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Bell appointed publisher at A&U 

10 March 2020
Davina Bell has been appointed publisher at Allen & Unwin (A&U), where she will work in the children and young adult division. ‘Davina’s passion, energy and enthusiasm will make her...

Affirm acquires picture book by Godwin, Lester 

27 February 2020
Affirm Press has acquired the rights to Sing me the Summer, a picture book written by publisher and author Jane Godwin and illustrated by Alison Lester. The book, which ‘celebrates...

CBCA 2020 Notable Books announced

26 February 2020
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2020. The books in each category are: Older readers The Man in the Water (David...

MWF to cut artist numbers for 2020 schools program

21 February 2020
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) plans to reduce the number of artists appearing in its 2020 schools program, reports the Age. While more than 60 artists participated in the 2019 schools...

PRH sells ‘The Tiny Star’ to US 

17 January 2020
Penguin Random House Australia has sold North American rights to Mem Fox’s picture book The Tiny Star (illus by Freya Blackwood) to Knopf Books for Young Readers. Editorial director of...

Book bites: Starting 2020 on the right note 

11 December 2019
Mischa Parkee, teacher and children’s specialist at Sydney’s Better Read Than Dead, shares her top children's picks for the new year. What better way to bring in the new year...

MidnightSun acquires Steve Heron picture book 

5 December 2019
MidnightSun has acquired world rights to the picture book Ling Li’s Lantern, by Steve Heron and illustrated by Benjamin Johnston. Ling Li’s Lantern follows Ling Li on a quest that...