CBCA Picture Book Notables 2019

Drought

Drought

Jackie French, Bruce Whatley

From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire and Cyclone comes Drought a moving story about the devastating effects drought has on many Australians and their farms.

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 Read reviewGo Go and the Silver Shoes

Go Go and the Silver Shoes

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

When Go Go is allowed to buy the most beautiful shoes ever, she decides she will wear them EVERYWHERE! Even to the creek, where she and her brothers go adventuring.But - Oh no, Go Go! - that's when a...

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When You're Going to the Moon

When You’re Going to the Moon

Sasha Beekman, Vivienne To

Your pet iguana, tap-dancing shoes, an inflatable moose ...What else might you need when you're going to the moon? From an exciting new duo comes a heartfelt story about dreaming your biggest dream and taking it to the...

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 Read reviewCicada

Cicada

Shaun Tan

The story of a cicada who works in an office, and all the people who don't appreciate him. The new picture book from multi-award-winner Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and Rules of Summer.

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 Read reviewSonam and the Silence

Sonam and the Silence

Eddie Ayres, Ronak Taher

A haunting fable-like story by the well-known musician and author, Eddie Ayres, about the power of music and a young girl in Kabul set during the occupation of the Taliban

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The All New Must Have Orange 430

The All New Must Have Orange 430

Michael Speechley

A cheeky picture book for anyone who's bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn't quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.

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My Sunbeam Baby

My Sunbeam Baby

Emma Quay

A gorgeous new picture book about how much we love our babies, from Emma Quay, creator of the bestselling and award-winning Rudie Nudie.

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The Incredible Freedom Machines

The Incredible Freedom Machines

Kirli Saunders, Matt Ottley

She was small when she heard about them... the incredible freedom machines. In this sumptuous story of exploration and breaking boundaries, a young girl uncovers her very own freedom machinea vehicle that carries her to all...

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Chalk Boy

Chalk Boy

Margaret Wild, Mandy Ord

A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life.

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 Read reviewMaya and Cat

Maya and Cat

Caroline Magerl

Maya and Cat is an inspiring picture book about friendship and resilience from one of Australia's most renowned author-illustrators.On a roof, as wet as a seal, as grey as a puddle, Cat was rumbling, a rumbly...

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Waiting for Chicken Smith

Waiting for Chicken Smith

David Mackintosh

'Every year, I stay in the same cabin at the beach with my family, and every year Chicken Smith's here too, with his Dad and his dog, Jelly. But this year, something's different.'

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Why I Love Summer

Why I Love Summer

Michael Wagner, Tom Jellett

Sunny days, weekends at the pool, games in the backyard, daylight until late and long, lovely holidays . . . that's summer, the best season ever. The perfect follow up to the much-loved Why I Love Footy (Notables list,...

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Girl on Wire

Girl on Wire

Lucy Estela, Elise Hurst

Girl on Wire is a simple yet brilliantly uplifting allegory of a young girl struggling to build her self-esteem and overcome the anxiety that many children feel as they grow - she walks the tightrope, afraid she will fall, but...

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The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

Armin Greder

A lifeless body. One of many in the waters of the Mediterranean. Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns.From the creator of The Island.

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The Last Peach

The Last Peach

Gus Gordon

One fine summer's day two bugs discover the most beautiful peach of the season and are faced with a dilemma... Who should eat it?

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The Hole Story

The Hole Story

Kelly Canby

He picks it up and pops it in his pocket. But it doesn't take Charlie long to realise that a hole in your pocket is not a good thing to have . . .

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How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

Philip Bunting

The (unauthorised) biography of you, and the story of all of us. Charting from the Big Bang to birth, Philip Bunting takes us on a journey back to the start of time (in about the time it takes to eat your breakfast!) A...

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Midnight at the Library

Midnight at the Library

Ursula Dubosarsky, Ron Brooks

In Midnight at the Library, critically-acclaimed author, Ursula Dubosarsky, and award-winning illustrator, Ron Brooks, traverse space and time, telling the story of a book throughout history. Dubosarsky and Brooks piece together...

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The Feather

The Feather

Margaret Wild, Freya Blackwood

'Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul' -- Emily Dickinson.This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two...

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Room On Our Rock

Room On Our Rock

Kate Temple, Terri,Rose Baynton

Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story. This clever picture book has one story that can be read two...

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