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Walker acquires Neridah McMullin picture book 

16 September 2019
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to a new picture book by Neridah McMullin called The Drover. Based a true story, the book follows a young female drover as...

Love wins 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize

12 September 2019
In the UK, Jessica Love has won the £5000 (A$8990) Klaus Flugge Prize for most promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration for Julian is a Mermaid (Walker Books), reports...

Walker to distribute new UK children’s publisher in ANZ

11 September 2019
A new UK-based independent children’s publisher will launch in 2020, with Walker Books Australia to handle local distribution. Australian ex-pat Rachel Williams and colleague Jenny Broom will launch Magic Cat...

Noni, Black win 2019 Inky Awards

4 September 2019
Lynette Noni and Holly Black have won the 2019 Inky Awards, presented by State Library Victoria (SLV). Noni’s dystopian YA novel Whisper (Pantera) won the Gold Inky Award for an...

Place of exchange: Jane Stratton on Lost in Books 

4 September 2019
Lost in Books is a multilingual children’s bookshop in Fairfield, Sydney. A project of the Think+Do Tank Foundation, the shop’s mission is to celebrate and support multilingual literacy and creativity....

Fremantle sells ‘Antarctica’ picture book to US 

28 August 2019
Fremantle Press has sold US rights to Moira Court’s forthcoming picture book Antarctica to Massachusetts-based children’s publisher Charlesbridge. ‘Charlesbridge’s roots are in nature nonfiction, which is what attracted them to...

Puffin grants in New Zealand 

28 August 2019
As part of Puffin’s upcoming 80th anniversary, the publisher offered grants valuing up to NZ$5000 each to bookstores to fund initiatives to get kids reading. Brad Jefferies chatted to three...

Moloney wins 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

16 August 2019
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented James Moloney with the 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award for his contribution to Australian children’s literature. Moloney is the author of...

CBCA Awards 2019 winners announced

16 August 2019
The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the categories are: Older readers...

Storylines launches te reo Māori manuscript award

16 August 2019
Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust has announced a new award for an unpublished manuscript written in te reo Māori, reports Booksellers NZ.  The new award is named in honour of...

All hands on deck: Inside The Little Bookroom with Michael Earp

31 July 2019
Situated in Melbourne’s inner north, The Little Bookroom is Australia’s oldest dedicated children’s bookshop. In his bookseller’s diary, children’s literature specialist Michael Earp reveals how a combination of experience, new ideas...

Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop to close 

30 July 2019
Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop in Sydney’s North Shore will close at the end of August after 46 years of operation. Owner Scott Whitmont said it’s with ‘considerable sadness’ that...

Berbay to expand publishing program in 2020

29 July 2019
Melbourne-based children’s publisher Berbay Books will double its publishing list from eight to 16 titles in 2020, as well as publishing its first graphic novel, chapter book and junior fiction...

Holiday book haul: Junior Christmas 2019 preview 

24 July 2019
Kelsey Oldham rounds up some local highlights from publishers’ 2019 Christmas lists. (See our adult fiction and nonfiction highlights here.) Aussie favourites Some of our most celebrated Australian children’s authors...

Wakefield sells debut YA novel to US

23 July 2019
Wakefield Press has sold world rights (ex ANZ) to debut novel Making Friends with Alice Dyson (Poppy Nwosu) to Walker Books US for a five-figure sum. Wakefield publisher Margot Lloyd...