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Kozlowski wins Leila St John Award

26 March 2019
Children’s book specialist Kathy Kozlowski has received the annual Leila St John Award, presented by Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). Kozlowski has spent over 50...

Book bites: Diversify your reading 

19 March 2019
YA specialist and primary school teacher Mischa Parkee shares her top picks for forthcoming children’s titles. I have been positively overwhelmed by the growing number of inclusive and diverse children’s...

Two Shelly Unwin board books sold to US

14 March 2019
Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Literary Agency has sold North American rights to Shelly Unwin’s board books You’re One! and You’re Two! (A&U, illus by Katherine Battersby) to Penguin Random...

Living the fantasy: Lynette Noni’s career path 

14 March 2019
Lynette Noni’s YA fantasy series ‘The Medoran Chronicles’ has cemented her status as one of Australia’s favourite writers. She shares her journey towards becoming a bestselling author. I never wanted...

Redgum to launch ‘full-service’ schools program

14 March 2019
Redgum Book Club is launching a ‘full-service’ literary service for schools, parents and students, which will be available nationwide. Redgum, which recently acquired school book fair provider Central Book Suppliers,...

Four ANZ publishers nominated for Bologna Prize

13 March 2019
Four Australian and New Zealand publishers have been nominated for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. The shortlisted publishers are Scribble Kids’...

YA debut sells to US, Netherlands

8 March 2019
Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Helena Fox's forthcoming YA novel How it Feels to Float (Pan Australia, May) to Penguin US imprint...

SLV ‘retires’ Centre for Youth Literature

5 March 2019
State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced that it will be 'retiring the Centre for Youth Literature sub-brand' and will bring its teen programming under general SLV programming. SLV says that...

Inky Awards 2019 longlists announced

5 March 2019
The longlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by State Library Victoria (SLV) for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written...

CBCA 2019 Notable Books announced

27 February 2019
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2019. The books in each category are: Older readers Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)...

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2019 shortlist announced

22 February 2019
The shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize for 2019 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Ice Wolves: Elementals Book One (Amie Kaufman, HarperCollins) The Orchard Underground (Mat Larkin, Hardie...

Melbourne couple wins at 2019 Prix Sorcières

21 February 2019
Picture book Petit Soldat (Editions du Seuil), by Melbourne-based couple Pierre Jacques Ober and Jules Ober, has been awarded at the 2019 Prix Sorcières in France. Due to be published...

Big Sky lands 17-book deal for US rights

20 February 2019
Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s book titles to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. Set in motion at the 2018 Frankfurt...

PRH Australia launches local speakers bureau

14 February 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has announced it will establish a local speakers bureau, which will coordinate PRH authors’ speaking engagements for corporate clients, and the business, government and academic...

KYD launches writing prize for school students

14 February 2019
Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has launched a new writing prize, designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary schools. The inaugural KYD School...

‘Catching Teller Crow’ sold to UK, US

12 February 2019
UK and US rights to Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina's YA novel Catching Teller Crow (A&U) have been sold to Penguin Children's Books UK and Knopf respectively. The book will be published in...

UK sales of YA dropped 21.5% in 2018

11 February 2019
Nielsen figures for 2018 show that sales of YA titles in the UK dropped by 21.5% last year, reports the Bookseller. The YA fiction sector fell by £6.2 million (A$11.3m)...

Hager wins Margaret Mahy Medal

6 February 2019
Wellington-based author Mandy Hager has won the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, presented annually for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature. Hager is the author of...

Wakefield launches dedicated YA list

5 February 2019
Adelaide-based small publisher Wakefield Press will launch a dedicated YA list this year, under the direction of newly appointed publisher Margot Lloyd. Wakefield aims to publish three to four YA...