For this biennial Honour List, published in connection with the IBBY Congress, National Sections of IBBY are invited to nominate outstanding recent books that are characteristic of their country and recommended for publication in different languages. One book can be nominated for each of the three categories: writing, illustration and translation. In 2016, for the first time IBBY Australia nominated a translator—John Nieuwenhuizen for Nine Open Arms.
The books selected for the Honour List must have been first published no earlier than three years before their nomination.
IBBY Australia does not call for titles to be submitted by publishers. A panel of three experienced judges reads widely, consults recent publications, reviews and awards lists, and, after further reading and discussion, makes the decisions.
Following is the Australian Honour List:
|1962||Writer: Nan Chauncy – Tangara|
|1970||Writer: Patricia Wrightson – I Own the Racecourse|
|1972||Writer: Colin Thiele – Blue Fin|
|1974||Writer: Ivan Southall – Josh.
Illustrator: Ted Greenwood – Joseph and Lulu and the Prindiville House Pigeons.
|1976||Writer: Patricia Wrightson – The Nargun and the Stars.
Illustrator: Kilmeny & Deborah Niland – Mulga Bill’s Bicycle
|1978||Writer: Eleanor Spence – The October Child
Illustrator: Robert Ingpen – The Runaway Punt
|1980||Writer: Lilith Norman – A Dream of Seas.
Illustrator: Percy Trezise and Dick Roughsey – The Quinkins
|1982||Writer: Ruth Park – Playing Beatie Bow
Illustrator: Heather Philpott – The Rainforest Children
|1984||Writer: Joan Phipson – The Watcher in the Garden
Illustrator: Pamela Allen – Who Sank the Boat
|1986||Writer: Nadia Wheatley – Dancing in the Anzac Deli.
Illustrator: Julie Vivas – Possum Magic text by Mem Fox.
|1988||Writer: Alan Baillie – Riverman
Illustrator: Bob Graham – First there was Frances
|1990||Writer: Nadia Wheatley – My Place
Illustrator: Jeannie Baker – Where the Forest meets the Sea
|1992||Writer: Libby Gleeson – Dodger
Illustrator: Rodney McRae – Aesop’s Fables
|1994||Writer: Garry Disher – Bamboo Flute
Illustrator: Patricia Torres – Do Not Go Around the Edges text by Daisy Utemorrah
|1996||Writer: Emily Rodda – Rowan of Rin.
Illustrator: Peter Gouldthorpe – First Light, text by Gary Crew
|1998||Writer: Peter Carey – The Big Bazoohley.
Illustrator: John Winch – The Old Woman Who Loved to Read
|2000||Writer: Margaret Wild – First Day.
Illustrator: Graeme Base – The Worst Band in the Universe
|2002||Writer: David Metzenthen – Stony Heart Country
Illustrator: Ron Brooks – Fox, text by Margaret Wild
|2004||Writer: Simon French – Where in the World?
Illustrator: Andrew McLean – A Year on Our Farm, text by Penny Matthews
|2006||Writer: Sonya Hartnett – The Silver Donkey.
Illustrator: Jan Ormerod – Lizzie Nonsense
|2010||Writer: Sonya Hartnett – The Ghost’s Child.
Illustrator: Shaun Tan – The Arrival
|2012||Illustrator: Gregory Rogers – Hero of Little Street
Writer: Glenda Millard – A small free kiss in the dark
|2014||Illustrator: Patricia Mullins – Lightning Jack, text by Glenda Millard
Writer: Ursula Dubosarsky – The Golden Day
|2016||Illustrator: Freya Blackwood – Banjo and Ruby Red text by Libby Gleeson
Writer: Felicity Castagna – The Incredible Here and Now
Translator: John Nieuwenhuizen – Nine Open Arms (author Benny Lindelauf)
|2018||Illustrator: Matt Ottley – Teacup text by Rebecca Young
Writer: Zana Fraillon – The Bone Sparrow