CBCA announced this morning the Notables List 2016 (also known as the Long-List) for Book Week. I will detail the books in their nominated categories into separate posts to make it easy to find the relevant grade levels. This is a list of books, brief details, and summary.
Please note: Most of these summaries are from the publisher websites as I am yet to read any of them myself and will need to start tracking a copy down. Stayed tuned for the book reviews to come over the next several months for a better look at the books.
Book of the Year: Picture Book
Title: The Eagle Inside
Illustrator: Bronwyn Bancroft / Author: Jack Manning-Bancroft
Summary: Jimmy is the smallest bird at school. Surrounded by big, tough birds, he
feels different in every way and is certain he will never fit in.
But when Eagle reminds him that being small isn’t necessarily a
weakness, Jimmy discovers that being different can also be a strength.
Title: Eye to Eye
Author/Illustrator: Graeme Base
Summary: Imagine you could soar high in the sky with an eagle or dive into the deep with a majestic blue whale. Come
eye to eye with some of nature’s most impressive creatures as Graeme
Base takes you on a richly illustrated journey of imagination and
Illustrator: Freya Blackwood / Author: Danny Parker
Summary: This is the story of kids who spend the days scribbling with chalk, running
with kites, digging for shells, paddling, climbing, dreaming.
Title: In the Evening
Illustrator: Gaye Chapman / Author: Edwina Wyatt
Summary: A charming story about finding friendship and learning to accept others.
Summary: Ricardo loved to ride his bike through the village. He also dearly loved his father and the times they shared together. With his bike, Ricardo would ride under endless skies, quiet and clear.
He rode every day … but then the shadows came. The shadows came and Ricardo’s world is turned upside down.
Title: My Dead Bunny
Illustrator: James Foley / Author: Sigi Cohen
Summary: “My dead bunny’s name is Brad; his odour is extremely bad. He visits me when I’m in bed, but Bradley wasn’t always dead …” A rhyming book.
Title: How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
Illustrator/Author: Bob Graham
Summary: An enchanting story about the sun, and how it makes its journey from the far side of the world to the home of one small girl. The sun rises up behind a snowy peak and casts its mellow dawn light for the wandering polar bears. It skims across the icy water, touching a fisherman’s hat and catching for a moment in the eye of a whale. It beams through the trees of frozen forests and makes shadows in a little girl’s footsteps before gliding over cities, darting down lanes and waiting patiently for an old lady to open her window. The sun races through the countryside, greeting snow cats and bears. High over a desert it meets the rain in a
halo of colours… The sun leaps whole countries, chasing the night, before bursting at last in a fanfare of warm golden light through Coco’s window!
Illustrator: Armin Greder / Author: Nadia Wheatley
Summary: Tonight is the night. The family has to flee. They’ve been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood. Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times. Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp where they can wait in safety for asylum in another country.
Title: My Gallipoli
Illustrator: Robert Hannaford / Text: Ruth Starke
Summary: From the shores of Anzac Cove to the heights of Chunuk Bair, from Cape Helles to Gurkha Bluff, the Gallipoli Peninsula was the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died
during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss.
Summary: This book tells a touching story about the relationship between a young boy, Luk, and his elephant, Mali. On the border of Thailand and Burma, Mali steps on a landmine. Luk supports her during her recovery. Mali is eventually fitted with a prosthesis and gets a second chance at life.
Title: Adelaide’s Secret World
Illustrator/Author: Elise Hurst
Summary: Set in a mysterious city inhabited by a rich cast of characters, this
enchanting and superbly illustrated story celebrates creativity and
friendship. Adelaide leads a quiet life in the midst of the city. At night she
listens to the song of the stars, but during the day she watches over
the others like her: the still ones, the quiet ones, those who dance and
Little does Adelaide know that her secret world will soon be transformed into something unexpected and full of joy.
Illustrator: Mark Jackson / Author: Sue Whiting
Summary: Platypus leaves his burrow in the riverbank and dives into the cool
green pool. It is dusk and he is hungry. Platypus is always busy, always
moving, looking for his next meal. Follow platypus as he plays, swims,
dives and scurries around his riverbank home.
Title: Why I Love Footy
Illustrator: Tom Jellett / Author: Michael Wagner
Summary: There are a bazillion reasons to love footy! These are just my biggest ones…There’s the big tackles and amazing marks. There’s wearing the scarf and
singing the song. But whether your team wins or loses, from the opening
bounce to the final siren, the very best thing about footy is that we
do it together.
Title: What’s Up MuMu
Illustrator/Author: David Mackintosh
MuMu is not having a good day. Nothing can put things right. And
that’s that. Her best friend Lox knows her better than anyone, but does
he have enough tricks up his sleeve to put things right?
Title: Lara of Newtown
Illustrator/Author: Chris McKimmie
Summary: Nana Banana called me Misty, until she couldn’t look after me anymore.
Noni Nice of Pymble called me Nigella, but I was only Nigella for a day.
When the Kafoops family found me on the streets of Newtown they called
me Lara. I knew I had found my home at last.
Title: Bob the Railway Dog
Illustrator: Andrew McLean / Author: Corinne Fenton
Summary: In the early days of the railway, when shiny new tracks were opening
vast areas of Australia, there was an adventurous dog who was part of it
all. As the tracks were being laid he was there on the train – riding
in his favourite spot on top of the Yankee engine. Everyone knew him. He
was Bob the Railway Dog.
Title: Suri’s Wall
Illustrator: Matt Ottley / Author: Lucy Estela
Summary: Eva squeezed Suri’s hand. ‘What’s there? What can you see?’ ‘What can I see?’ Suri looked out over the wall. ‘Oh, it’s beautiful, let me tell you all about it.’
Illustrator: Matt Ottley / Author: Rebecca Young
Summary: Once there was a boy who had to leave home … and find another. In his
bag he carried a book, a bottle and a blanket. In his teacup he held
some earth from where he used to play. This is one boys story of leaving
his homeland, surviving a long journey by sea … and finding a safe,
new place to call home.
Title: Numerical Street
Illustrator: Antonia Pesenti / Author: Hilary Bell
Summary: Every page has a numerical treat. Get your pants altered, get your keys
cut, open the book before the shops shut. From the creators of
bestselling Alphabetical Sydney comes a walk up busy Numerical Street, past its laundromats, cake shops, panel beaters and hair salons
Title: Where’s Jessie?
Illustrator: Anne Spudvilas / Author: Janeen Brian
Summary: Bertie Bear was going on a long journey. He didn’t realise it would be
on a camel! And he never imagined he would be having adventures on his
own, far away from Jessie. Bertie sets off with his family to head out
into the Outback. He is packed into a box to travel with the cameleers
as he won’t fit on the horse-drawn cart with the family (and young
Jessie, his owner). But Bertie doesn’t understand where his family has
Title: Mr Huff
Illustrator/Author: Anna Walker
Summary: Bill is having a bad day.
Mr Huff is following him around and making everything seem difficult.
Bill tries to get rid of him, but Mr Huff just gets bigger and bigger! Then they both stop, and a surprising thing happens . . .
Title: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley / Author: Eric Bogle
Summary: But the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’ when we stopped to bury
our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started
all over again. Eric Bogle’s famous and familiar Australian
song about the Battle of Gallipoli explores the futility of war with
haunting power. Now Bruce Whatley’s evocative illustrations bring a
heart-rending sense of reality to the tale.