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Dymocks launches Wiggles shop

25 January 2019
Chain retailer Dymocks has become the new retail partner for children’s entertainment group the Wiggles, offering a range of books and merchandise via a dedicated online store. Dymocks negotiated a...

Berbay sells board book series to US, UK

22 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management sold North American and...

Children’s authors honoured on postage stamps

18 January 2019
Australia Post is honouring five children’s authors on its ‘Australian legends of children’s literature’ postage stamp series, as part of its 2019 Legends Awards. Authors and their books featured in...

New database to celebrate diversity in children’s books

17 January 2019
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) will this year launch a database for children’s literature, designed to help teachers, parents and readers to find books which highlight multiculturalism...

Berbay sells three Canty picture books in China

16 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to three picture books in John Canty’s ‘Heads and Tails’ series to Dook. The series—comprising Heads and Tails, Heads and Tails Insects and...

Indie Book Awards 2019 shortlists announced

16 January 2019
Leading Edge Books has announced the 2019 Indie Book Awards shortlists, for the best Australian books published in 2018. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Lost Man (Jane...

Marsden awarded 2018 Dromkeen Medal

14 December 2018
The State Library Victoria (SLV) has awarded the 2018 Dromkeen Medal to author John Marsden. Marsden is the author of more than 40 books, including the ‘Tomorrow’ series, which is...

Rights People to represent Affirm Press kids list

5 December 2018
Affirm Press has engaged international agency Rights People to represent its kids list. Affirm sales and marketing director Keiran Rogers says he is anticipating more international rights sales as a...

Pasifika dual-language resources win NZ award

28 November 2018
In New Zealand, a series of books published by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to help Pasifika children with literacy has won the Pacific Service Excellence Award, as part of...

Netflix to adapt Dahl classics into animated series

28 November 2018
Netflix has secured the rights to adapt many of Roald Dahl's works for screen, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (all Puffin). It also has plans to create a...

Berbay acquires middle-grade series by Louise Park

28 November 2018
Berbay Publishing has acquired world rights to a three-book middle-grade fiction series by Australian children's author Louise Park. The first book in the series, titled Grace's Castle, is a fast-paced time-slip adventure...

‘Invisible Boys’ wins T A G Hungerford Award

16 November 2018
Perth-based YA writer Holden Sheppard has won the 2018 City of Fremantle T A G Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript for Invisible Boys, a YA novel about a group...

KROC Awards 2018 winners announced

12 November 2018
The winners of the 2018 Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Northern Territory, have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture storybooks Do...

KOALAs 2018 winners announced

9 November 2018
The winners of the 2018 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), the children’s choice book awards for New South Wales, have been announced. The winners and honour books in each...

Lifelong learning: Younger readers editions 

1 November 2018
Kelsey Oldham investigates the role played by younger readers editions in the growth of children’s nonfiction. It’s a well-established fact that adult nonfiction titles sell strongly in Australia. In 2018...

New specialist kids agency launched

1 November 2018
Lawyer and writer Justine Barker has launched a new literary agency focusing on children’s and YA books. Mayfair Literary Agency will represent authors writing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and...