Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Early Childhood Notable List 2021

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 CBCA Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 23 February they announced their notable lists. On 30 March the Shortlist will be announced and on Friday 20 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

Bear in Space by Deborah Abela, with illustrations by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
Busy Beaks by Sarah Allen
Coming Home to Country by Bronwyn Bancroft
What Do You Call Your Grandpa? by Ashleigh Barton, with illustrations by Martina Heiduczek
Shapes and Colours by John Canty
Soon by Libby Gleeson, with illustrations by Jedda Robaard
I’ll Always Be Older Than You by Jane Godwin, with illustrations by Sara Acton
Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green, with illustrations by Anna Zobel
Me and My Boots by Penny Harrison, with illustrations by Evie Barrow
No! Never! by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, with illustrations by Mel Pearce
Ruby Red Shoes: My Wonderful Grandmother by Kate Knapp
Australia Under the Sea 1, 2, 3 by Frané Lessac
Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor
There’s No Such Thing by Heidi McKinnon
Respect by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy
We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart
This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder
Bin Chicken by Kate & Jol Temple, with illustrations by Ronojoy Ghosh
Pink! by Margaret Wild, with illustrations by Judith Rossell
Ten Little Figs by Rhiân Williams, with illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom

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