2009 News

What a SURPRISE – mid November I was the recipient of the 2009 Lady Cutler Award for Children’s literature. This is awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch) for Services to Children’s Literature. Unfortunately I was attending my cousin’s wedding in Hong Kong and had to accept the award by Skype.

60 Classic Australian Poems published by Random House with fantastic illustrations again by Greg Rogers is out NOW! (and is being reprinted)

Early in 2008 I quietly wrote the libretto to a children’s musical based on an unpublished children’s picture book manuscript – Pa’s Christmas Star. The musical is going to be available very soon … watch this space for details of the website!

Walker Books Australia has a wonderful picture book series – Nature Storybook – and guess who has written a new title for the series? It’s about those glorious legless creatures that have wonderful wrapping bodies, tongues for ‘smelling’ the air, dry scaly bodies, and that quietly go about their business. It’s about Pythons. More information soon!

And for Random House I have signed a new picture book – Night Noises – with the illustrations by Sarah Davis. We are collaborating on the content and design for the supporting website too … there will be lots of fun and opportunities for some creative contributions and explorations with noise too.

I compiled the teacher’s guide Exploring the 2009 CBCA Short List for e:lit (it was PETA, the Primary English teachers Association). Visit the e:lit website to purchase the 32 page booklet (it’s a free download for e:lit members).

Recent and New titles include:

  • 60 Classic Australian Poems
  • 30 Amazing Australian Animals; about some of our amazing Australian animals
  • Locally Wild; a non fiction book about keeping native animals as pets!
  • The Melting Pot; about Sydney in the very early 1900s and the implementation of the Immigration Restriction Act
  • Seams of Gold; about a boy of mixed ancestry. His father is Chinese and his mother white Australian, a sewing basket and his Chinese uncle
  • William’s Backyard; about two kids who, when all they hear is that no can make a difference, decide that they will.

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