied by a soft lyrical text and together they introduce some of the diverse native and exotic...

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Our Last Trip to the Market

Our Last Trip to the Market

Lorin Clarke, Mitch Vane

What a fabulous morning to go to the market. That busker is dressed as a clown! And there's fruit and a baker. There are people on bikes. Annabelle, please put that down . . . This boisterous family excursion is full of warmth,...

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Boy

Boy

Phil Cummings, Shane Devries

The king's battles with the dragon were always mighty and loud... CLING CLANG CLONG! ROAR! Boy lived in a silent world and couldnt hear the fighting. But Boy could see the fear around him... and how everyone would be...

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Great Goal! Marvellous Mark!

Great Goal! Marvellous Mark!

Katrina Germein, Janine Dawson

Age range 3 to 5 Get ready for a great game of footy. There's plenty of ac on and masses of mud. Who will kick the first goal? Who will take the best mark? And will the yellow team win? A zippy, colourful, wet and muddy...

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Meerkat Choir

Meerkat Choir

Nicki Greenberg

'And a ONE - and a TWO - and a THREE-''Excuse me. Can I join your choir?''No. You cannot join our choir. This is a MEERKAT choir.'The meerkats are excited. They're ready for their very...

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On the Way to Nana's

On the Way to Nana’s

Frances Haji-Ali, Lindsay Haji-Ali, David Hardy

Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali take us counting backwards from FIFTEEN to ONE on this spectactular journey in the far north of WA.

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Me And You

Me And You

Deborah Kelly

A delightful rhyming picture book that celebrates all the special relationships and fun-filled activities in a child's life, their special bonds with parents, grandparents, cousins, neighbours and pets, as well as all the...

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Ready, Steady, Hatch!

Ready, Steady, Hatch!

Ben Long, David Cornish

Round and bright, and creamy white, amid the pumpkin patch, a clutch of eggs was sprouting legs. Ready, steady, hatch! Ten chicks are excited to discover the world outside their eggshells, but the smallest is soon...

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Olivia's Voice

Olivia’s Voice

Mike Lucas, Jennifer Harrison

Listen.Silence.Love, words, friendship and colour need no sound.My name is Olivia and this is my world.

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What's Up Top

What’s Up Top

Marc Martin

Simple, playful and absurdist, this new picture book by Marc Martin is about imagination and creativity. Reminiscent of Press Here by Herve Tullet, Dr Seuss and I Want my Hat Back by Jon Glasson.

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Two Rainbows

Sophie Masson, Michael McMahon

All the colours of the rainbow are explored against the striking backdrop of two different worlds. A stunning exploration of colour by internationally acclaimed author Sophie Masson and emerging illustrator Michael McMahon.

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Hello to You, Moon

Hello to You, Moon

Sally Morgan, Sonny Day, Biddy Maroney

Not all creatures are night animals, but all creatures respond to the moon. Beautiful counting verse and luminous artwork bring to life the mystery and wonder of moonlight's effect on us all.

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Road Trip

Road Trip

Danny Parker, Nathaniel Eckstrom

The only thing worse than a long and boring road trip is driving with someone who loves long and boring road trips.

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Hark, It's Me, Ruby Lee!

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!

Lisa Shanahan, Binny

Ruby Lee is a little girl with a very big imagination. Every week Ruby's teacher, Mrs Majestic-Jones, asks special people to do special jobs in her class. Ruby would do anything to be the messenger, as she's the best in her class...

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Eric the Postie

Eric the Postie

Matt Shanks

Eric had a dream . . .he knew he could be the best postman ever. There was one big obstacle-he didn't have any mail to deliver. Eric is not going to let that stop him . . . An adorable, heartwarming story about chasing your...

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Molly the Pirate

Molly the Pirate

Lorraine Teece, Paul Seden

Molly the Pirate is a swashbuckling tale that will delight anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate.

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The Scared Book

The Scared Book

Debra Tidball, Kim Siew

It's story time, but this book has bad news - as soon as it realises there are monsters in it, it's too scared to tell you the rest of the story! Can you help it feel better? It needs you to rub away its goosebumps, blow away the...

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That Christmas Feeling

That Christmas Feeling

Lili Wilkinson, Amanda Francey

A warm family story that will give you those special Christmas tingles.

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Can You Find Me?

Can You Find Me?

Gordon Winch, Patrick Shirvington

Search for an echidna, a powerful owl, a frog and many more animals hidden on every page. Pat Shirvingtons striking illustrations hide each one of the animals just enough for the guessing to begin.

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Nanna's Button Tin

Nanna’s Button Tin

Wolfer Dianne, Potter Heather

Nanna's button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. A button for teddy. A beautiful story about memories and the...

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