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Kindness, environmental themes popular at Bologna

18 April 2019
Australian publishers have reported an ‘upbeat’ Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with middle-grade books continuing to dominate the market, and kindness and environmental themes emerging as new trends. Books with a...

Local voices on a global stage

21 March 2019
Two recent international rights successes for children’s books by Indigenous authors—Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s YA novel Catching Teller Crow (Allen & Unwin) selling into the UK and US, and a...

Bologna bound

21 February 2019
Eleven independent publishers, 15 children's book creators and one children’s laureate will set up shop at the collective Australian stand at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The publishers represented...

Putting the anarchy back into childhood

16 October 2018
A recent interview with bestselling Australian children’s book creators Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton—which coincides with the release of their latest book and this month’s top-selling Australian children’s fiction title...

Children’s, parenting titles popular at Beijing Book Fair

20 September 2018
Australian publishers who attended the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in August have reported an interest in children’s, parenting and education titles. Ventura Press director Jane Curry sold the rights...

Southeast Asian storytelling inspires new picture book

23 August 2018
Australian picture books continue to find publishers overseas, with several large (Scholastic) and smaller publishers (Scribe, Fremantle Press) recently selling the rights to their titles to the US and China...

Australian publishers heading to Shanghai

19 July 2018
Looking for opportunities to meet Australian publishers face-to-face? A number of Australian publishers and literary agents will attend this year’s China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in November after receiving...

Masters of the middle grade

21 June 2018
Several years ago Hilary Rogers, then a publisher at Australian children’s imprint Hardie Grant Egmont, commissioned author Sally Rippin to write the ‘Billie B Brown’ series. It turned out to...

Australian ‘Own Voices’ snapped up

16 May 2018
‘The last few years has seen an increased focus in the US and UK on diversity in children’s publishing, with the emphasis more and more being placed on Own Voices,’...

Meet new Australian voices at the Intersection

19 April 2018
‘Commentators have been pointing out for decades how the children’s and young adult literary landscape has largely reflected one dominant, homogeneous story of privilege and power that rarely admits “outsider”...

Boarding call for Bologna

16 March 2018
Last year, Australian publisher Allen & Unwin and Australian children’s literature promoters Books Illustrated announced they would combine their stands at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The newly created collective...

Not your average children’s book awards

16 November 2017
Australia has a rich and varied book awards scene. In children’s books this includes the Australian Psychological Society’s Children’s Peace Literature Award and the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the...

Oz YA under the spotlight

21 September 2017
In this newsletter, we shine a spotlight on Australian young adult (YA) fiction. In our profile, we speak to literary agent, editor and YA advocate Danielle Binks about the state...

Introducing ‘Think Australian Junior’

13 July 2017
Welcome to the first edition of the Think Australian Junior newsletter. We’re incredibly excited to be bringing the best Australian children’s and YA books to an international audience of publishers,...