2021 Australian Book Design Awards longlists

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been longlisted for the 2021 Australian Book Design Awards!

Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
The Morbids (Ewa Ramsey), designed by Laura Thomas

Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover
Honeybee (Craig Silvey), designed by Lisa White
The Octopus and I (Erin Hortle), designed by Alissa Dinallo

Best Designed Children’s Book
A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner), designed by Hannah Janzen
Across the Risen Sea (Bren MacDibble), designed by Joanna Hunt
The January Stars (Kate Constable), designed by Debra Billson

Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book
The Astronaut’s Cat (Tohby Riddle), designed by Tohby Riddle

Best Designed Childen’s/Young Adult Series
Tiger and Friends (Alex Rance, illustrated by Shane McGee), designed by Sandra Nobes

Best Designed Cookbook
In Praise of Veg (Alice Zaslavsky, Murdoch Books), designed by Trisha Garner and Jacqui Porter, Northwood Green

Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book Under $50
The Panic Button Book (Tammi Kirkness, Murdoch Books), designed by Trisha Garner

Emerging Designer of the Year
Mika Tabata (Her Perilous Mansion, Tiger & Cat, Son of the Brush, The Wisdom of Tea)

The shortlists will be announced in early April.

The rest of the longlists and more information can be found here.


by Craig Silvey

The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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The Morbids

by Ewa Ramsey

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting--a story about the power of a little kindness.

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A Clue for Clara

by Lian Tanner

Can a scruffy chicken crack a crime? Perhaps, if she's a genius like Clara. An egg-cellent novel about a small chook and a big crime by the highly-acclaimed author of Ella and the Ocean.

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Across the Risen Sea

by Bren MacDibble

Across the Risen Sea is an action-packed, compelling and heartfelt middle-fiction adventure, set in a post-climate change landscape, from the multi-award winning author of How to Bee.

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The Octopus and I

by Erin Hortle

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

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The Astronaut's Cat

by Tohby Riddle

A delightful story that celebrates the wonders of the Moon, the curiosity of cats and the precious beauty of Earth.

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The January Stars

by Kate Constable

This thoroughly enjoyable novel about two sisters determined to help their grandfather will delight middle fiction readers of all ages. From the author of the bestselling and much-loved novels Crow Country & Cicada Summer.

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Tiger's Roar

by Alex Rance, illustrated by Shane McG

An inspiring and hilarious picture book about a Tiger who wants to be his best. A celebration of self-belief, perseverance and teamwork by 2017 AFL Premiership player, Alex Rance, and talented children's book illustrator, Shane McG.

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