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Article  •  2 February 2022

 

Must-have picture books of 2022

Brighten your bookshelves with these works of art.

These picture books are all created by Australian authors and illustrators and will be captivating each time they’re picked up.

Go Home, Cat by Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo

From the award-winning author of Come Down, Cat and Blue Flower, comes a new story about Nicholas and his rascal of a cat who just won’t do as it’s told. Out February.

 

 

That Cat by Jacqueline Harvey and Kate Isobel Scott

An utterly delightful rhyming book, purrrfect for the whole family. Created by Jacqueline Harvey –bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda, Kensy and Max and Clementine Rose series – and Jacqueline’s former student, Kate Isobel Scott. Read more about their story in this article: Teacher keeps promise to student after nearly three decades. Out March.

 

Alfie the Brave by Richard Harris and Simon Howe

Alfie just wants to be bold like other dogs. But bravery doesn’t come naturally to us all . . . and Alfie is scared of everything. Written by Dr. Richard ‘Harry’ Harris, a key member of the cave-diving team that rescued the Wild Boar soccer team in Thailand. Out April.

 

Sophia the Show Pony by Kate Waterhouse and Sally Spratt

Stunningly illustrated by creative influencer Sally Spratt, Kate Waterhouse’s first children’s book follows a show pony who loves fashion but also dreams of winning races. Can she find a way to be both fashionable and fast? Out April.

 

A Blue Kind of Day by Rachel Tomlinson and Tori-Jay Mordey

A heartfelt story about depression, sensory awareness and the power of listening, from an Australian psychologist and author of Teaching Kids to Be Kind. Coen is having a sniffling, sighing, sobbing kind of day. His family are all determined to cheer him up, but nothing helps. Soon they realise that Coen can show them what he needs. With poignant text and stunning illustrations, A Blue Kind of Day explores how depression might feel in the body and shows us how to support the people we love with patience, care and empathy. Out April.

 

Song of the White Ibis by Phillip Gwynne and Liz Anelli

A beautiful and powerful story to challenge the way we view one of our most infamous birds, and ourselves. Sick of being called a ‘bin chicken’, ‘tip turkey’ and ‘picnic pirate’, this white ibis is here to sing us a new song. Out June.

 

All the Words I Need to Know by Jane Godwin and Andrew Joyner

This super-fun first dictionary rhymes and is packed with bright illustrations. Out July.

 

The Tree at Number 43 by Jess McGeachin

The fantastic author-illustrator of Fly and Frankie and the Fossil is back with a book for all generations about the magic of wild places and the amazing things we can achieve when we all work together. The Tree at Number 43 inspired hope for the future of our environment without any sense of doom and gloom. Out September.


Go Home, Cat! Sonya Hartnett, Lucia Masciullo

A delightful story about the special bond between a boy and his cat, from the award-winning team, Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo, celebrating friendship, courage and the value of those we love.

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That Cat Jacqueline Harvey

An utterly delightful rhyming book, purrfect for the whole family.

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Alfie the Brave Richard Harris, Simon Howe

A delightful picture book about a dog called Alfie who longs to be bold and brave like other dogs. From Australian of the Year Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris, a key member of the cave-diving team that rescued the Wild Boar soccer team in Thailand.

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Sophia the Show Pony Kate Waterhouse, Sally Spratt

Kate Waterhouse’s first children’s book is a beautiful and timeless rhyming story about a pony who learns to believe in herself.

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A Blue Kind of Day Rachel Tomlinson, Tori-Jay Mordey

A moving picture book debut about depression, sensory awareness, and the power of listening, from Australian psychologist and author of Teaching Kids to be Kind.

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Song of the White Ibis Phillip Gwynne, Liz Anelli

A beautiful and powerful story for 5+ to challenge the way we view one of our most infamous birds, and ourselves.

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All the Words I Need to Know Jane Godwin, Andrew Joyner

A first dictionary for 3-5 - with fun and lilting rhyme from Jane Godwin, and vibrant, joyful illustrations by Andrew Joyner reminiscent of Richard Scarry at his best!

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