CBCA Early Childhood Notables 2021

Busy Beaks

Busy Beaks

Sarah Allen

Spend a day with Australia's most vibrant and unique feathered friends. Full of splashing shorebirds, clattering cockatoos, parading penguins and greedy galahs, Busy Beaks is the perfect introduction to birds of all shapes and...

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Coming Home to Country

Bronwyn Bancroft

Run to the creek, perch on a rock, slip into clear crystal water. An visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to country from acclaimed author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft. Shortlisted for the 2020 YABBA...

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What Do You Call Your Grandpa?

What Do You Call Your Grandpa?

Ashleigh Barton, Martina Heiduczek

An inclusive picture book for grandparents everywhere.   

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Shapes and Colours

Shapes and Colours

John Canty

John Canty, the award-winning author/illustrator of the Heads and Tails series, introduces readers to a multi-tiered new concept book about shape and colour sorting and object identification.

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Soon

Soon

Libby Gleeson, Jedda Robaard

We're waiting for our baby. Wait, wait, wait. 'When will the baby come, Mum?' 'Soon.' A delightful story that perfectly captures the excitement of waiting for the arrival of a new baby.

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I’ll Always Be Older Than You

Jane Godwin, Sara Acton

A celebration of the bond between siblings from acclaimed author Jane Godwin, with glorious illustrations from Sara Acton.

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Who's Your Real Mum?

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Bernadette Green, Anna Zobel

A beautifully illustrated story, written with a light and humorous touch, that celebrates nontraditional families and captures exactly what lies at the heart of family life - love.

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Me and My Boots

Me and My Boots

Penny Harrison, Evie Barrow

Me and My Boots is the first title staring Bronte, a fun-loving character who inadvertently challenges stereotypes though her everyday adventures. In her first adventure, she rejects the label bossy boots, and in introducing...

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No! Never!

No! Never!

Libby Hathorn, Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, Mel Pearce

A cautionary tale about a little girl who drives her parents up the wall when she starts answering 'No! Never!' to all their requests - and what happens when the tables are turned on her.

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Ruby Red Shoes: My Wonderful Grandmother

Ruby Red Shoes: My Wonderful Grandmother

Kate Knapp

Let Ruby welcome you into her world as she tells you all the wonderful things about her grandmother.

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Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3

Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3

Frane Lessac

On a coral reef in the big blue sea, count the ocean creatures 1, 2, 3.

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Anemone is not the Enemy

Anemone is not the Enemy

Anna McGregor

All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you. 

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There's No Such Thing

There’s No Such Thing

Heidi McKinnon

A funny, warm and reassuring story from the internationally acclaimed creator of I Just Ate My Friend and Baz & Benz.

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Respect

Respect

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Lisa Kennedy

A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves. Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture. 

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We Love You, Magoo

We Love You, Magoo

Briony Stewart

A classic in the making - joyous and playful, this will be read again and again. Pitched perfectly at the preschooler, just learning the rules who loves being the boss.

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This Small Blue Dot

This Small Blue Dot

Zeno Sworder

A young girl introduces the newest member of her family to the small wonders, big lessons and other important stuff that makes being a child so special.

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Bin Chicken

Bin Chicken

Kate Temple, Ronojoy Ghosh

Diving in dumpsters, traipsing through trash! Rummaging through rubbish, making a splash! 'Revolting!' they snort, starting to sicken, 'Trash Turkey! Dumpster Duck! BIN CHICKEN!' One bird's trash is another bird's...

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Pink!

Pink!

Margaret Wild, Judith Rossell

An adorable new picture book about accepting yourself and finding your strengths, from award-winning author Margaret Wild and award-winning illustrator Judith Rossell.

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Ten Little Figs

Ten Little Figs

Rhian Williams, Nathaniel Eckstrom

A child counts down the figs on the backyard fig tree, as each one is snatched away by a different Australian animal, in this ode to Australia's natural landscape.

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