Book seven of the shortlisted books is The Coat written by Julie Hunt and illustrated by Ron Brooks.
The Coat stands in a paddock at the end of a row of strawberries. It is buttoned up tight and stuffed full of straw and it is angry. “What a waste of me!” it yells. Then along comes a man. “I could do with a coat like that,” the man says. Together, swooping and swinging, they travel to the Cafe Delitzia, where the man finds he has magical talents courtesy of the coat, and together they give the performance of a lifetime.
The grade twos were captivated by this story. It promoted lots of valuable discussion on self confidence, change and transformation.