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Growing Up in Flames (Zach Jones, Text) 

18 January 2022
Zach Jones’s debut novel Growing Up in Flames is as gritty as bushfire ash. Written for a doctorate in creative writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, the novel’s...

Only a Monster (Vanessa Len, A&U) 

1 December 2021
Joan is enjoying her summer in London with her eccentric family and dream job at the historic Holland House. After unexpectedly losing several hours out of her day after a...

Aus picture books chosen for IFLA catalogue

25 November 2021
Ten Australian picture books have been selected for the third edition of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Picture Books exhibit, which will be launched at...

Ober wins 2021 French HiP prize

23 November 2021
Jules Ober has won the 2021 Histoires Photographiques (HiP) prize for best photography book in the youth category with the French version of Jacqueline: A soldier’s daughter (Le Seuil Jeunesse)....

Getting in early: 2022 children’s and YA preview 

17 November 2021
New novels by Lynette Noni, Zana Fraillon and Holden Sheppard are among the exciting new children's and YA books releasing next year, alongside forays into fiction for younger readers by...

Kate Gordon on ‘Xavier in the Meantime’ 

16 November 2021
Kate Gordon's latest book is a companion novel to her CBCA award–winning Aster's Good, Right Things. Xavier in the Meantime (Riveted Press, February) is a 'sensitive but unflinching' story of...

Xavier in the Meantime (Kate Gordon, Riveted Press)  

16 November 2021
Xavier in the Meantime is the new companion novel to Kate Gordon’s CBCA award-winning Aster’s Good, Right Things. Focusing this time on Xavier, Aster’s best friend, the story takes a sensitive but...

This is Me! (Sally Morgan, Magabala) 

9 November 2021
Written and illustrated by well-loved author Sally Morgan, This is Me is a simple and colourful board book for very young children. Morgan’s illustration style features simple shapes and patterns...

Tiny Wonders (Sally Soweol Han, UQP) 

3 November 2021
This story has been told plenty of times but it’s one that is always worth listening to: the idea that our world has become so busy, so grey, so predictable,...

IBBY Australia names 2022 Honour List selections

28 October 2021
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Australia has selected writer Vikki Wakfield and artist Philip Bunting for the 2022 IBBY Honour List. Wakefield, who is based in South...

Josh Pyke & Ronojoy Ghosh on ‘Family Tree’ 

26 October 2021
Singer–songwriter and children's book author Josh Pyke celebrates Australia's diverse and multicultural society in his latest picture book Family Tree (Scholastic, January) with illustrations by Ronojoy Ghosh. Reviewer Romi Sharp said...

Australians nominated for 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

25 October 2021
Six Australian authors, illustrators and organisations have been announced as candidates for the 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s literature. The Australian candidates are: Jeannie...

Serong, Nannestad win $100k Historical Novel Prize

25 October 2021
Victorian writer Jock Serong has won the $50,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize in the adult category for The Burning Island (Text), while Katrina Nannestad has won the $30,000 children and...

I Really Dig Pizza! (Candy James, HarperCollins) 

19 October 2021
Australian husband-and-wife team Candy and James are a creative powerhouse whose designs have been stocked at institutions including MoMA. Writing under the pseudonym Candy James, they have now turned their...

The Midnight Girls (Alicia Jasinska, Penguin)  

6 October 2021
Alicia Jasinska’s The Midnight Girls will be eagerly devoured by fans of her dark fantasy YA debut The Dark Tide. In Lechija, a kingdom much like 18th-century Poland, three witches rely on their...