INSIDE THE CBCA 2024 SHORTLIST
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by joylawn
1M ago
INSIDE THE CBCA 2024 SHORTLIST The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Shortlisted Books for 2024 have been announced. Follow the links to those books I have already reviewed, or interviewed the author or illustrator, at PaperbarkWords blog. I will add to this list until the winners are announced in August. Also see the 2024 NOTABLE BOOKS at PaperbarkWords To the authors, illustrators and publishers – apologies if I don’t feature your book. It is most likely because I haven’t been able to access a copy. Congratulations to those creators who have been shortlisted. Si ..read more
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Sally Rippin Australian Children’s Laureate
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by joylawn
4M ago
Sally Rippin (photo Sister Scout Photography) Sally Rippin Australian Children’s Laureate 2024-2025 Enormous congratulations to Sally Rippin who is the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2024-2025. This is a mighty and well-deserved achievement and Sally will be an inspirational Laureate. I promoted many of Sally’s books, amongst them Billie B Brown, Hey Jack! and the Polly and Buster series, as a consultant for indie bookstores in Sydney and Brisbane and was highly impressed by her memoir Wild Things, which outlines her belated discovery that her third son had reading difficulties because ..read more
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Ask Aunty: Seasons (An introduction to First Nations seasons)
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by joylawn
8M ago
Ask Aunty: Seasons (An introduction to First Nations Seasons) By Aunty Munya Andrews Illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis Published by Hardie Grant Explore “I love my culture and I love my Country. But most of all, I love sharing it with you.” (Aunty Munya Andrews in Ask Aunty: Seasons) Ask Aunty: Seasons is the first in an excellent-looking series for young children. It is highly knowledgeable, insightful, interesting and child friendly. Aunty Munya Andrews, illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis in Ask Aunty: Seasons The author, Aunty Munya Andrews, is an “Aboriginal Elder from Bardi Countr ..read more
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Dirrarn by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler
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by joylawn
8M ago
Dirrarn by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler Illustrated by Dub Leffler Published by Magabala Books “Mia felt so far from home. Growing up in a remote outback community, she had still faced her share of bullies. She’s dealt with it in her own way then. Telling a teacher sometimes worked, other times a big brother or sister or family put a stop to it. Everyone back home knew how things worked…”  (Dirrarn) Interview with Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler about Dirrarn  Thank you for speaking to ‘Joy in Books’ at PaperbarkWords, Carl and Hakea. Our pleasure, Joy. Thank you for having u ..read more
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Hello Twigs by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood
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by joylawn
11M ago
Hello Twigs by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood “Nature stuff is TREASURE!” (Hello Twigs: Let’s Find Treasure) The new Hello Twigs series of lively, humorous graphic novels for children has great appeal because of its familiar and yet unpredictable stories based around four friends (the familiar) who are twigs (the unexpected) who all have an issue or problem (the expected) that becomes the highlight of each book. But extraordinary characters, inventive plot elements and surprises (all unexpected) elevate the books far above the usual series fiction. The other exceptional feature is the appeali ..read more
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A is for Australian Reefs by Frané Lessac
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by joylawn
1y ago
A is for Australian Reefs by Frané Lessac Inside the CBCA Shortlist Inside the 2023 CBCA Shortlist Inside the 2023 Notable Books A is for Australian Reefs by Frané Lessac (published Walker Books Australia) A is for Australian Reefs is the latest in Frané Lessac’s impressive body of picture books.  Her books are distinctive for their colour, vibrancy and child-friendly style. Some I particularly enjoyed are A is for Australia and A is for Australian Animals (both also alphabet books, part of the ‘a factastic tour’ series and ideal companions for A is for Australian Reefs), Australia Under ..read more
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Itty Bitty Kitty by Maddy Mara, illustrated by Noémie Geonet Landry
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by joylawn
1y ago
Itty Bitty Kitty by Maddy Mara, illustrated by Noémie Geonet Landry Itty Bitty Kitty 1 & 2 is published by Affirm Press Maddy Mara writes a Guest Author post for PaperbarkWords: Maddy Mara on creative collaborations, and the Itty Bitty Kitty series The first thing you should know about Maddy Mara is that ‘she’ is actually two people: Maddy Mara is the pen name of writing duo Hilary Rogers and Meredith Badger. We’ve been working together for a very long time – nearly twenty years – but initially our collaboration was the more standard publisher-author variety (Hilary was a publisher and M ..read more
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The Wish Sisters by Allison Rushby
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by joylawn
1y ago
The Wish Sisters by Allison Rushby, illustrated by Karen Blair, published by University of Queensland Press Allison Rushby is part of the famous Brisbane writing Rushby duo. Allison’s mother, Pamela Rushby, is the awarded author of When the Hipchicks Went to War, The Horses Didn’t Come Home and The Ratcatcher’s Daughter. Allison is the author of The Mulberry Tree, The Turnkey, The Ghost Locket and other books and is part of the team behind the popular Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group with Allison Tait and Megan Daley. Allison’s new series is The Wish Sisters.  “Flick and Birdie’s Gran ..read more
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THE WINTRISH GIRL by Melanie La’Brooy
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by joylawn
1y ago
THE WINTRISH GIRL by Melanie La’Brooy Melanie La’Brooy writes about The Wintrish Girl, her debut novel for young readers for Joy in Books at PaperbarkWords blog. The Wintrish Girl explores high fantasy archetypes of identity, light and dark and the quest. It has moments of unexpected humour and layers of meaning that are perfectly integrated into a riveting, wondrous story. It is published by UQP. The story of The Wintrish Girl begins on Talisman Day, in the rich and powerful province of Arylia. During the Talisman Ceremony, every child receives an object that gives them special powers and re ..read more
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Solomon Macaroni by Ashleigh Barton
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by joylawn
1y ago
Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe by Ashleigh Barton Ashleigh Barton’s picture book What do you call your Grandma? (illustrated by Martina Heiduczek) is a 2022 CBCA shortlisted book. Her new book, Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe (University of Queensland Press) is the first in a children’s series. Here she explains the genesis of her new character, little vampire Solomon Macaroni and his fears, his world and his venture into the Wildwood for Joy in Books at PaperbarkWords. Ashleigh Barton writes: Two and a half decades ago, give or take, I drew a picture of a character i ..read more
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