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Children's Book of the Year Award: Picture Book
Presented by Children's Book Council of Australia
Country Australia
First awarded 1955

The Children's Book of the Year Award: Picture Book has been presented occasionally since 1955 by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA).

The Award "will be made to 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."

Award winners

Year Author Illustrator Book Publisher
1956 Peggy Barnard Sheila Hawkins Wish and the Magic Nut John Sands
1957 No award
1958 Axel Poignant photographs Piccaninny Walkabout Angus & Robertson
1959 No award
1960 No award
1961 No award
1962 No award
1963 No award
1964 No award
1965 Elisabeth MacIntyre Hugh's Zoo Constable Young Books
1966 No award
1968 No award
1969 Ivan Southall Ted Greenwood Sly Old Wardrobe Cheshire
1970 No award
1971 A. B. Paterson Desmond Digby Waltzing Matilda Collins
1974 Jenny Wagner Ron Brooks The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek Longman Young
1975 A. B. Paterson Quentin Hole The Man from Ironbark Collins
1976 Dick Roughsey Dick Roughsey The Rainbow Serpent Collins
1978 Jenny Wagner Ron Brooks John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat Viking Kestrel
1979 Percy Trezise Dick Roughsey The Quinkins Collins
1980 Peter Pavey One Dragon's Dream Nelson Australia
1982 Christobel Mattingley Patricia Mullins Rummage Angus & Robertson
1983 Pamela Allen Pamela Allen Who Sank the Boat? Nelson Australia
1984 Pamela Allen Pamela Allen Bertie and the Bear Nelson Australia
1986 Terry Denton Terry Denton Felix & Alexander Oxford University Press
1987 Helen Smith, text based on a story by Kenji Miyazawa Junko Morimoto Kojuro and the Bears Collins
1988 Bob Graham Bob Graham Crusher is Coming! Lothian
1989 Graeme Base (joint winner) Graeme Base The Eleventh Hour Viking Books
1989 Allan Baillie (joint winner) Jane Tanner Drac and the Gremlin Viking Books
1990 Margaret Wild Julie Vivas The Very Best of Friends Margaret Hamilton
1991 Bob Graham Bob Graham Greetings from Sandy Beach Lothian
1992 Jeannie Baker Window Julia MacRae
1993 Bob Graham Bob Graham Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Penguin Books
1994 Gary Crew Peter Gouldthorpe First Light Lothian
1995 Gary Crew Stephen Woolman The Watertower Keystone, Era
1996 Narelle Oliver The Hunt Lothian
1997 Elizabeth Honey Not a Nibble! Little Ark
1998 Junko Morimoto, translated by Isao Morimoto Junko Morimoto The Two Bullies Random House
1999 John Marsden Shaun Tan The Rabbits Lothian
2000 Margaret Wild Anne Spudvilas Jenny Angel Viking Books
2001 Margaret Wild Ron Brooks Fox Allen and Unwin
2002 Libby Gleeson Armin Greder An Ordinary Day Scholastic Press
2003 Norman Jorgensen Brian Harrison-Lever In Flanders Fields Fremantle Arts Centre Press
2004 Joan Grant Neil Curtis Cat and Fish Lothian
2005 Alison Lester Alison Lester Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia Viking Books
2006 Colin Thompson The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley Lothian
2007 Shaun Tan Shaun Tan The Arrival Lothian
2008 Matt Ottley Requiem for a Beast Lothian
2009 Kylie Dunstan Collecting Colour Lothian
2010 Gregory Rogers The Hero of Little Street Allen & Unwin
2011 Jeannie Baker Mirror Walker Books
2011 Nicki Greenberg Hamlet Allen & Unwin
2012 Bob Graham Bob Graham A Bus Called Heaven Walker Books
2013 Julie Hunt Ron Brooks The Coat Allen & Unwin
2014 Shaun Tan Shaun Tan Rules of Summer Hachette Australia
2015 Irena Kobald Freya Blackwood My Two Blankets Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
2016 Nadia Wheatley Armin Greder Flight Windy Hollow Books
2017 Bob Graham Bob Graham Home in the Rain Walker Books
2018 Gwyn Perkins Gwyn Perkins A Walk in the Bush Affirm Press
2019 Shaun Tan Shaun Tan Cicada Lothian
2020 Chris McKimmie Chris McKimmie I Need a Parrot Ford Street
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