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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...

Inky Awards 2019 shortlists announced

19 July 2019
The shortlists 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...

LoveOzYA relaunches with new committee

16 July 2019
Grassroots movement LoveOzYA is relaunching with a new committee and a 'reinvigorated mission'. According to a statement posted online, the LoveOzYA website was hacked earlier in the year but has...

Blabey tops NYT bestseller charts

9 July 2019
Aaron Blabey’s ‘The Bad Guys’ (Scholastic) has topped the New York Times weekly chart for bestselling children’s series. ‘The Bad Guys’, which has spent 37 weeks on the list, came...

Dr Karl returns to ABC Books in three-book deal 

26 June 2019
ABC Books has acquired three new books by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in a deal negotiated by Jeanne Ryckmans of the Cameron Creswell Agency. The deal marks Kruszelnicki’s move back to...

Acevedo, Morris win 2019 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

19 June 2019
The UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the winners of the 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. Dominican-American writer and slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo won...

A&U launches new children’s imprint

19 June 2019
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has created a new children’s imprint, Albert Street Books. Albert Street Books will have a commercial focus and will publish books for babies to 12-year-olds. A&U...

Tim Flannery children’s book sells to US, Canada

17 June 2019
Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management has sold US and Canadian rights to writer and environmentalist Tim Flannery's forthcoming children's book Explore Your World: Weird, wild, amazing! (illus by Sam Caldwell)....