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Congratulations!!

Leigh Hobbs has just been named Australian Children’s Laureate. he is the fantastic author and illustrator of many books including favourites such as Old Tom, Mr Chicken, and Mr Badger.

I’m Back

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Hi again book fans,
I have been hugely busy working on a special project but now that deadline has been met I can get back into things and I have some wonderful books to share with you all.
So let’s get back into it with some new titles and some old favourites.

Jackie French – Australian Children’s Laureate

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Every two years a new Children’s Laureate is announced and for the next two years we have the wonderful Jackie French filling that role.

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Jackie may be known best for her Diary of a Wombat books, but her back catalogue is one of great variety coving many ages and many genres. She has some wonderful historical books for middle grade readers.

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Other picture books,

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And a fun series about Phreddie the Fairy who is much more my sort of fairy than the usual ones we get to read about.

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She also has some wonderful YA titles.

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“This is a chance to give back,” she said of the high-profile appointment. “When I was a very, very scared teenager my wonderful teacher gave me books and also offered me a bed to sleep in. And if it hadn’t been for her, and her courage, I would not be a writer and I might not even be here today.

“In a little way over the next two years I want to give back what I have been given…Every child in Australia needs a book to go to bed with, and a bed to read that book in,” she said. “Every child in Australia can learn to read and for kids like me who are dyslexic, with spelling that you might call ‘original’, and whose work always looks like a wombat has sat on it, never feel that you are dumb, never feel that you have failed.”

This can only be a good thing for children’s literature.

TFIOS – Movie News

So with talk surrounding another well looked forward to YA fave being not so hot, it kind of fills me with trepidation about the fact they are bringing this awesome book to the screen. I really, really hope they don’t stuff it. But on the bright side – look at this

TFIOSScriptSo I will be excited about this in hope. And if it sucks, you’ll probably hear me screaming.

 

2012 Aurealis Award Winners

They were announced on the 18th of May at a ceremony hosted by author Scott Westerfeld.

A huge congrats to all nominees and winners. Here are the ones most relevant to us here.

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH WORDS)

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Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH PICTURES)

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Little Elephants by Graeme Base (Viking Penguin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY

The Wisdom of the Ants by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)

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BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
(Joint winners)

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Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)

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Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

CBCA – Shortlist 2013

It is that time of year again, the CBCA Shortlist has been announced and as always there are some truly brilliant works on this list. We all have our favourites and a huge congrats must go out to everyone who made this list.

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Older Readers

The Ink Bridge: Neil Grant – Allen & Unwin

Sea Hearts: Margo Lanagan – Allen & Unwin

The Shiny Guys: Doug MacLeod – Penguin Group

Creepy & Maud: Dianne Touchell – Fremantle Press

Friday Brown: Vikki Wakefield – Text Publishing

The Wrong Boy: Suzy Zali – Black Dog Books, Walker Books Australia

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Younger Readers

Pennies for Hitler: Jackie French – Angus & Robertson, HarperCollins

Other Brother: Simon French – Walker Books Australia

After: Morris Gleitzman – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Children Of The King: Sonya Hartnett – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Pookie Aleera is Not my Boyfriend: Steven Herrick – University of Queensland Press

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk: Glenda Millard/Stephen Michael King – HarperCollins

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Early Childhood 

The Terrible Suitcase: Emma Allen/Freya Blackwood – Omnibus Books

With Nan: Tania Cox/ Karen Blair – Windy Hollow Books

The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog: Sue DeGennaro – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Too Many Elephants: Ursula Dubosarsky/Andrew Joyner – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

It’s a Miroocool!: Christine Harris/Anne James – Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Edgmont

Peggy: Anna Walker – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Picture Books

The Coat: Julie Hunt/Ron Brooks – Allen & Unwin

Tanglewood: Margaret Wild/Vivienne Goodman – Omnibus Books

Herman and Rosie: Gus Gordon – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Sophie Scott Goes South: Alison Lester – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Lightning Jack: Glenda Millard/Patricia Mullins – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

A Day to Remember: Jackie French/Mark Wilson – Angus & Robertson, HarperCollins

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Short List

Python: Christopher Cheng/Mark Jackson – Walker Books, Australia

Lyrebird! A True Story: Jackie Kerin/Peter Gouldthorpe – Museum Victoria

Topsy-turvey World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers: Kirsty Murray – National Library of Australia

Portrait of Spain for Kids: Queensland Art Gallery – Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

Tom the Outback Mailman: Kristin Weidenback/Timothy Ide – Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia

Aurealis Awards – 2012 Finalists

The finalists of the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced and it is an awesome list that covers 13 categories. Now not all of the categories I’m going to list are kid’s and YA but some of these titles and authors are.

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Fantasy Novel

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Tor UK)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

Fantasy Short Story

“Sanaa’s Army” by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Stone Witch” by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat, Random House)

“First They Came” by Deborah Kalin (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55)

“Bajazzle” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Isles of the Sun” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

Science Fiction Novel

Suited by Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)

The Last City by Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)

And All The Stars by Andrea K Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins)

Science Fiction Short Story

“Visitors” by James Bradley (Review of Australian Fiction)

“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Beyond Winter’s Shadow” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Trouble with Memes” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)

Young Adult Novel

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)

And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult Short Story

“Stilled Lifes x 11” by Justin D’Ath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Wisdom of the Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)

“Rats” by Jack Heath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Statues of Melbourne” by Jack Nicholls (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)

“The Worry Man” by Adrienne Tam (self-­‐published)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)  

Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)

The Silver Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic)

Irina the Wolf Queen by Leah Swann (Xoum Publishing)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Little Elephants by Graeme Base (author and illustrator) (Viking Penguin)

The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator) (Penguin Group Australia)

In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator) (Ford Street Publishing)

Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator) (Lothian Children’s Books)

 

I definitely have some favourites in this list but best of luck to all authors who made it this far. Can’t wait to see who the winners will be, they announce the winners on the 18th of May.

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