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Australian couple wins at France’s Prix Sorcières

The picture book Petit Soldat (Editions du Seuil) by Australia-based couple Pierre Jacques Ober and Jules Ober has won the Prix Carrement Beau Maxi (for most beautiful book in the 9-12 age group) at the Prix Sorcières in France. Due to be published in English as The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature (Candlewick), Petit Soldat tells the story of a young French soldier through a series of intricately constructed and photographed scenes using World War I figurines.

Australian children’s author Paul Jennings and illustrator Allison Colpoys have been longlisted for the UK’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, respectively. Jennings is longlisted for his novel A Different Boy (illus by Geoff Kelly, Allen & Unwin) and Colpoys for her work on the picture book If All the World Were … (written by Joseph Coelho, Frances Lincoln).

Other recent awards announcements include the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Notable Books; the longlist for the Inky Awards for YA writing; and the shortlist for independent bookseller Readings’ Children’s Book Prize.


Category: Think Australian Junior Award-winners