BOY shortlisted

Phil’s book BOY, illustrated by Shane Devries and published by Scholastic Press, has been shortlisted in the Early Childhood category for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

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Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards 2018

Phil has had three books recognised in the CBCA Notable Books list for 2018!



Feathers, illustrated by Phil Lesnie and published by Scholastic Press was listed in the Picture Book of the Year category.





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BOY, illustrated by Shane Devries and published by Scholastic press was listed in the Early Childhood category.





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Wilbur, Grace and Joe , illustrated by Amanda Graham, published by Little Book Press was also listed in the Early Childhood category.

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One Drop of Rain

A new musical for schools, choirs or classrooms to perform.

Available online or in a limited edition signed hardcopy book-pack for resource centres, libraries and performing arts coordinators.

Including script, lyrics, sheet music, suggested study units for the classroom and a CD with performance tracks, sound effects, backing tracks and full recordings for learning.

Simply read the script, learn the lyrics, put on the CD and perform!

You can listen to some sample songs at https://songlibrary.net/One-Drop-Of-Rain/


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Wilbur, Grace and Joe

Phil’s latest release, Wilbur,Grace and Joe, has been beautifully illustrated by Amanda Graham  and published by The Little Book Press, the publishing arm of Raising Literacy Australia, a not for profit organisation that promotes literacy, books and reading through The Little Big Book Club.

‘Phil Cummings and Amanda Graham have once again joined forces to create an Australian classic – one very endearing dog and two playful children making childhood memories.’

Wilbur Grace and Joe

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2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award

Phil’s picture BOY , illustrated by Shane Devries and published by Scholastic Press, has been announced as the winner  of the 2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award.
Dr Winefield, the convenor of the judging panel, said that through the biennial award, Psychologists for Peace aims to recognise authors who promote peaceful resolution of conflict in their books, and to encourage and publicise these books so that children have peaceful models on which to base their own behaviour.
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NEW RELEASE “Feathers” out now!


Phil’s new book, Feathers, illustrated beautifully by Phil Lesnie, has just been released by Scholastic Press.

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Look Out, Pink Piglet!

NEW RELEASE: Phil’s latest release is Look Out, Pink Piglet! illustrated by Sarah Davis and published by Hachette it is the sequel to the very popular Be Brave, Pink Piglet!
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BOY, Out Now!

Phil’s latest release, BOY illustrated by Shane Devries and published by Scholastic Press is Out Now!
A tender tale of power and perception…
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A Song for Book Week

Arranger/composer Glyn Lehmann has collaborated with Phil to create a song about Phil’s love of libraries, reading and books.
A perfect song for Book Week, complete with sheet music and lyrics – click HERE to check it out.


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Phil’s Latest Release! – A MUSICAL for schools to perform is co-written by arranger/composer Glyn Lehmann and is OUT NOW!

A Stunning New Musical for Australian Schools! Available Now at: www.songlibrary.net/Arlie-Abbstock


Award winning author Phil Cummings and renowned composer/songwriter Glyn Lehmann launch their new musical Arlie Abbstock and the Incredible Cape.

Watch the trailer here!

Written for performers aged 5-12 years, this work is full of songs, drama, comedy, action and even a rap. This work celebrates difference and explores themes of resilience, perseverance, resourcefulness, artistic endeavour, empathy, acceptance and recycling!

The story revolves around Arlie Abbstock who lives in a small medieval village. The other children like to play with swords and battle axes but Arlie likes to stitch and weave and sew. When the king is captured by a dragon, and the bumbling knights fail to rescue him… Arlie has a plan of his own.

The Performance Pack contains everything you need to rehearse and perform this exciting new musical – whether you read music or not.

  • script
  • piano/vocal score
  • performance and learning tracks
  • sound effects and incidental music
  • easy parts for recorder and ukulele
  • suggestions for staging, costumes and extended learning in the classroom.


Special Edition

To celebrate this creative collaboration between Phil and Glyn, there are a strictly limited number of printed, first edition Book and CD packs personally signed by the creators.

To order online OR pre-order the limited edition book and CD including all of the above and signed  by both creators visit:


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