Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year Notable List 2021

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 CBCA Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 23 February they announced their notable lists. On 30 March the Shortlist will be announced and on Friday 20 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.

Sometimes Cake illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie, and written by Edwina Wyatt
The Biscuit Maker illustrated by Liz Anelli, and written by Sue Lawson
I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me illustrated by Evie Barrow, and written by Maggie Hutchings
The Unwilling Twin written and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Wolfred written and illustrated by Nick Bland
Give Me Some Space written and illustrated by Philip Bunting
Not Cute. written and illustrated by Philip Bunting
Who Am I? written and illustrated by Philip Bunting
Wombat written and illustrated by Philip Bunting
Littlelight written and illustrated by Kelly Canby
Norton and the Bear written and illustrated by Gabriel Evans
Ellie’s Dragon written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Diamonds written and illustrated by Armin Greder
Sing Me the Summer illustrated by Alison Lester, and written by Jane Godwin
Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra written and illustrated by Chris McKimmie
Jelly-Boy illustrated by Christopher Nielsen, and written by Nicole Godwin
How to Make a Bird illustrated by Matt Ottley, and written by Meg McKinlay
Your Birthday Was the Best! illustrated by Felicita Sala, and written by Maggie Hutchings
The Fire Wombat illustrated by Danny Snell, and written by Jackie French
Anisa’s Alphabet illustrated by Hannah Sommerville, and written by Mike Dumbleton
My Shadow is Pink written and illustrated by Scott Stuart
Girl from the Sea illustrated by Jane Tanner, and written by Margaret Wild
Hello Jimmy! written and illustrated by Anna Walker
Good Question: A Tale Told Backwards illustrated by Annie White, and written by Sue Whiting
Who’s Your Real Mum? illustrated by Anna Zobel, and written by Bernadette Green

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