For this biennial list, 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
Over the years many Australian children’s authors and illustrators have been included in the Honour List:
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|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 Beattie 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: Gary 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)