We were delighted to share news of Erica Wagner’s award of the Dromkeen Medal for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s and young adult literature. Her acceptance speech about her love of books and fascinating career in publishing was too good not to share with a broader audience, so you can enjoy it below:
Thank you so much to my colleagues, Anna McFarlane and Eva Mills, who nominated me, to the fantastic team at Allen & Unwin – whose cleverness and sense of fun I appreciate so much every day – and to every author, illustrator and colleague I’ve ever worked with – this is your medal too!… Read the rest
Louise Park, one-half of bestselling author Mac Park (together with Susannah McFarlane), tells us why their new series, D-Bot Squad, will catch kids’ attention and turn them into enthusiastic readers, plus keep them reading.… Read the rest
The first week of July is NAIDOC week, an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year’s theme is Our Languages Matter, so we’ve pulled together our a few reads around this year’s NAIDOC week theme for young and old, so you can learn more and celebrate with us.… Read the rest
It’s not often we get the pleasure of meeting a dinosaur, especially one who loves books, enjoys visiting bookstores, and spreading a love of reading (and poetry).
If you’re a T-rex dinosaur
who wants to do much more than roar,
chat to the people who make books –
although you’ll get some funny looks.… Read the rest
Our Liz reports from the launch of Kim Kane’s When the Lyrebird Calls at Readings Books glorious new Children’s shop in Carlton, where Sofie Laguna helped send this delightful new timeslip novel into the world. … Read the rest
In the final part of our series on book cover design & redesigning a book series, we reveal our final cover designs for The Hidden Series by Lian Tanner.
We’ve taken you through many stages of the process, from our initial need for new book covers, the direction of the cover design and covers meeting, finding a cover illustrator, assessing the cover roughs and now here we are, with finished covers! … Read the rest
Wonderful Australian Actress and comedian Isla Fisher has turned her hand to writing and penned a hilarious take of a very sensible looking babysitter who isn’t what she seems.
While Jemima and Jack don’t like the idea of their new babysitter, who looks sensible, old and tiny, they soon get a surprise when their parents leave as with a mischievous wink Marge takes off her hat revealing rainbow-coloured hair!… Read the rest