Children’s Book Council of Australia – Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2016

Here is the list of notable books for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. This category is filled with fascinating facts and information that belongs to our Non-Fiction collections. The books in this category will be suitable for different ages and interests but there are a wide range of topics covered.

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The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert by Jakuna Mona Chuguna & Pat Lowe, with illustrations by Mervyn Street
The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the charming account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl, and her family, in the desert country of north-west Australia. Simultaneously delightful tales of children growing up and a social and cultural history of a way of life, Mona Chuguna?s semi-autobiographical stories are set before European settlement impacted on the lives of the people of the Great Sandy Desert, and before they left their homelands.

Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave, with illustrations by Coral Tulloch
Phasmid is the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, or Stick Insect. Believed to be extinct for nearly 80 years, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometres off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia. News of their unbelievable survival made headlines around the world and prompted an extraordinary conservation effort to save this remarkable invertebrate. This wonderful tale captures the life of one of the world’s most critically endangered invertebrates, from beginning life as an egg to surviving harsh environments and the hopeful return to their homeland, Lord Howe Island. Phasmid is a positive story about one species’ incredible survival in a time of worldwide species decline.

Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea by Danielle Clode
Step back to a time when Australia’s red centre was flooded by a vast shallow ocean, the Eromanga Sea. While dinosaurs stalked the scattered islands that made up the Australian continent, giant marine mammals ruled the waves. Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs swam in an inland sea filled with schools of ammonites, pterosaurs flew overhead and giant carnivorous amphibians lurked in the rivers. Prehistoric Marine, the third in the Museum Victoria Nature series, is a guide to the fauna of the Eromanga Sea and its coasts during the Cretaceous period. This richly illustrated book brings to life yet another aspect of the fascinating world of Australia’s prehistoric past and provides an accessible introduction to some of the amazing fauna, geology and fossils found in this part of the world.

The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe
The Gestapo called her the White Mouse – and they wanted her, dead or alive. Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance during World War II and became the most wanted woman in France. Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas
The new Australian go-to book for parents wanting help with THAT talk…It’s one of the most amazing stories ever told — and it’s true! Funny, frank and embarrassment-free, The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made gives a fresh take on the incredible tale of where we all come from.

Green Tree Frogs by Sandra Kendell
Each year monsoonal rains sweep across the Top End and the green tree frogs clamber from their hiding places to feed, breed and sing! ‘Green Tree Frogs’ is an affectionate celebration of these cheeky characters and of life in the wet season. It also provides an entertaining insight into the amphibious life cycle.

A is for Australia by Frane Lessac
What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? You’ll uncover these exciting facts when you explore the A to Z of Australia – from Bondi to Kakadu and all the way to Taronga Zoo. Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world!

Australian Kids Through the Years by Tania McCartney, with illustrations by Andrew Joyner
Australian Kids through the Years takes a look at children’s lives, from the time of the first children, to the colonial era and Federation, and through the decades of the twentieth century to the present day. For each period, the book introduces a particular girl and a boy who then feature in the following spread.

ANZAC Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front by Allison Marlow Peterson
In the years of 1914-1918 over 330,000 Australians served their country in a war far from their homeland, more than 60,000 of them die. Five of these Australians were brothers; three of them were destined to never return to the home they loved. The Great War brought enormous sorrow to families all over the world. In Australia there were few who escaped the fear, nor the tragedy. This is the story of the Marlow brothers. This powerful children’s book brings their story to life for future generations. It is a tragic tale of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; a heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by a devastating war. It is a pledge to never forget.

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony by Stephanie Owen Reeder
Based on a true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie’s 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia’s history. Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way: a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.

Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural ANZACs by Robyn Siers, with illustrations by Carlie Walker
Ancestry is the third book in the Century of service series. It tells the stories of individuals and families from a range of cultural backgrounds who served with Australian units during the First World War. This image-rich publication draws on the Australian War Memorial’s diverse collection, including private records, photographs, works of art, and relics.

My Gallipoli by Ruth Starke, with illustrations by Robert Hannaford
From the shores of Anzac Cove to the heights of Chunuk Bair, from Cape Helles to Gurkha Bluff, the Gallipoli Peninsula was the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss.

Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change by Carole Wilkinson
Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it’s the hottest topic on Earth. We can’t survive without Earth’s atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth’s climate. Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the most important book you read in your life.

We are the Rebels: the Men and Women who made Eureka by Clare Wright
‘When I was at school, the story of the Eureka Stockade went like this: a bunch of miners in blue shirts fought a bunch of soldiers in red coats because of unfair taxes. Blood stained the wattle, men got the vote and out of all this democracy was born. They were all men, of course. That went without saying.’ But they weren’t all men. There was . . . Poet ELLEN YOUNG, stirring up the miners with her letters to the paper; Newspaper editor CLARA DUVAL SEEKAMP, publishing them; Actor SARAH HANMER, raising money for the cause; Teacher ANASTASIA HAYES and the other women who sewed the Eureka flag . . . not to mention the unknown woman who was killed in the fighting, then completely forgotten for 150 years. This is their story, and the story of the thousands of men, women and children who risked everything to travel to the goldfields. They were the rebels. And, as historian Clare Wright shows in electrifying detail, their story is our story too.

Alice’s Food A-Z by Alice Zaslavsky
Dip in and taste this edible adventure by Alice Zaslavsky – former MasterChef contestant and the host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whiz. Packed to the brim with funny food facts, clever cooking tips and kidfriendly recipes, this is a book for the fact-hungry, food-obsessed or those who like to mess about in the kitchen.

Keep an eye out for the rest of the notable lists:
Book of the Year: Older Readers,
Book of the Year: Younger Readers, and 
Picture Book of the Year