Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Early Childhood Notable List 2020

Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces their Book of the Year across six categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Picture Book of the Year, and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 25 February they announced their notable lists. On 31 March the shortlist will be announced and on Friday 21 August the winners will be announced.

These books represent the very best of Australian writing and illustration. Below is the Notable list for Early Childhood. Reserve your copy today.

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0-7 years

Cat and Dog by Jonathan Bentley
Little Puggle’s Song by Vikki Conley, with illustrations by Hélène Magisson
A Stack of Alpacas by Matt Cosgrove
We’re Stuck! by Sue deGennaro
Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six by Jane Godwin, with illustrations by A. Yi
Leaping Lola by Tracey Hawkins, with illustrations by Anil Tortop
I See, I See. by Robert Henderson
The Hole Idea by Beth & Paul Macdonald, with illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom
The Book Chook by Amelia McInerney, with illustrations by Connah Brecon
Let Me Sleep, Sheep! by Meg McKinlay, with illustrations by Leila Rudge
Baz & Benz by Heidi McKinnon
One Runaway Rabbit by David Metzenthen, with illustrations by Mairead Murphy
Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan, with illustrations by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr
Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses, with illustrations by Anil Tortop
When Billy Was a Dog by Kirsty Murray, with illustrations by Karen Blair
Meerkat Splash by Aura Parker
You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith
Sleep Tight, Platypup by Renée Treml
My Friend Fred by Frances Watts, with illustrations by A. Yi
Goodbye House, Hello House by Margaret Wild, with illustrations by Ann James

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