CBCA Early Childhood Notables 2020

Cat and Dog

Cat and Dog

Jonathan Bentley

One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong?

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Little Puggle's Song

Little Puggle’s Song

Vikki Conley, Helene Magisson

A lonely echidna searches for his voice. Every time Puggle tires to make sound nothing comes out. Can Puggle find his voice and join the bush choir?

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A Stack of Alpacas

A Stack of Alpacas

Matt Cosgrove

Smashing and splashing! Jumping and thumping! Fighting and biting! Macca is looking after his nieces and nephew and they are nothing but TROUBLE! How will Uncle Macca tame this unruly trio?

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We're Stuck!

We’re Stuck!

Sue DeGennaro

When Turtle races into the lift of Building 24, there is a nod and a blink and a step to the side. A grunt and a sigh and a lean to the right. But what happens when the lift stops moving? Crocodile has a meeting to get to. And...

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Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six

Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six

Jane Godwin, A. Yi

A lyrical exploration of those bittersweet moments when children first begin to explore the world for themselves.

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Leaping Lola

Leaping Lola

Tracey Hawkins, Anil Tortop

Lola loves to dance. She flounces and bounces all day long, practising for the Black and White Ball. But she is a brown Jersey cow, not a black-and-white cow. Can she disguise herself and have a spin on the dance floor?

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I See, I See.

I See, I See.

Robert Henderson

This picture book of opposites encourages readers to manipulate the book to see things from a completely different perspective.

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The Book Chook

The Book Chook

Amelia McInerney, Connah Brecon

When Ray realises he is a drawing of a chickenhe panics! Can he hatch a plan to get out of the book? Luckily, his plucky, clucky friend Janine is there to help.

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Let Me Sleep, Sheep!

Let Me Sleep, Sheep!

Meg McKinlay, Leila Rudge

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 Read reviewBaz & Benz

Baz & Benz

Heidi McKinnon

From the creator of I JUST ATE MY FRIEND, this is a gorgeous and hilarious exploration of enduring friendship.

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One Runaway Rabbit

One Runaway Rabbit

Mairead Murphy, David Metzenthen

A stylish and satisfying picture book about a curious pet rabbit who accidentally escapes the safety of her backyard, and then must survive in the wilds of suburbia at night.

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 Read reviewLittle Bird's Day

Little Bird’s Day

Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon and dreams of flying among the stars.

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Bat vs Poss

Bat vs Poss

Alexa Moses, Anil Tortop

Meek the possum and her sisters three are happy living in the sprawling paperbark tree - until the day Squabbles the bat moves in. A story about sharing and making friends.

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When Billy Was a Dog

When Billy Was a Dog

Kirsty Murray, Karen Blair

Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one. Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

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Meerkat Splash

Meerkat Splash

Aura Parker

Meerkats cleaning, washing. Woooo! Slipping, sliding, swimming too. Follow Meerkat Red into the burrow and join all the colourful meerkat friends for one big crazy bathtime! But who makes the biggest MEERKAT SPLASH?

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 Read reviewYou Might Find Yourself

You Might Find Yourself

Tai Snaith

A delightful picture book that celebrates empathy, compassion and the power of the imagination.

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Sleep Tight, Platypup

Sleep Tight, Platypup

Renee Treml

Poor little Platypup is frightened of the dark. What is that shadow? Who made that noise?

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My Friend Fred

My Friend Fred

A. Yi, Frances Watts

A delightful picture book about a friendship between an exuberant but loveable dachshund and his more retiring, tidy housemate.    

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Goodbye House, Hello House

Goodbye House, Hello House

Margaret Wild, Ann James

A joyful story about moving house and embracing change from a much-loved, award-winning team.

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