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 30 countries around the world. Since his first book was published in 2017, Philip has received many accolades, including multiple Honours from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and making the list for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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 on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.



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)
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)


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


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)

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, Czech Republic, Éire, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, 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 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) • 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 (Notable Books) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 (x4), 2022 (x3) • 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) • Australia’s representative for illustration at The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2022

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.


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