Children’s Book Council of Australia – Early Childhood Book of the Year 2017

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced the notable books for this year’s Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards which culminates with the amazing Children’s Book Week celebrations.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

The categories are for the CBCA Awards are: Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Older Readers, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Picture Book of the Year. 

Here is the list for Book of the Year: Early Childhood so these are the books for children who are pre-school and in the first few years of being at school. Some of them you might recognise from Storytime. And the best thing about the whole list is that it was written and illustrated by Australians so have a look through, follow the links, and reserve a copy to enjoy with your family.

Zelda’s Big Adventure written by Marie Alafaciand illustrated by Shane McGowan
Oh Albert! written by Davina Belland illustrated by Sara Acton
Go Home, Cheeky Animals! written by Johanna Belland illustrated by Dion Beasley
Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley
Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey
Little Chicken Chickabee written by Janeen Brianand illustrated by Danny Snell
All I Want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke
The 12th Dog written by Charlotte Calderand illustrated by Tom Jellet
The Snow Wombat written by Susannah Chambersand illustrated by Mark Jackson
The Cat Wants Custard written by Paul Crumbleand illustrated by Lucinda Gifford
Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan
Ducks Away! by Mem Fox
Little Bear’s First Sleep written by Lesley Gibbesand illustrated by Lisa Stewart
Bear Make Den written by Jane Godwin & Michael Wagnerand illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Home in the Rain by Bob Graham
Chip by Kylie Howarth
Bird and Bear and the Special Day by Ann James
Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester
Smile/ Cry written by Tania McCartneyand illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
Dream Little One, Dream written by Sally Morganand illustrated by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Joey Counts to Ten written by Sally Morganand illustrated by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Twig by Aura Parker
Molly and Mae written by Danny Parkerand illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Agatha and the Dark by Anna Pignataro
Gary by Leila Rudge
Wild Pa written by Claire Saxbyand illustrated by Connah Brecon
The Whole Caboodle written by Lisa Shanahanand illustrated by Leila Rudge
Ten Little Owls by Renee Treml
My Perfect Pup written by Sue Walkerand illustrated by Anil Tortop
Take Ted Instead written by Cassandra Webband illustrated by Amanda Francey
Together Always written by Edwina Wyattand illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Keep an eye out for the rest of the notable lists:
Book of the Year: Older Readers,
Book of the Year: Younger Readers,
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and
Picture Book of the Year