Children’s Book Council of Australia – Early Childhood Book of the Year 2016

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.
In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.

This year, instead of starting with the Shortlist of books (six in each category), they have released the Notable list which means we have even more books to read, enjoy, love, and review. Because there are so many more books to share with you this year, we are going to be sharing the lists for each category in a separate blog post so keep an eye on our website to see all of the Notable Books. The categories 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.


As Big As You by Sara Acton
“Claude is a large elephant. Finlay is a small one. Claude can trumpet so loudly, the earth shakes! Finlay can only squeak and spurt ting fountains with his trunk. Will he ever be as big as Claude?”

I Need A Hug by Aaron Blabey
All this little porcupine wants is a hug. But with such prickly spikes, will she ever get the cuddle she craves?

Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey
He’s back! But this time Pig, the world’s greediest Pug, is telling great big lies. Won’t he ever learn?

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
Brian is a piranha. He is also a vegetarian. But do you think he can convince his family to join him?

The Very Noisy Bear by Nick Bland
The Very Cranky Bear and his friends are back! There’s music in the air in the Jingle Jangle Jungle! Can Bear’s friends help him find the perfect instrument to play?

I’m A Hungry Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, with illustrations by Ann James
Shake, stir, mix, bake . . . . This little dinosaur just loves cake! This is a new rhyming picture book about the little dinosaur from I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, who is now humgry for cake. Ann James has had fun painting with flour, cocoa, icing, and 100s and 1000s with adorable results that will inspire lots of rumbling tummies and cake making!

Small and Big by Karen Collum, with illustrations by Ben Wood
Inspired by Karen’s small son’s attention to detail, ‘Small and Big’ celebrates the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. Small and Big are the best of friends but they have very different personalities. Big is loud and confident and certain that it’s the big things in life that matter, while the more reserved Small finds beauty in the details. When Small finds himself hopelessly lost in the city, Small and Big both discover what really matters: each other. A beautiful story about being lost and being found again, ‘Small and Big’ is a little book with a big heart.

Puddles Are For Jumping by Kylie Dunstan
Trees are for climbin’ …Swings are for flying …And puddles are definitely for jumping! Two little girls skip, swing, jump, climb, hop, bounce, twirl, wriggle and laugh through their day in this delightful celebration of children’s play. Kylie Dunstan’s lively, vibrant collage illustrations perfectly capture the excitement and joy of children discovering the pleasures of their everyday world, with all its adventures and fun.

This & That by Mem Fox, with illustrations by Judy Horacek
This charming bedtime tale creates a wonderful, whimsical world that young children will love — it tells the story of a mother rat and her child and their adventures in the wide, wide world.

Meep by Andy Geppert (***not currently available but we’re working on it)

Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein, with illustrations by Judy Watson
When a sunny day at the beach turns stormy, a little girl runs for cover. Her daddy and brothers are wild in the wind and lightning, and her poppy is as loud as thunder. They fill the house with stamping and crashing while Granny plays piano to their riotous thunderstorm dancing…until the storm passes and they all fall down. Then, in the stillness, the girl is ready to play. What will she be, now that the rain has stopped and there’s a glimmer of sunlight?

What Do You Wish For? by Jane Godwin, with illustrations by Anna Walker
All the children in the street are writing down a special Christmas wish. But what is Ruby’s wish? What does she wish for at Christmas time? Ruby thinks of all the things that make Christmas special . . .

Hop Up! Wriggle Over! by Elizabeth Honey
With nine baby animals in the family, every minute of the day is wild romping fun!

My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester
Meet my dog Bigsy. He’s only small, but everyone knows he’s the boss. Each morning he visits the animals on the farm. Squawk, neigh, quack, moo, baa, oink, cluck, purr, ruff ruff ruff! What a lot of noise! And all because of Bigsy!

Too Busy Sleeping by Zanni Louise, with illustrations by Anna Pignataro
Eleanor longs to play with her baby brother, but newborn Reuben is always asleep. Will Eleanor wear out with waiting? Instantly loveable, this adorable tale with universal themes that will resonate with all families with siblings.

Frog Finds A Place by Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, with illustrations by Dub Leffler
Ever since moonlight shone down on him in his pond, Frog has wanted to live up with the Moon and the stars. He works hard to get there, but although he tries and tries, it’s a long way for a little frog…

Perfect by Danny Parker, with illustrations by Freya Blackwood (Also a notable in the Picture Book of the Year category)
On a perfect day, the hours stretch endlessly ahead.. Danny Parker’s evocative verse expresses the freedom of an idyllic childhood, and paintings by Freya Blackwood magically evoke the light, scents and feel of a perfect summer day.

Ollie and the Wind by Ghosh Ronojoy
Sometimes the best things appear out of thin air The wind blows all day on Ollie’s island. There aren’t many people around, but there’s lots of space to play. One day the wind steals Ollie’s hat. Then it darts away with his scarf. But is the wind just naughty, or is it trying to tell Ollie something?

This Is A Ball by Beck Stanton & Matt Stanton
For the Grown-Ups: You know how you’re right all the time? All. The. Time. Yes, well, it’s time to give the kids a turn. Which is why everything you read in this book is going to be wrong. But that’s okay, because the kids are going to correct you. And they’re going to love it!

Alfie’s Lost Sharkie by Anna Walker
It is bedtime, but Alfie cant find his toy Sharkie anywhere!

Bogtrotter by Margaret Wild, with illustrations by Judith Rossell
Every morning Bogtrotter runs across the bog, up the bog, down the bog and around the bog until its time to go home. Sometimes he wishes things would change, but he doesnt know how or what or why. Until one afternoon, when he picks a flower for the first time in his life..

The Cow Tripped Over The Moon by Tony Wilson, with illustrations by Laura Wood
Hey diddle diddle You all know the riddle a cow jumps over the moon. But the moon is very high in the sky. How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high-flying leap?

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