Philip Bunting.

Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator, with a soft spot for creating picture books for sleep-deprived, time-poor, raisin-encrusted parents (and their children).

Philip’s work deliberately encourages playful interaction between the reader and child, allowing his books to create a platform for genuine intergenerational engagement, and fun.

He believes that the more fun the child has during their early reading experiences, the more likely they will be to return to books, improve their emergent literacy skills, and later find joy in reading and learning.

Philip’s books have been translated into multiple languages, and published in over 25 countries around the world. Since his first book was published in 2017, Philip has received multiple accolades, including Honours from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and making the list for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2018.

Philip grew up in the English Lake District, and moved to Australia in his early 20s for a girl (although, some say he was found guilty of crimes against the humanities and sent to Australia on a convict ship). He now lives with his young family in the hills behind Noosa, Queensland.



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


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


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


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

*Includes work due to be published in 2020.

Published territories.

Philip’s work has been published in the following territories, and is available through all good bookstores in these countries: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canda, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Vietnam.

Select awards.

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Picture Book of the Year 2018 (Honour Book) • 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) • Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Picture Book of the Year (Notable Book) 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Acknowledgement of Country.

I would like to 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. Philip Bunting.


Mopoke by Philip Bunting | Book cover
Philip Bunting | Your Planet Needs You! | Book cover
How Did I Get Here? by Philip Bunting | Book cover
Liarbird | Laura Bunting + Philip Bunting
Kookaburras Love to Laugh by Laura Bunting & Philip Bunting | Book cover
Koalas Eat Gum Leaves by Laura Bunting & Philip Bunting | Book cover
Another Book About Bears by Laura Bunting & Philip Bunting | Book cover
Sandcastle by Philip Bunting | Book cover