When the Waterhole Dries Up – Shortlisted CBCA 2022

When the Waterhole Dries Up – Shortlisted CBCA 2022

Set in the Australian outback, a dusty boy fills his long awaited-for bath only to find that the local animals are waiting as well. A rollicking tale about togetherness, bath time and fun!



Early Childhood Category
CBCA Book of The Year Awards 2022


Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2021


The Victorian Government provides Prep Bags to every new prep student at a government primary school. Our book is one of five specially chosen books that will be included in 65,000 Prep Bags along with other goodies. It is also available in braille.


Western Australian Literacy program 'Better Beginnings' has created 25,000 Beginnings Toddler Packs with our book as the feature.


‘Highly Recommended. Great Read Aloud. Sure to become a firm favourite!’

Shelley Stephens

- Reading Time, CBCA. July 2021.

‘Sure to have kids chuckling along as the story builds to a splash-filled crescendo that speaks of friendship and fun.’

Ken Williams

- Reading With a Chance of Tacos, 2021.

‘Boisterous fun, chaotic bush animals and waterplay feature in this cumulative tale about a very dusty boy who needs a bath. Young readers will fully engage with this form of nursery rhyme which encourages participation.’

Excerpt – judges’ comments

- The CBCA 2022 Book Awards. March 2022.

Book Details

Illustrator Max Hamilton
Publisher Windy Hollow Books
ISBN 9781922081971
Page 32 pages
Reading Age 3+ years

Paperback ISBN 9780645518733