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I NEED a Parrot Wins CBCA Picture Book of the Year

Congratulations to Chris McKimmie for winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year award with I NEED a Parrot!

This is a book about wanting and needing – what a child wants and what a wild bird needs – the message conveyed with warmth, subtlety and humour.

I NEED a Parrot is a strongly child-centred and focused book inspired and informed by Chris’s sensitive and open attitude to his children and grandchildren.


Check out his hilarious Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra – out this month.

You can take a look at the story on Lauren & Anthony Tube’s Story Surprise!

STORY SURPRISE: Holidays! Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra.

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One Response

  1. Katrina Grace Davies says:

    Hi there,
    I am a mobile Librarian who travels fortnightly to9 Victorian rural schools. My program involves reading and sharing gorgeous pictures stories and chapter stories for younger readers with our focus this term on the C.B.C.A short listed books.
    “I Need A Parrot,”by Chris McKimmie was warmly received in particular him not wanting a shark nor a whale. Lots of laughter and thorough enjoyment. We read this before the announcement of the final winner. I shared it with all 300 students (9 different schools)
    Thanks to Ford Publishing for this gorgeous story and congratulations to Chris McKimmie.
    Katrina Davies
    MARC Librarian
    Springhurst Primary School

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