The Children’s Book Council of Australia is back this year with its annual Children’s Book Week slated on August 20 to 26.

Founded in 1945, this non-profit organization aims to promote quality literature to young Australians, support local writers and illustrators, and celebrate outstanding contributions to Australian children’s literature through the Book of the Year Award. Great stuff, right?

It gets more exciting, believe us. This theme, “One World Many Stories” brings together everyone in children’s literature to celebrate the best writing and design in the industry. Here’s a pdf list of shorlisted books.

Below are the books in the Early Childhood category.

The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies by Champion, Tom Niland & Niland, Kilmeny Ill. Deborah Niland


1. The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies

In a big, big city,
in a tiny, tiny apartment,
lived a tall, tall man
and twelve babies.
All the boys were called Alistair.
All the girls were called Charlene.
One day the door slams shut … with the Charlenes on one side and the Alistairs on the other. What will the tall man do?





The Deep End by Ursula Dubosarsky


2. The Deep End by Ursual Dubosarsky


Becky has reached the point in her swimming lessons when she has stopped being a Frog and has moved up to be a Platypus. She has to go into the deep end, and she’s not at all sure that she’s ready for it. She wishes she could be a Frog for just a little while longer.








Noni the Pony by Alison Lester3. Noni the Pony by Alison Lester

Noni the pony is friendly and funny.
Her shimmering tail is the colour of honey.
She lives on a farm at Waratah Bay,
and likes eating apples and carrots and hay.

Would you like to meet Noni? She loves to entertain the cows and play with with the hens and the ducks, and her best friends are Dave Dog and Coco the Cat.
Alison Lester’s books are favourites with children and adults around the world. Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm and Are we there yet? are Australian classics.



It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland


4. It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland


William, no more jumping,’ says Dad.

‘William, it’s bedtime NOW,’ says Mum.

But William has other ideas, and a very special friend to help make this his most memorable night ever!







Look See, Look at Me!


5. Look See, Look at Me! by Leonie Norrington

Look see, look at me.
I’m so much bigger now I’m three.
I can run, I can jump, I can skip, I can bump…
From the acclaimed author and illustrator team of You and Me: Our Place comes a delightful celebration of outback family life in an Aboriginal community. Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley visited three northern communities, Wugularr, Barunga and Manyalalluk, to workshop words and drawings for this book.
With its exuberant rhyming text and wonderful illustrations, Look See, Look at Me perfectly captures a child’s everyday life and will be wonderful for sharing with your toddler over and over again.





Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod


6. Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod

Maudie tests love to its limits, and Bear passes the test every time. Maudie’s world revolves around Maudie. Bear’s world also revolves around Maudie-he is as patient and solid as a rock. Maudie is so confident of Bear’s love that she makes demands, throws tantrums, lays down rules and lets Bear do all the work, knowing he will love her unconditionally. And he does … right to the end.

Splash Theatre, a professional touring company in South Australia have also selected stories and books relating to this theme and weaved them into an entertaining and stimulating performance that is highly physical and energetic, sure to please kids and adults alike. Now we’d like to see that!