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2021 winner y separately published work icon Bindi Kirli Saunders , Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 19598297 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

'A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

'Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 winner y separately published work icon Love Your Body Jessica Sanders , Carol Rossetti (illustrator), Melbourne : Bonniers , 2019 18744001 2019 single work picture book children's

'My body is strong.
My body can do amazing things.
My body is my own.

'Freedom is loving your body with all its "imperfections" and being the perfectly imperfect you! Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Whisper Lynette Noni , Neutral Bay : Pantera Press , 2018 12364747 2018 single work novel young adult science fiction

'For two and a half years, Subject 684 --- "Jane Doe" --- has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn't uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane chooses to remain silent rather than risk losing control over the power within her. She alone knows what havoc her words can cause. Then the authorities put her in the care of the mysterious Landon Ward, and Jane is surprised when he treats her like a person rather than a prisoner. Ward's protective nature causes her resolve to crack in spite of her best efforts to resist. Just as Jane begins to trust him, though, a freak accident reveals the dangerous power she has concealed for years. It also reveals that the government has been keeping secrets of its own. Now Jane's ability is at the heart of a sinister plot for vengeance, and she has to decide whom she will trust ... and whom she will help.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon It's Okay to Feel the Way You Do Otherwise You Wouldn't Be You Josh Langley , Josh Langley (illustrator), Newport : Big Sky Publishing , 2017 12242518 2017 single work picture book children's

'Everyone has feelings ... sometimes we just don’t know what to do with them!

'Happy, sad, lonely, angry, anxious, proud, scared – they’re all feelings and emotions and they’re all OK! Yes – every single one of them!

'In this bright and heartening book, Josh Langley helps kids get to know and make friends with their feelings.

'Bursting with simple and effective ways that kids can notice and handle difficult emotions like anger, anxiety, and loss and also rejoice in the positive feelings such as joy, empathy and happiness, this is a little book with a big message.

'It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do empowers kids to understand and share their feelings so they can enjoy life a whole lot more.'  (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon My Sister Is a Superhero Damon Young , Peter Carnavas (illustrator), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2016 8936906 2016 single work picture book children's

'Some sisters glide on scooters

next to lanes of tooting cars.

But my sister is a superhero …

she races rockets around stars.

'All sisters are different. But what if your sister was really different? What if your sister was a superhero?

'A spectacular picture book celebrating sisters everywhere.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble , 2015 7607784 2015 single work picture book children's

'The night before the Underwater Fancy Dress Parade, Alfie got that feeling...

Sometimes it's hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Alfie isn't sure he can go to the parade, but his mum knows there's at least one special place for Alfie - a beautiful shimmery, underwater world that tells Alfie it's okay to feel shy. Because sometimes you're just not ready...until, one day, you are.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Tea and Sugar Christmas Jane Jolly , Robert Ingpen (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2014 7209974 2014 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units)

'The Tea and Sugar train only came once a week on a Thursday. But the special Christmas train only came once a year. Today was Sunday. Four more days without sugar. Four more days until the Christmas train. Please, please be on time. Please don't be late. Join Kathleen in the outback as she eagerly awaits the Christmas Tea and Sugar train. Will she meet Father Christmas? Will she receive a Christmas gift from him? A delightful, heart-warming story from the National Library of Australia that will intrigue, captivate and introduce readers to a slice of the past.Wonderful sensitive illustrations, including a beautiful double fold-out image showing the shops inside all the carriages. For 81 years, from 1915 to 1996, the Tea and Sugar Train travelled from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie once a week. It serviced the settlements along the Nullarbor Plain, a 1050-long rail link. It was a lifeline. There were no shops or services in these settlements. The train carried everything they needed: household goods, groceries, fruit and vegetables, a butcher's van, banking facilities and at one time even a theatrette car for showing films.The biggest excitement for the children was the first Thursday of December every year, when Father Christmas travelled the line. He distributed gifts to all the children on the way, including those of railway workers, those in isolated communities, and station kids.' (Publication summary)