Philip Bunting.

Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator, whose picture books deliberately encourage the reader to playfully poke around at the edges of their understanding.

Philip’s books have been published in over 35 countries around the world, in almost as many languages. Philip’s work has received many accolades, including multiple Honours from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, making the list for the Kate Greenaway Medal, representing Australia at the IBBY Awards, and taking home the inaugural State Library of NSW Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

Philip grew up in England’s Lake District, just down the road from Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s place. He followed his heart* to Australia in his early 20s, and now lives with his young family on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

*Some say Philip was sent to Australia on a convict ship, after being found guilty of crimes against the humanities in England. Citation needed.


Bibliography.

2017

Mopoke. (Scholastic Australia)
Sandcastle. (Allen & Unwin)
Excuse Me! (Scholastic Australia)
Koalas Eat Gum Leaves. (Scholastic Australia)

2018

How Did I Get Here? (Scholastic Australia)
Kookaburras Love to Laugh. (Scholastic Australia)
Another Book About Bears. (Scholastic Australia)
Errol! (Scholastic Australia)

2019

Liarbird. (Scholastic Australia)
Mum for Sale. (Scholastic Australia)
Bad Crab. (Scholastic Australia)

2020

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants. (Scholastic Australia)
Cats Say Nau. & Dogs Say Bau. (Hardie Grant)
Your Planet Needs You! (Hardie Grant)
Who Am I? (Scholastic Australia)
Not Cute. (Scholastic Australia)
Wild About Dads. (Hardie Grant)
Wombat. (Scholastic Australia)
Give Me Some Space! (Scholastic Australia)

2021

The Gentle Genius of Trees. (Scholastic Australia)
Wild About Mums. (Hardie Grant)
Me, Microbes & I. (Hardie Grant)
The World’s Most Pointless Animals.
(Quarto)
We Go Way Back. (Allen & Unwin)
Super⚡Power. (Hardie Grant)
Another Book About Santa. (Scholastic Australia)

2022

The Wild Guide to Starting School. (Scholastic Australia)
This is Not an Egg. (Scholastic Australia)
The Wild Life (A Berry Long Walk). (Scholastic Australia)
The World’s Most Ridiculous Animals. (Quarto)
The Marvellous Manner of Water. (Scholastic Australia)
The Very Hard Book (Allen & Unwin)
The Wild Life (A Line in the Sand). (Scholastic Australia)

2023

Matt Formston: Surfing in the Dark (Berbay)
Democracy! (Hardie Grant)
The Wild Life (A little bit lost) (Scholastic Australia)
Mopoke. (Board Book) (Scholastic Australia)
The World’s Most Atrocious Animals. (Quarto)
Wild About Babies. (Hardie Grant)
The Monster Game. (Scholastic Australia)
Koalas Eat Gum Leaves. (Board Book) (Scholastic Australia)

2024

Wild About Mums. (Board Book) (Hardie Grant)
Your Brilliant Brain.
(Hardie Grant)
How Babies Are Made.
(Scholastic Australia)
Wild About Dads. (Board Book)
(Hardie Grant)
I Wonder. (Walker Books)
TBA (TBA)


Published territories.

Philip’s work has been published in the following territories, and is available through all good bookstores in these countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Éire, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,  Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, and Vietnam.


Select awards.

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Picture Book of the Year (Honour Book) 2018, 2021 • Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Crichton Award for New Illustrators 2018 (finalist) • KOALA Awards 2019 (Honour Award) • Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 (longlisted) • White Raven Book 2018 • Australian Book Design Awards: Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book 2018 & 2020 (longlisted) • Australian Book Industry Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2018 (longlisted) • The Guardian UK’s Best Children’s Books 2017 (finalist) • Australian Book Design Awards: Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book 2020 (Highly Commended) • Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Picture Book of the Year (Shortlist) 2018, 2021 • Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2021 (Shortlist x2) • State Library of NSW Russell Prize for Humour Writing 2021 (Winner) • Australian Independent Bookseller Indie Book Awards 2022 (Longlist) • Kids Own Australian Literature Awards 2022 (Shortlist x2) • Australian Book Design Awards: Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book 2022 (Shortlist) • Australia’s representative for illustration at The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2022 • Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2022 (Shortlist) • Kirkus Best Book of the Year 2023 • Junior Library Guild (USA) Gold Standard Designation • Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Picture Book of the Year (Notable Books) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 (x4), 2022 (x3), 2023 (x2), 2024 (x2)


Acknowledgement of Country.

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work, and I pay respect to the Gubbi Gubbi nation. I pay respects to the Elders of the community and extend my recognition to their descendants.