Here is the round-up of books that appear on the Book Week 2017 Short List for the Book of the Year Early Childhood category.Please note: quite a few of these books are new to me so I have taken the summaries from other sources until I can get hold of the books.
Go Home, Cheeky Animals!
Author: Johanna Bell
Illustrator: Dion Beasley
At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action.
All I Want For Christmas is Rain
Author: Cori Brooke
Illustrator: Megan Forward
An Australian Christmas is threatened when drought takes hold. A little girl has only one wish - for rain. Will her wish come true?
Author: Susannah Chambers
Illustrator: Mark Jackson
Snow on the stockman's hut Snow on the crows Snow on the woollybutt Snow on my NOSE! It's a big journey through the snow for a little wombat, meeting animals, birds and people along the way...but there's no place like home!
Author & Illustrator: Kylie Dunstan
Nannie lives on a farm with rolling hills, a muddy creek, and lots of animals. But what Nannie loves most is when her family comes to stay.
Author & Illustrator: Kylie Howarth
Chip, like most other gulls, is wild about chips. He likes fat chips, skinny chips, sandy or crunchy or soggy chips. But, most of all, he loves Joe's chips from Joe's Chip Van beside the sea. Chip, like most other gulls, can be a little intrusive on his search for chips. So, one day, Joe erects a sign near his van warning people not to feed the seagulls. Chip is devastated, so he plans a way to get back into Joe's good books, thus gaining access once more to his favourite food. Playful repetition of text will engage the reader. Subtle message of 'do not feed wildlife human food' is reinforced in the text.
Author & Illustrator: Leila Rudge
Gary the pigeon can't fly. When his racing pigeon friends head off in their travel basket, Gary stays at home. He organises his scrapbook of travel mementos and dreams about the adventures the other pigeons are having. But when Gary accidentally ends up a very long way from home, he discovers that flying is not the only way to have adventures.