Children’s Book Council of Australia – Picture Book of the Year 2017

Here is the list of notable books for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year. This category is notable for the illustration so each book is marked by the illustrator before the author. Some books in this category may be for older readers, be non-fiction, or for smaller children. It is advised to check the book before reading them to younger children.

Spark illustrated by Andrew Plant and written by Adam Wallace
Out illustrated by Owen Swan and written by Angela de Pourbaix
Welcome to Country illustrated by Lisa Kennedy and written by Aunty Joy Murphy
The Patchwork Bike illustrated by Van T Rudd and written by Beneba Clarke
The Sisters Saint-Claire illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie and written by Carlie Gibson
Pandamonia illustrated by Chris Nixon and written by Chris Owen
New Year Surprise! illustrated by Di Wu and written by Christopher Cheng
Molly and Mae illustrated by Freya Blackwood and written by Danny Parker
Crusts illustrated by Matt Ottley and written by Danny Parker
My Brother illustrated by Oliver Huxley and written by Dee Huxley & Tiffany Huxley
Chooks in Dinner Suits illustrated by Craig Smith and written by Dianne Jackson Hill
Cyclone illustrated by Bruce Whatley and written by Jackie French
Dog Lost illustrated by Brian Simmonds and written by Jan Ramage
Hattie Helps Out illustrated by Freya Blackwood and written by Jane Godwin & Davina Bell
Blue Sky, Yellow Kite illustrated by Jonathan Bentley and written by Janet A Holmes
Blue, The Builder’s Dog illustrated by Andrew Joyner and written by Jen Storer
A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy illustrated by Phil Lesnie and written by Libby Hathorn
Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre illustrated by Liz Anelli and written by Pamela Freeman
Grandpa’s Big Adventure illustrated by Tom Jellett and written by Paul Newman
Captain Sneer the Buccaneer illustrated by Gabriel Evans and written by Penny Morrison
Something Wonderful illustrated by Karen Blair and written by Raewyn Caisley
Reflection: Remembering Those Who Serve in War illustrated by Robin Cowcher and written by Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg
One Photo illustrated by Liz Anelli and written by Ross Watkins
Circle written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker
Mechanica written and illustrated by Lance Balchin
Colours of Australia written and illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
Where is Bear? written and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
Don’t Call Me Bear written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey
The Fabulous Friend Machine written and illustrated by Nick Bland
A Patch from Scratch written and illustrated by Megan Forward
Home in the Rain written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Somewhere Else written and illustrated by Gus Gordon
On the River written and illustrated by Roland Harvey
Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs
Archie No Ordinary Sloth written and illustrated by Heath McKenzie
Melbourne-Word-by-Word written and illustrated by Michael McMahon
Snail and Turtle: Rainy Days written and illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Smeck written and illustrated by Ben Redlich
Milo: A Moving Story written and illustrated by Tohby Riddle
Gary written and illustrated by Leila Rudge
Stanley written and illustrated by Colin Thompson
Small Things written and illustrated by Mel Tregonning

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