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Walker Books Australia sends massive congratulations to Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley, with their sublime picture book, How To Make A Bird, being announced as the winner of the WA Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children last week.
This is the second year in a row that Meg McKinlay has taken out the top prize, with Catch a Falling Star winning the award last year.
A huge congratulations to Meg and Matt Ottley for the continued success of this amazing book.
Walker Books Australia is thrilled to announce they have signed a three book deal with acclaimed Australian author/illustrator Mick Elliott (Squidge Dibley and The Turners), through Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown.
The three book deal will see Mick publish his first picture books.
‘Walker Books could not be happier to have Mick on board. We are a house of picture book makers and Mick couldn’t have found a better home. Mick brings his own unique humour and talent to every book he creates,’ says Angela Van Den Belt, president of Walker Books.
‘I am absolutely delighted to be collaborating with Walker Books Australia. Developing a picture book series has been one of the most enjoyable creative experiences I’ve ever had. I’m elated that the series will be brought to the world by the Walker Books team. I can’t wait to share it with readers of all ages,’ says Mick Elliott.
Mick Elliott is an author, illustrator, TV producer, screenwriter, literacy ambassador and professional mischief-maker. His debut trilogy, The Turners, was nominated for an Aurealis Award and features on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. His illustrated middle-grade series, Squidge Dibley, has been sold into six international territories. He has contributed stories and illustrations to many bestselling anthologies.
Mick has written and produced acclaimed children’s programmes for Nickelodeon, the Sesame Workshop, Channel TEN and the ABC. He is an in-demand speaker, running storytelling workshops at hundreds of schools and festivals around Australia.
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