CBCA Picture Book Notables 2017

Out

Out

Angela May George, Owen Swan

Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people take to build a new life.

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On the River

On the River

Roland Harvey

Follow the mighty Murray River from the mountains to the sea on an epic journey with Roland Harvey and his pelican friend, in this glorious picture book full of humorous, intricate illustrations and fascinating information.

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Grandpa's Big Adventure

Grandpa’s Big Adventure

Paul Newman, Tom Jellett

I'm afraid of the water . . . but Grandpa loves it, and he's teaching me to swim. Maybe if I can swim, I'll have adventures like him one day . . .Paul Newman and Tom Jellett take you on a charming trip full of wild...

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 Read reviewCircle

Circle

Jeannie Baker

In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story.

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 Read reviewSomewhere Else

Somewhere Else

Gus Gordon

From award-winning author and illustrator Gus Gordon comes this irresistible story about a duck called George, the possibility of adventure, and taking risks to realise what you value most.

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Hattie Helps out

Hattie Helps out

Jane Godwin, Davina Bell, Freya Blackwood

It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party. Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap. Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired... A...

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 Read reviewMr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Leigh Hobbs

Mr Chicken has been to Paris and London, but his taste for travel is insatiable - now it's time to visit Rome, a city of ancient wonders and delicious things to eat. From the hilarious mind of the 2016-2017 Australian Children's...

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Melbourne Word By Word

Melbourne Word By Word

Michael McMahon

Word by word, sound by sound, sight by familiar sight, this is a book that evokes the spirit of Melbourne. Take a meander through Melbourne's iconic landmarks and hidden gems, and soak up the distinct Melbourne atmosphere, page by...

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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The Sisters Saint-Claire

The Sisters Saint-Claire

Carlie Gibson, Tamsin Ainslie

Beautifully illustrated, this delightful rhyming tale about five gourmand mice sisters who go to market and the youngest sister, Cecile, who sets up her very own delicious pie stall with food fit for a Queen.

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One Photo

One Photo

Ross Watkins, Liz Anelli

Dad came home one day with one of those old cameras, the kind that use film. But Dad didn't take photos of the regular things people photograph ... Told in stunning prose, with creative heart-warming illustrations, this book...

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Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Pamela Freeman (Author), Liz Anelli (Illustrator)

The dry salt bed of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre shimmers in the desert heat. But far up north, the rains have come. Water is flooding into empty riverbeds and swirling down towards the lake. Soon everything will change.

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Where Is Bear?

Where Is Bear?

Jonathan Bentley

Where is Bear? Where can he be? No one goes to bed without their faithful bear. But this irresistible story has a surprise in store!

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Don't Call Me Bear

Don’t Call Me Bear

Aaron Blabey

G'day my name is Warren, and I've got something to share... Just because I'm furry doesn't mean that I'm a bear. Warren the Koala is many things-a marsupial, cute and furry, a bit of a grump-but the one thing he's not is a...

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Something Wonderful

Something Wonderful

Raewyn Caisley, Karen Blair

Sam likes to pull things apart and put them back together, and think about how things work. But he is sometimes so busy doing this, he forgets his chores on the family farm. Then one day he creates something truly wonderful.

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Reflection: Remembering Those Who Serve In War

Reflection: Remembering Those Who Serve In War

Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg (Author), Robin Cowcher (Illustrator)

Left! Left! Left! Right! Left! We make our way in the dark. A family journeys through the early morning darkness...A group of young men huddle in a cold muddy trench...Reflection is a powerful tribute to those...

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 Read reviewA Patch from Scratch

A Patch from Scratch

Megan Forward

Jesse and Lewis want to grow their own fruit and vegies, just like people do on a farm. They're going to dig and build, plant and grow, and when they're finished they're going to have a feast!

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 Read reviewMy Brother

My Brother

Dee Huxley, Tiffany Huxley, Oliver Huxley

When a gentle creature sets out to find a lost brother, the quest follows an ethereal journey across lands and seas to strange, beautiful and faraway places.

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Blue, The Builder's Dog

Blue, The Builder’s Dog

Jen Storer, Andrew Joyner

Meet Blue, the Builder's Dog. On the construction site, he's part of the team. He guards the tools, signs the concrete slabs and keeps stickybeaks away. But Blue doesn't have a house of his own. The builder has one. The chippie...

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Pandamonia

Pandamonia

Chris Owen, Chris Nixon

When visiting the zoo, whatever you do, DON'T WAKE THE PANDA! Join in the fantastic fun as one grumpy panda sets off a frenzy of wild partying!

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Milo: A Moving Story

Milo: A Moving Story

Tohby Riddle

A sweet and funny story about a city-dwelling dog, a day when everything goes wrong, a curious rescue and a surprising gift.

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Gary

Gary

Leila Rudge (Author/Illustrator)

Gary the pigeon can't fly. When his racing pigeon friends head off in their travel basket, Gary stays at home. He organises his scrapbook of travel mementos and dreams about the adventures the other pigeons are having. But when...

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Chooks in Dinner Suits: A Tale of Big Dogs and Little Penguins

Chooks in Dinner Suits: A Tale of Big Dogs and Little Penguins

Diane Jackson Hill, Craig Smith

On a tiny island lives a waddle of Little Penguins. But their numbers are dwindling. Swampy Marsh knows what to do, but no one will listen. Soon he can count the last few penguins on the fingers of one hand. The desperate...

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Stanley

Stanley

Colin Thompson

From the creator of FEARLESS comes a new canine tale. 'It was very quiet in Stanley's house. there were no brothers or sisters, no dads or grannies, not even a cat, a budgie or a goldfish.' Stanley lives with his human, Gerald,...

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Small Things

Small Things

Mel Tregonning

An ordinary boy in an ordinary world...With no words, only illustrations, Small Things tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries, but who learns that help is always close by.

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New Year Surprise!

New Year Surprise!

Christopher Cheng, Di Wu

Little Brother is told by his brother and his friends that he's too small to help out at the Spring Festival. He's too little to fly a kite and he's not strong enough to hold a dragon pole. But Father says he has a special job to...

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