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NZ Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize winner announced

18 September 2020
Hachette NZ and the Margaret Mahy estate have announced Nelson-based artist Lily Emo as the winner of the 2020 Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for unpublished illustrators. Unpublished New Zealand artists...

Anemone is Not the Enemy (Anna McGregor, Scribble) 

16 September 2020
Everybody needs a special friend—one they can rely on, one who’s there for them—but Anemone is lonely and finding it very difficult. The problem is he accidentally stings everybody who...

PRH acquires Madden’s ‘Anything But Fine’ 

16 September 2020
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to YA novel Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden. The novel’s teenage protagonist Luca Mason has been preparing to audition for...

Ernie’s Journey (David Woodland, Berbay) 

9 September 2020
David Woodland’s debut picture book Ernie’s Journey is unmistakably influenced by his award-winning cinematic background. Its visual detail and narrative novelty are rich, and the absurd adventures of its eponymous...

YA trilogy ‘Valentine’ optioned for screen 

3 September 2020
Jodi McAlister's supernatural YA trilogy 'Valentine' (Penguin) has been optioned for screen by Like A Photon Creative via Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. McAlister's trilogy features a team...

Scary Bird (Michel Streich, Scholastic) 

2 September 2020
A lively little book, Scary Bird puts diversity, adjustment and acceptance into an understandable parable for little listeners (though plenty of big listeners would also do well to pay attention...

SCBWI announces new awards for Australian illustrators

31 August 2020
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced three new awards for Australian illustrators, with support from the Copyright Agency. The SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards...

ILF to hold Indigenous Literacy Day YouTube event

20 August 2020
This year, in lieu of its usual celebration at the Sydney Opera House, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will post a 45-minute 'visual event' on its YouTube channel to celebrate...

Future Girl (Asphyxia, A&U) 

19 August 2020
The events of Future Girl play out in a future Melbourne that is eerily plausible. Food has been largely replaced by recon, an all-in-one food replacement that is marketed as...

‘Invisible Boys’ optioned for film and TV

18 August 2020
Director Nicholas Verso and producer Tania Chambers have optioned the film and television rights to Invisible Boys (Holden Sheppard, Fremantle Press), via Haylee Nash of the Nash Agency. The YA...

NCACL launches First Nations children’s book resource

13 August 2020
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) has produced a new, freely accessible database of children’s books by and about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Stage one,...

This One is Ours (Kate O’Donnell, UQP) 

12 August 2020
In her second novel, Kate O’Donnell, author of Untidy Towns, delivers an insightful and earnest coming-of-age story brimming with humanity. This One is Ours takes readers on a romantic overseas...