Book Week 2016: Short List: Picture Book of the Year

This is the short-list for the books nominated in the CBCA Book Week 2016: Australia – Story Country…As always I have broken the posts down into their categories to help you find what you need starting with the Picture Book of the Year books.

Book of the Year: Picture Book of the Year

Title: Suri’s Wall
Illustrator: Matt Ottley / Author: Lucy Estela

ISBN:  9780670077755

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.’

Title: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Illustrator: Bruce Whatley / Author: Eric Bogle
ISBN:  9781743317051
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.


One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich. A tale of friendship, love, and overcoming disabilities.Title: One Step at a Time
Illustrator: Sally Heinrich
Author: Jane Jolly
ISBN:  9780987380951

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: Flight
Illustrator: Armin Greder / Author: Nadia Wheatley

ISBN:  9781922081483
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 Dead Bunny

Illustrator: James Foley / Author: Sigi Cohen

ISBN:  9781922179593
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.

Ride, Ricardo, Ride! A story by Phil Cummings and illustrated by Shane Devries (the same team who also brought us Boy). Click for the review of the book: Ride, Ricardo, Ride!
Illustrator: Shane Devries
Author: Phil Cummings
ISBN:  9781742990736

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.


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