Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year 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 Picture Book of the Year. Reserve your copy today.

Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0-18 years. Books in this category are listed primarily by the illustrator, followed by the author.

 Ella and the Ocean illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, written by Lian Tanner
Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Liarbird illustrated by Philip Bunting, written by Laura Bunting
Rodney written and illustrated by Kelly Canby
Dear Grandpa written and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh, written by Kate Simpson
Mallee Sky illustrated by Tannya Harricks, written by Jodi Toering
Mr Chicken All Over Australia written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs
Nop written and illustrated by Caroline Magerl
I Need a Parrot written and illustrated by Chris McKimmie
Three written and illustrated by Stephen Michael King
The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature illustrated by Jules Ober & Felicity Coonan, written by Pierre-Jacques Ober
Let Me Sleep, Sheep! illustrated by Leila Rudge, written by Meg McKinlay
Baby Business written and illustrated by Jasmine Seymour
Queen Celine written and illustrated by Matt Shanks
Windcatcher: Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater illustrated by Craig Smith, written by Diane Jackson Hill
The Gift written and illustrated by Michael Speechley
Lottie and Walter written and illustrated by Anna Walker
Tilly illustrated by Anna Walker, written by Jane Godwin
Little Bird’s Day illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr, written by Sally Morgan
One Tree illustrated by Bruce Whatley, written by Christopher Cheng

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