Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Shortlist 2019

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Between Us by Clare Atkins
Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Changing Gear by Scot Gardner
The Bogan Mondrian by Steve Herrick
The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Brindabella by Ursula Dubosarsky, with illustrations by Andrew Joyner
Leave Taking by Lorraine Marwood, with illustrations by Peter Carnavas
Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler
The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty, with illustrations by Kelly Canby
The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent
His Name was Walter by Emily Rodda

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Heads and Tailes: Insects by John Canty
The Dress-Up Box by Patrick Guest, with illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom
Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King
Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey by Alison Lester
Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester
Here Comes Stinkbug! by Tohby Riddle

Picture Book of the Year

The Feather by Freya Blackwood, with words by Margaret Wild
The Mediterranean by Armin Greder
Girl on Wire by Elise Hurst, with words by Lucy Estela
Chalk Boy by Mandy Ord, with words by Margaret Wild
The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley
Cicada by Shaun Tan

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story by Rohan Cleave, with illustrations by Coral Tulloch
The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope by Mark Greenwood, with illustrations by Andrew McLean
Waves by Donna Rawlins, with illustrations by Mark Jackson & Heather Potter
Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids by National Gallery of Victoria
Our Birds: Dilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha by Siena Stubbs
Sorry Day by Coral Vass, with illustrations by Dub Leffler

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

Australian Birds by Matt Chun
Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett
Dingo by Tannya Harricks
The Singing Seal by Allison Langton
Carmichael’s Journey by Samantha Metcalfe* Not currently available at the library
Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! by Jane Reiseger

And keep and eye out in the coming months as we reviews some of this year’s notable and shortlisted books.