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Affirm Press 4 Berbay Publishing 6 Big Sky Publishing 8 EC Press 10 Era Publications 12 Exisle Publishing (EK Books) 14 Five Mile 16 Ford Street Publishing 18 Hachette Australia 20 Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing 22 Little Pink Dog 24 Magabala Books 26 Melbournestyle Books 29 Pantera Press 30 Penguin Random House Australia 32 Scholastic Australia 34 Scribble 36 Small Friends Books 38 Text Publishing 40 UQP 42 Wakefield Press 44 Walker Books Australia 46 Windy Hollow Books 48 Publisher Contact Details

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Front cover image: Sea Country by Aunty Patsy Cameron and Lisa Kennedy, with permission from Magabala Books.

Children’s Laureate 2020-2021


THE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S LAUREATE 2020–2021 Welcome Ursula Dubosarsky the sixth Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults published in Australia and around the world. She has won many national literary prizes and been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards. Her work includes picture books, such as The Terrible Plop, novels for older children, including The Blue Cat, and the non-fiction Word Spy books about language. She has also had several works adapted for theatre. Her most recent publications include the timeless picture book The March of the Ants, which highlights the power of a book, and Pierre’s Not There, a book bringing together both novel and playwriting. Ursula’s first year as Australian Children’s Laureate coincided with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She quickly became ‘The Digital Laureate’ using technology to speak to enormous numbers of children and adults to share her theme ‘Read For Your Life!’ which is about the transformative power of reading and creativity. She was the face behind a new collection of online resources, available through the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation website, supporting young people to develop their reading and writing skills. In keeping with her focus on the vital importance of universal free access to books, Ursula’s particular project has been to encourage every child to join their local library and get their own library card. Despite intermittent Covid lockdowns, library services have taken up the free resource offered of a special children’s Laureate library card. This resulted in documented increases in numbers of child members. ‘The library was where I became a reader,’ Ursula says. ‘I can’t imagine my childhood without a library, and I want every child in Australia to feel that the local library belongs to them — for life.’ 2021 has Ursula back on the road and working to reach young people in every Australian state and territory. Children at events receive collateral developed by the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation and illustrators Andrew Joyner and Tohby Riddle. These include posters, an activity booklet, bookmarks, bookplates and even a Laureate chatterbox. The ACLF and Ursula are grateful to the following organisations who have supported Ursula’s journey as Laureate: her publisher Allen & Unwin, The Australia Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, AISWA, Gourlay Charitable Trust, Costello Family Foundation and Children’s Publishing Committee. www.childrenslaureate.org.au www.ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com Enriching the lives of young Australians through the power of story.

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AFFIRM PRESS www.affirmpress.com.au | Tash Besliev | tash.besliev@affirmpress.com.au

Affirm’s first picture book, A Walk in the Bush by debut creator Gwyn Perkins, won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year (2018), and Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester, Australia’s most-loved picture book creator, won Book of the Year, Early Childhood (2019). That’s Affirm Press: a combination of incredible emerging talent and some of the industry’s favourite creators.

HAVE YOU SEEN MY FRIEND? Jo Dabrowski Have you seen my friend? He was sitting right there. And then he disappeared. Like magic. From an exciting new talent comes a hilarious, cheeky and surprising story about friendship, determination and the importance of always having a trick up your sleeve. • A  fresh and exciting debut from a Melbourne author-illustrator, to be followed up with another hilarious liftthe-flap board book in 2022. • C  lever visual humour that will be perfect for fans of Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy, and Heidi McKinnon’s I Just Ate My Friend. • T  he collage style is reminiscent of Lauren Child and Tai Snaith.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922400819 RRP(AUD): $17.99 FORMAT: PB, 10 Spreads RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Children’s Humour

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ENOUGH LOVE? Maggie Hutchings and Evie Barrow Willa had one dad one mum one home and a bird. And that was enough. So when Willa’s parents split up, she’s pretty sad. But at least they are still all hers. Until Dad meets Kevin and Willa’s family starts to grow … and keeps on growing. Full of heart and bursting with warmth, Enough Love? is the new picture book from the creative team behind I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me. • A beautiful homage to blended families. • S  weet and funny with a strong and memorable main character. • P  erfect for fans of Love Makes a Family and Who’s Your Real Mum?

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922400833 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book, Families, Diversity, Acceptance


FOLLOW YOUR FEELINGS LUCY AND SAD Kitty Black and Jess Rose Follow Your Feelings is a touching, funny and charming new series about getting to know and love our emotions. • T  his emotional literacy series reframes so-called ‘negative’ emotions as part of the very normal range of feelings we experience. It encourages emotional acceptance as a healthy approach to growth and development.

THE DETECTIVE’S GUIDE TO OCEAN TRAVEL

THE GRANDEST BOOKSHOP IN THE WORLD

Nicki Greenberg

Amelia Mellor

For as long as she can remember, Pepper Stark has wanted one thing: to join her father, the Captain, aboard the magnificent RMS Aquitania. From the decadent food to the star-studded passenger list, travelling First Class on Aquitania is every bit as glamorous as Pepper had imagined. When American stage sensation Perdita West’s priceless jewel disappears mid-voyage, Pepper unexpectedly finds herself entangled in the crime.

Pearl and Vally Cole live in Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne in 1893. It is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable: voice-changing sweets and talking parrots. When Pearl and Vally learn that their Pa has risked the Arcade — and himself — in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes.

• A  classic whodunnit mystery solved by child detectives. • H  istorical middle grade fiction with a glamorous 1920s ocean-liner setting full of adventure and fun.

RELEASE DATE: 09/2021 ISBN: 9781922419781 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781922400673 RRP (AUD): $17.99 FORMAT: PB, 320pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Children’s Fiction, Middle-Grade, Mysteries, Historical Fiction

• W  inner of multiple awards including the ABIA Book of the Year for Young Children 2021 and the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2021.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2020 ISBN: 9781925972955 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 304pp RIGHTS: World, ex ANZ, Russia, Turkey and World Arabic CATEGORY: Children’s Fiction, Middle-Grade, Adventure, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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BERBAY PUBLISHING www.berbaybooks.com | Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke alexandra@berbaybooks.com

Berbay Publishing is an award-winning independent children’s publishing house based in Melbourne, Australia, that has established a reputation locally and internationally for producing high-quality, original and enriching children’s books for readers aged 0-12.

NORTON AND THE BEAR

WHOSE BONES?

Gabriel Evans

Chihiro Takeuchi

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying? This hilarious readaloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible way. This is a musthave for every child you know.

Can you guess the animal by looking at its bones? Award-winning paper-cut artist Chihiro Takeuchi creates another masterpiece in this clever, interactive introduction to vertebrate animals and shows young readers how interesting science can be.

• S  hortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year. • A  kid-friendly story about copying that explores the good and bad of every kid’s least favourite form of admiration. • A  crowd-pleasing read-aloud for fans of Gus Gordon and Patrick McDonnell.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2020 ISBN: 9780648785132 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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• A  kid-friendly introduction to vertebrate animals. • A  nimals depicted are ones with strong skeletal features that have distinguished claws, feet, teeth and eye sockets. • F  eatures a fun facts page for readers to enhance their knowledge.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2020 ISBN: 9780648785163 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex North America, UK and Germany CATEGORY: Picture Book


ELLA FARMOODLE Jill Noble If you live in the city you might see oodles of poodles: Labradoodles, Spoodles, Cavoodles, Groodles … All kinds of Poodles. If you go for a trip to the countryside you might be lucky enough to meet Ella Farmoodle … A very smart poodle, with her very own farm! • A  stunningly-illustrated debut picture book by contemporary Australian artist Jill Noble. • C  aptures the placidity and vibrance of Australian farm life. • T  aps into the world’s obsession with oodles.

THE BEAR AND THE LITTLE GREEN THING

WHERE’S SPEEDY?

Diandian

George and his sister Lotta have found a slug named Speedy. They can’t wait to introduce him to the family, but Speedy has other plans. He escapes! The whole family helps search for their lost critter, but is George and Lotta’s jar really his home? Or does Speedy belong outside?

When the little green thing finds an unexpected home — on the back of a bear — it just needs to convince the bear to let it stay. After all the little green thing can provide great conversation, act as a gentle fan and protect the bear from intruders. But can this unconventional friendship weather the seasons? • J on Klassen meets Marc Martin in this gorgeous debut picture book. • A  poignant book about an unusual and meaningful friendship. • F  eatures an eye-catching, sophisticated and minimalistic colour palette and design.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9780645069617 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 ISBN: 9780645069648 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

Nici Gregory

• A  debut picture book that introduces a compelling author/illustrator whose work is reminiscent of Mercer Mayer’s classic Little Critter series. • T  aps into the childhood interest of collecting bugs and encourages readers, in a non-didactic way to set them free. • E  ngages readers by hiding Speedy, the lost slug, on every spread.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9780648953395 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 40pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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BIG SKY PUBLISHING www.bigskypublishing.com.au | Emily Randle | emily@randleeditorial.co.uk

Big Sky Publishing is an Australian publisher proudly focussing on and supporting local talent. With an array of award-winning authors and illustrators, Big Sky’s mission is to entertain readers with something fresh and different. We have a strong adult non-fiction list and children’s list and a burgeoning historical and contemporary adult fiction list.

PINNEY THE WINNER (A STORY OF SELFLESSNESS) GINNIE & PINNEY, LEARN AND GROW SERIES.

BEING WILDLY KIND – FINDING THE MAGICAL POWER INSIDE (IT’S OK SERIES)

Penny Harris and Winnie Zhou

Josh Langley

A delightful eight book slip case series featuring Ginnie & Pinney and their friends. The series follows their daily social interactions, concerns and decisions pose dilemmas that model positive self-identity and behaviours: selflessness, persistence, sharing, inclusiveness, responsibility, accepting difference and learning to say sorry.

We all need kindness now more than ever. Award-winning children’s author Josh Langley returns with the fourth book in his Australian Book Industry Award winning series. Adored by kids and parents, Langley’s little books with big messages are favourites in homes all over Australia. Packed full of fun, practical ideas and inspiration, Being Wildly Kind, is a great way to show kids how powerful their words and actions can be.

• E  very book features a free animated video accessible by QR code. • T  he box set includes access to a comprehensive 64 page ‘Teacher’s Notes’ resource kit. • W  inner of a HundrED Innovator Award in 2019. • W  ritten and developed by education and development experts.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2020, eight book slip case released 05/2021 ISBN: 9781922265784 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Korea CATEGORY: Picture Book, Emotional Wellbeing

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• T  his series won Big Sky the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher Children’s Book of the Year. • I ncluded on the state wide Reading Challenge list for kids. • Trademark colourful and fun illustrations. • A Big Messages for Little People series.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781922488053 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 102pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book, Emotional Wellbeing


TEN NAUGHTY NUMBATS (ONE TO TEN AND BACK AGAIN – LET’S COUNT! SERIES) Grace Nolan and Nancy Bevington Fun and learning go together in this beautifully presented counting series One to Ten and Back Again. Packed with expressive illustrations full of life and humour to captivate the youngest of readers. Children will learn to count while learning the names of 30 different animals! Books two and three provide a simple introduction to addition and subtraction from birth to age seven. • L  earning counting, addition and subtraction with an activity to boot!

MAX BOOTH FUTURE SLEUTH BOOK 6:

GOOGOL BOY:

MAP TRAP

AND THE PECULIAR INCIDENT OF THE GREAT QUIZ TROPHY

Cameron Macintosh and Dave Atze

John Michael and Dave Atze

There’s a new sleuth in town — he’s fun, funny, and very 2424! It’s 2424. Super Sleuth Max Booth is uncovering the secrets of 20th century gadgets with his faithful but slightly neurotic robodog, Oscar. There are sinister characters and challenges along the way. Join the adventure in this fabulous series full of mystery, surprises and suspense.

A hilarious new series featuring an average teenager grappling with his super-charged brain.

• F  uturistic, humorous, fun-filled chapter books. • I deal for reluctant readers.

When an unassuming, rather clueless teenager is zapped by lightning while working on his computer, he absorbs all the information off the internet and his (very) ordinary brain starts to exhibit extraordinary potential. Can Howie overcome the enormous obstacles before him to defeat his annoying archnemesis and solve the peculiar mystery of the stolen Great Quiz Trophy? • A  hilarious new middle grade series to engage and entertain.

• F  abulous new animals to discover.

• A  t least five books planned for this series. • A  dventure, sci-fi, fantasy and elements of whodunnit.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2021 ISBN: 9781922265616 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Turkey CATEGORY: Picture Book, Early Educational

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922265906 RRP (AUD): TBC FORMAT: PB, 130pp RIGHTS: World ex US Educational CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Mystery, Humour

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781922387141 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 428pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Mystery, Humour

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EC PRESS www.elizabethmarycummings.com | Elizabeth Cummings hello@elizabethmarycummings.com

EC Press is a small independent publisher with a strong focus on narratives that examine the world from a child’s perspective, from stories about wellbeing, daily life and community friendship to accounts of resilience. The publisher is providing platforms for new conversations about contemporary life and putting the individual at the centre of the narrative.

AMAZING HANDS

THE VERY BAD THING

Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Melissa Salvarani

Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Melissa Salvarani

AMAZING HANDS is a simple guide to what our hands do and how they help in our daily lives. With bright and child-friendly illustrations, the reader learns how vital hand hygiene is and how to reduce the risk of spreading germs and infections.

The story of recovery from a traumatic event. The Very Bad Thing happened on a bright sunny day. In this picture book, with the sea as a metaphor, a young boy navigates through a terrible storm as he deals with this trauma.

• A  highly topical book about hand hygiene and contemporary global social issues.

• Contemporary therapy tool.

• P  rovides knowledge without generating fear or anxiety within the current social context.

• R  elatable narrative explores healing journeys. • R  ich language and evocative illustrations draw readers in.

• Delightful illustrations appeal to readers. • L  anguage and concepts represented to meet diverse knowledge levels.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2020 ISBN: 9780994339263 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMATS: PB, HB, eBook, 36pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Non-fiction, STEM, Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 03/2020 ISBN: 9780648406433 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, HB, eBook, 36pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book, Trauma Recovery, Mental Health


GIRL ON THE ROAD

OCEAN DEVOTION

Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Johanna Roberts

Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Melissa Salvarani

A non-fiction narrative about what it takes to be a traffic controller as seen through the eyes of a young girl. From stopping traffic to let emergency vehicles pass to guiding heavy loads onto lorries, the role of a traffic controller is demonstrated as being both diverse and important.

An empowering environmental story about how we can all help care for our world. Based on the true story of the plastic island off the coast of Hawaii, children will discover facts about recycling as well as enjoy the narrative told in rhyming couplets.

• C  ontemporary narrative about gender equality.

• B  right and hopeful account of a current global environmental issue.

• G  lossary of construction vehicles will appeal to young readers.

• P  ositive call to action told with delightful illustrations.

• P  romotes diversity in the workplace with fun rhyming couplets that will appeal to young readers.

• R  hyming style will appeal to younger readers.

RELEASE DATE: 09/2020 ISBN: 9781922451095 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, HB, eBook, 34pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Narrative Non-fiction, Picture Book

• T  he thought-provoking facts about caring for the planet shared will encourage and empower readers.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2020 ISBN: 9781922451040 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, HB, BB, 36pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Narrative Non-fiction, Picture Book, Rhyme

SEED BALLS Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Melissa Salvarani This beautifully illustrated book introduces the concept of seed dispersal to children. Readers will discover the possibility of new life in the fruit and vegetables they eat every day with inclusions such as a simple recipe for homemade seed balls, a glossary of terms and a map or explanation of the origins of some the fruits and vegetables in the back section of the book. • S  imple graphics demonstrate the process of seed dispersal. • A  ctive participation is encouraged in experimenting with seed dispersal. • B  ook ties in with primary school curriculums. • I nformation is displayed in exquisite, colourful illustrations.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2020 ISBN: 9780994339270 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, HB, 36pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Nonfiction, STEM, Picture Book

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ERA PUBLICATIONS www.erapublications.com | Rod Martin | rod@erapublications.com

Early-childhood and primary years educational publisher in phonics, literacy, literature, maths and science, in print and online interactive. Established in 1971, Era Publications’ books are sold or distributed in 46 countries and 24 languages other than English.

FIX-IT FOX AND THE HIDDEN SOUNDS

DIG TOM, DIG

Leanne Argent and Dr. Susan Hill

Dig Tom, Dig and Snow and His Bone are part of a comprehensive, decodable phonics series with excellence in their simplicity and in their text and visual storytelling.

Fix-it Fox and the Hidden Sounds is an exquisitely illustrated wordless picture book designed to draw young children into a maze of word pictures for learning the sounds of English and extending vocabulary. Era’s decodable phonics series offers excellent texts and illustrations for children’s entry to reading. • E  xceptional illustrations and texts for a difficult area of learning.

Jill McDougall and Liam McCulloch

• Q  uirky stories and quality illustrations. • A  ctivities for comprehension and phonological awareness. • C  lear instructional guidelines for using the text.

SNOW AND HIS BONE Jill McDougall and Jessica Liang Dig Tom, Dig and Snow and His Bone are part of a comprehensive, decodable phonics series with excellence in their simplicity and in their text and visual storytelling. • Q  uirky stories and quality illustrations. • A  ctivities for comprehension and phonological awareness. • C  lear instructional guidelines for using the text.

• S  ound research from University of South Australia on phonemics and phonics pedagogy.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9781741445657 RRP (AUD): $29.95 FORMAT: PB, Online Interactive, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex China, Singapore, Norway CATEGORY: Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 01/2020 ISBN: 9781741444544 RRP (AUD): $8.95 FORMAT: PB, Online Interactive, 12pp RIGHTS: World ex China, Singapore, Norway CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 01/2021 ISBN: 9781741445558 RRP (AUD): $9.15 FORMAT: PB, Online Interactive, 16pp RIGHTS: World ex China, Singapore, Norway CATEGORY: Picture Book


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EXISLE PUBLISHING (EK BOOKS) www.exislepublishing.com | Lucy Wawrzyniak lucy@exislepublishing.com

Books with Heart on Issues that Matter. Our books are crafted by authors and illustrators whose backgrounds include teaching and psychology. These creators have a knack for unpacking complex issues, making them engaging for even our youngest readers. EK Books is a picture book imprint, part of Exisle Publishing.

TREE BEINGS Raymond Huber and Sandra Severgnini

A BOY, HIS BEAR AND A BULLY Katie Flannigan and P.J. Reece

Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. Explore tree wisdom from many different cultures and some famous and fascinating tree species, brought to life in a vibrant combination of illustrations and text.

Scott takes his bear, Buttons, to school with him every day to help him feel brave. He has to, because every day Duncan is mean to him. A Boy, His Bear and a Bully addresses the global issue of bullying in a hopeful, gentle way.

• T  rees are a hot topic in climate change and environmental science. This book will encourage kids to fall in love with the natural world and act to protect it.

• W  ill resonate with children from all over the world as it addresses the global issue of bullying.

• W  orld-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall endorses the book and has written a foreword. • I ncludes inspiring stories of famous people who love and protect trees.

• P  rovides a constructive model of how to deal with difficult situations at school, opening conversation on social issues. • A  n ultimately positive story about the power of bravery, friendship and forgiveness. • M aterials, activity sheets available.

RELEASE DATE: 11/2021 ISBN: 9781925820539 RRP (AUD): $34.99 FORMAT: HB, 96pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, New Zealand CATEGORY: Picture Book, Natural World, Environmental Care

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RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9781925820898 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: TBC, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, New Zealand CATEGORY: Picture Book, Bullying, Bravery, Forgiveness


TURNING CARTWHEELS:

TOMORROW GIRL:

WHEN TRYING TO FIT IN LEAVES YOU IN A SPIN

A TALE OF MINDFULNESS

Amy Adeney and Amy Calautti Emma is desperate to join queen bee Carly’s Cartwheel Club. Turning Cartwheels cleverly explores the subtle, underhanded social bullying conducted by so-called ‘frenemies’ that is so often experienced by primaryschool-aged girls. • T  his book looks at the subtler, more manipulative style of psychological bullying. • A  valuable resource for parents, teachers and carers that will enable them to assist children in identifying true friends. • G  ently encourages children to believe in themselves and ‘find their tribe’. • T  eaching materials, activity sheets available.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2021 ISBN: 9781925820515 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, New Zealand CATEGORY: Picture Book, Bullying, Peer Pressure

PEAR OF HOPE Wenda Shurety and Deb Hudson

Vikki Conley and Penelope Pratley Catch up with a girl called Tomorrow — she’s always in a hurry! Tomorrow Girl is a quirky tale delivering a reminder about the importance of mindfulness and what can happen when we allow ourselves to be in the moment amidst the modern-day rush. • E  ncourages kids to be more mindful in their everyday life and to remember to live in the moment. • T  hemes of mindfulness, worry, friendship, connection and slowing down are topical, as anxiety spikes among primary-school-aged children.

A story of a little girl with cancer and her tale of recovery. Told through sensitive words and gentle, beautiful illustrations, the story will comfort and inspire any children who are struggling to feel positive, whatever journey they may be on. • E  xplores the topic of illness in a gentle, positive way that will be a comfort to any children struggling with this difficult journey. • A  valuable resource for parents, carers, educators, counsellors and medical staff who have to discuss hope and hardship with young children. • T  eaching materials available.

• A  timely tale, as more and more people begin to rush through life. • T  eaching materials, activity sheets available.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781925820867 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, New Zealand CATEGORY: Picture Book, Illness, Overcoming Challenges, Hope

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781925820867 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, New Zealand CATEGORY: Picture Book, Illness, Overcoming Challenges, Hope

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FIVE MILE www.fivemile.com.au | Jessica Smith jessica.smith@fivemile.com.au

Five Mile is a boutique-quality commercial publishing house, publishing up to 120 titles a year. Specialising in picture books, board books, novelty, activity books, fiction and non-fiction, Five Mile publishes its own homegrown program, in addition to licensing.

PETE CROMER:

WE ARE ALL PEOPLE

WILDLIFE

Zanni Louise and Sinead Hanley

Pete Cromer

Whoever we are, whatever we do, however we think, we know this is true: that we are all people, some big and some small, sharing a world big enough for us all. A joyful celebration of difference and all the important things that unite humanity.

Discover some of the world’s most wonderful animals through Pete Cromer’s bold and beautiful animal portraits. Wildlife features 18 of his best-loved wildlife collages, collected here as a stunning picture book for animal and art lovers of all ages. • P  ete Cromer is a beloved Australian artist with over 94K followers on Instagram and a homewares collection with Maxwell & William. • W  ildlife debuted at #1 Best-selling Children’s Non-fiction on the Australian charts. Pete’s first book, Australia, held the #1 position for ten weeks in a row.

• A  beautiful celebration of everything that connects humanity. • Perfect read-along book for storytime. • F  rom two Australian creators who came together to produce a book that shows children that differences are what make us unique and what makes us different can bring us together.

• C  ontains fun facts about these animals and maps detailing where they can be found.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781922514042 RRP (AUD): $29.99 FORMAT: HB, 40pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922514219 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 24pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book


WONDER EARTH Zanni Louise, Tiff Bollhorn and Sophy Louise Smith The Earth has so much to share if we stop, listen and wonder. Starting with the sun that gives us life, to the patterns, feelings, stories and relationships that we share with other natural things. Let’s explore what it means to belong to our Earth. • P  icture book that combines learning facts about Earth with appreciating the beauty and poetry of the world. • T  iff Bollhorn is an environmental educator. • I llustrations show interconnectedness of human and nature, built and natural, and celebrate the colour, patterns and visual rhythms of the natural world.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9781922385529 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

THE BOUNTY OF BOOTLESS BEN

HUMAN KIND:

Mitchell Toy

Zanni Louise and Missy Turner

Follow the treasure trail! Behold the map of Bootless Ben, a buccaneer of dread, When life is full of lemons, try the pirate life instead! Begin a grand adventure to collect the hidden keys, And claim the greatest bounty ever found upon the seas. • M  itchell Toy’s third book is the ultimate treasure hunt — where you’ll find not only a pot of gold at the end but something even more valuable. • M  itchell’s distinctive style reaches new heights in this book; taking readers to the depths of the ocean, a pirate graveyard, a shipwreck now home to some tiny pirates and even a hidden treasure trove!

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781922514226 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

IMAGINATION

Imagination makes ordinary things seem magical. Your imagination allows you to create something out of nothing. It helps you to come up with new ideas, to solve problems and to understand how others might feel. There are many ways to be imaginative … • G  oes beyond EI (emotional intelligence) to explore VI (values intelligence). • E  ncourages a ‘more than me’ view of the world, celebrating community values as the binding agent of relationships. • E  ach book includes supporting notes for parents and carers. • O  ther titles in the series: Courage, Kindness, Honesty, Resilience, Persistence.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781922514271 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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FORD STREET PUBLISHING www.fordstreetpublishing.com | Paul Collins intrights@fordstreetpublishing.com

Ford Street Publishing is a micro press of children’s and young adult books, based in Victoria. Our books span beautifully presented picture books for early readers, stimulating titles for the education market, and entertaining and socially conscious books for intermediate readers and young adults.

PAPER CRANES DON’T FLY

I NEED A PARROT

Peter Vu

Chris McKimmie

For Adam Auttenberg, hospital is like a second home. With Tess, AJ and Rachael by his side, it’s even bearable. Facing the toughest challenge of his life, Adam has his friends. But will they be enough?

But what does a parrot need? A book about wanting and needing; what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.

• T  he story takes inspiration from the author’s own experiences. Putting a twist on the theme of cancer in books, readers can understand what it is really like to stay in a hospital. • W  ritten by a young author, the story and characters will feel more relatable and authentic to YA readers.

• W  inner of the 2020 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year. • A  multi-award-winning author-illustrator and designer (Australian Publishers Association: Best Designed Book Award, CBCA winner, Junior Judges Project; honour, notable, short-listed and longlisted books). • C  hris McKimmie’s books have sold 100,000 copies worldwide.

• W  inner of the 2018 Gold Inky Award.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2017 ISBN: 9781925272765 RRP (AUD): $19.95 FORMAT: PB, 298pp RIGHTS: World ex Aus CATEGORY: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction

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RELEASE DATE: 09/2019 ISBN: 9781925804287 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: HB, PB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Aus CATEGORY: Picture Book


THE THINGS WE CAN’T UNDO Gabrielle Reid Sam and Dylan are in love. They’ve been together for a year, so it’s nothing to be worried about when they leave a party for a bedroom. Right? Dylan discovers the effects of a bad misunderstanding, and will Sam make a decision she can’t take back? • A  n engaging, fast-paced read that tackles topical issues from more than one perspective. • E  xplores important themes such as consent, mental illness, suicide and social media. • A  contemporary story at a time when everyone’s talking about sexual assault.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2019 ISBN: 9781925736045 RRP (AUD): $19.95 FORMAT: PB, 346pp RIGHTS: World ex Aus CATEGORY: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction

SALIH

FRIZZLE AND ME

Inda Ahmad Zahri and Anne Ryan

Ellie Royce and Andrew McLean

Like a turtle, Salih carries his home on his back. He must cross a raging sea in search of a safe home. Salih paints his happiest memories and sends them as messages in bottles. Will someone find them and understand? Will Salih find a new home?

Who’s in your family? Frizzle and Me is the gently humorous story of a growing rainbow family. It’s a big deal when your family changes, but with plenty of love to go around, even the biggest changes can be wonderful!

• T  he book sheds a light on the plight of refugees and serves as a platform for discussing difficult world issues. • E  ducators will find the turtle shell a helpful visual metaphor to introduce conceptual understanding about refugees fleeing with their ‘homes’. • R  ich visual symbolism and connections to cultural identity.

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781925804638 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: HB, PB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Aus CATEGORY: Picture Book

• D  iverse characters, a rainbow family, and themes of diversity, inclusion and empathy. • T  he innovative use of non-gender specific child characters offers an opportunity for creative thinking and interpretation. • W  orks on many levels, from bedtime story to discussion text. • A  n award-winning illustrator and internationally published author.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781925804737 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: HB, PB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Aus CATEGORY: Picture Book

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HACHETTE AUSTRALIA www.hachette.com.au | Sarah Brooks | sarah.brooks@hachette.com.au

Hachette Australia is a team of expert publishers and passionate readers dedicated to discovering talented writers and working with them to craft exceptional stories. Hachette Australia selects the very best, whatever the genre — from high-quality commercial fiction to literary award-winners, children’s picture books to memoirs and history, lifestyle and sport.

THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PECULIAR PAIRS IN NATURE Sami Bayly Come along for another fresh take on the animal kingdom from bestselling author and illustrator, Sami Bayly. Discover 60 of the most peculiar pairs in nature and learn how plant and animal species rely on each other for their survival. • P  revious titles have sold in the UK, US, China, Russia and Israel. • T  his is a fresh take on the animal kingdom. Both educational and a beautiful work of art that will fascinate children.

THE CURIOSITIES Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie Miro sees the world differently, thanks to the Curiosities — creatures that nestle on his shoulder, whisper in his ear and show him a different way of seeing the world. These creatures make him stand out, but Miro soon realises that his Curiosities are a gift. • A  n inspiring story that celebrates creativity, curiosity and neurodivergence. • S  tunning artwork from illustrator Phil Lesnie, inspired by his Filipino heritage. • Z  ana Fraillon has won or been shortlisted for the Amnesty CILIP Honour, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

• A  s with The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, this will be beautifully packaged and designed.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9780734420046 RRP (AUD): $32.99 FORMAT: HB, 128pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Non-fiction Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9780734417848 RRP (AUD): $26.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book


SEASONS IN THE CITY Megan McKean Did you know springtime in Tokyo is cherry blossom season? Or that on the longest day of summer in Stockholm the sun stays up for 18 hours? Discover what different seasons look like in cities all around the world. • A  n accessible and beautifully illustrated introduction to different cities and customs across the world. • T  his gorgeous book will appeal to children and travellers of all ages. • F  ind out how a change in weather can inspire different occasions, celebrations and activities to enjoy all year round.

WEDNESDAY WEEKS AND THE TOWER OF SHADOWS Denis Knight and Cristy Burne Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She’d rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to rescue him. The first book in a new series that asks in a world of magic, can science save the day? • T  he first in an exciting new four book series featuring smart, opinionated and feisty protagonist Wednesday Weeks. • F  ast, funny and pacey, this is perfect for reluctant readers. • R  ights sold in Germany and Russia.

RELEASE DATE: 09/2021 ISBN: 9780734420442 RRP (AUD): $29.99 FORMAT: HB, 64pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Nonfiction Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9780734420190 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, 256pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade

WANDI Favel Parrett A dingo cub is snatched from his family and home by a giant eagle, then dropped, injured and alone in a suburban backyard. This is the beautifully woven story of Wandi, the most famous dingo in the world. Told with wonder and heart by one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers. A classic in the tradition of Storm Boy and The Call of the Wild. • A  Children’s literary classic in the making, written by award-winning author Favel Parrett. • F  avel has been recognised in many prestigious awards, including shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize. • W  ill appeal to all children with an interest in the animal kingdom, the environment and conservation.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9780734420633 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 256pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade

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HARDIE GRANT CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING www.hardiegrant.com/au/hardie-grant-childrens-publishing Joanna Anderson | joannaanderson@hardiegrant.com

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing is Australia’s largest independent children’s publisher, and the home of innovative, inclusive and entertaining books from tots to teens. With modern families and children at the core of everything we do, we have built our success on stories of kindness, diversity, resilience and courage.

THE UNDERDOGS: CATCH A CAT BURGLAR Kate and Jol Temple and Shiloh Gordon

TIM TE MARO AND THE SUBTERRANEAN HEARTSICK BLUES H. S. Valley

In Dogtown, crime is on the rise! The Underdogs (and one cat) will need to use their unique talents to solve mysteries and tackle crime. Highly illustrated, actionpacked, this hilarious series will engage even the most reluctant readers.

What happens when your enemy becomes your friend … with benefits? Red, White and Royal Blue meets The Magicians in this surprising, wildly original and joyously funny LGBTQ YA novel set in a magical boarding school.

• T  he first book in a hilarious, action-packed and highly illustrated series.

• T  here are a lot of queer rom-coms in the market, but none are like this: all the fun parts of a magical world, crossed with the giddy hedonism of the ‘honeymoon period’ of a new relationship.

• P  erfect new read for fans of Dog Man and Real Pigeons. • K  ate and Jol Temple are internationally award-winning children’s book authors (2020 Charlotte Huck Award).

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781760506780 RRP (AUD): $12.99 FORMAT: PB, 160pp RIGHTS: World ex North America, Germany, Italy, Spain CATEGORY: Junior Fiction

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• T  his own-voices LGBTQ novel is by H.S. Valley, the latest winner of the Ampersand Prize — the premier prize for debut authors in Australia and New Zealand.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781760508753 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 320pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult


WELCOME TO YOUR BOOBS Yumi Stynes, Dr Melissa Kang and Jenny Latham Whether your boobs are big, small, trans, weird, or not there at all, this frank, funny, age-appropriate guide covers everything there is to know about them. From the creators of the bestselling guide Welcome to Your Period! • T  his book covers everything you need to know about looking after your boobs, from brafitting and what’s normal to health checks and safe binding practices for nonfemale-identifying boobowners. • A  ge-appropriate content is pitched perfectly at the pre-teen and young-teen readership, while also being frank and factual.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2022 ISBN: 9781760507503 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 192pp RIGHTS: World ex UK CATEGORY: Non-Fiction

THE BOY WHO TRIED TO SHRINK HIS NAME Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name. What follows is a warm and uplifting story that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and highlights the power of friendship and community. • A  n engaging own voices story from debut author Sandhya Parappukkaran, with glorious illustrations from Michelle Pereira. • T  he narrative highlights the ways in which our names can be closely tied to our identities, and teaches readers how vital it is to correctly pronounce people’s names.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9781760509361 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex North America, UK CATEGORY: Picture Book

BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG Sally Rippin and Lucinda Gifford The perfect picture book for families welcoming new additions. First there was just Big Dog. And then, one day, Little Dog arrived … • A  beautiful and hilarious story about the ups and downs of welcoming a new family member. • B  estselling junior fiction author Sally Rippin steps back into picture books. • T  he perfect story for parents who are welcoming new additions. • H  eartfelt and funny tale celebrating blended families.

RELEASE DATE: 09/2021 ISBN: 9781760506117 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex North America CATEGORY: Picture Book

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LITTLE PINK DOG www.littlepinkdogbooks.com Lucy Wawrzyniak | lucy@exislepublishing.com

Little Pink Dog Books is an Australian independent publisher based in Armidale, New South Wales, specialising in picture story books for children. As a publisher its areas of focus include books on mental health, animal conservation, family and humour.

HECTOR AND HIS HIGHLAND DANCERS Anthony Sevil and Amy Calautti Mr McFowler is an Australian chicken breeder, but failed in showing a champion chicken … But the discovery of the chickens’ ability to dance leads to success in a very different arena to show judging. • A  n uplifting story about finding your talent and helping others to do the same! • S  hows young readers what dancing celebrations look like in different exciting places. • A  n entertaining and funny story that will delight both children and adults!

RELEASE DATE: 11/2020 ISBN: 9780648652892 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

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YES! NO. Kellie Byrnes and Gabriella Petruso Yes! Cheeky racoon smells delicious pie. No! The pie is out of reach … Follow the amusing adventure of an enterprising racoon as he engages in a rollercoaster struggle against all kinds of hilariously ridiculous odds. Does he win the pie? • A  graphic, fun-filled animal adventure story in a home setting, featuring a racoon’s attempts to steal a pie. • A  n accessible, picture-based story exploring themes of persistence, friendship and sharing. • A  fun, action-packed book for animal lovers.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9780648256397 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book


THE CAT THIEF

MONKEY MIND

Pat Simmons and Liz Duthie

Rebecca J Palmer

Olive would love to own a pet cat but her plan to steal one doesn’t seem to be working. Olive has another idea. Will she finally find the cat of her dreams? A humorous picture book for young children up to eight years old. • T  he perfect adventure for cat-lovers. • O  live is an endearing protagonist who just wants a cat of her own, and makes a few failed attempts to steal other peoples’ cats. • H  umorous and fun.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9780648964018 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

Piper wants to try lots of new things, but something always stops her — her monkey! Some monkeys are playful. Some monkeys are fun. Some are even helpful. Not Piper’s monkey. It’s VERY naughty! Everyone else can tame their monkeys. So why can’t Piper? • M  onkey Mind is a narrative picture book for parents, educators & health professionals. It is a starting point to address issues of anxiety for children. • A  learning resources for education with an extensive and professionally produced teacher’s notes on visual literacy and mindfulness.

RELEASE DATE: 11/2020 ISBN: 9780648256380 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

LOLA AND GRANDPA Ashling Kwok and Yvonne Low Every Sunday Lola visits her Grandpa. But then one day everything changes. Grandpa isn’t there anymore. Lola struggles to deal with the loss. But as time goes by Lola realises that Grandpa will always be with her — in her heart and in her memories. • A  reassuring story about death, which helps reveal ways of coping and accepting loss. • D  emonstrates how family bonds still remain by holding precious memories close.

RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9780648652809 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, Canada, ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

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MAGABALA BOOKS www.magabala.com | Natasha Solomun — The Rights Hive natasha@therightshive.com

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, we celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

BILLIE BLUE BIKE and the

n Ambeli lina Kwaymul

BILLIE AND THE BLUE BIKE Ambelin Kwaymullina Billie wants a blue bike and she asks her Mum to buy it for her — but her Mum has no money to spend on a bike. She asks Uncle Jack and he won’t give her the money either, but he will help her save up to buy the bike herself. • B  illie and the Blue Bike is a fun and engaging way to introduce young children to financial literacy knowledge. • S  ets out three dimensions of learning that underpin consumer and financial education: knowledge and understanding, competence, and responsibility and enterprise.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2021 ISBN: 9781925936124 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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THE EMU WHO RAN THROUGH THE SKY Helen Milroy Lofty, a young emu, desperately wants to win a big emu race but he is slow and clumsy — and his first race ends in disaster! But Lofty realises there is another way to win the race. He enlists the help of his Bush Mob friends. • E  mphasises the value of respect for First Nations culture and country, as well as the importance of courage, perseverance and wisdom to bind communities together.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9781925936018 RRP (AUD): $22.99 FORMAT: PB, 64pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book


SEA COUNTRY Aunty Patsy Cameron and Lisa Kennedy With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans. • I n this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania.

WELCOME, CHILD! Sally Morgan Welcome, child! is Sally Morgan’s beautiful and heartfelt celebration of the love we feel for a new child. Simple, elegant and adorable, this stunning board book is the perfect story to share as a family and the sweetest way to welcome a little one to the world. • F  ull of unconditional affection that will stand the test of time, this book is the perfect gift for a newborn and an absolute joy to read over and over again.

BINDI Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires and healing. Written from the point of view of 11 year old Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country. • W  inner, 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, Daisy Utemorrah Award. • S  hortlisted, 2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers. • S  hortlisted, 2021 Readings Children’s Book Prize. • W  inner, 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards, Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781925936032 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 40pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781925936025 RRP (AUD): $12.99 FORMAT: BB, 8pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Board Book

RELEASE DATE: 11/2020 ISBN: 9781925936667 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: HB, 144pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Fiction

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The featured cover artwork for this catalogue was produced by Lisa Kennedy for Sea Country (Magabala Books, 2021). Lisa Kennedy is a descendant of the coastal Pairebeenne/Trawlwoolway clan in North East Tasmania. She has always carried a deep love of sea and country and she finds her most meaningful work is to collaborate with Elders to visually express the often hidden voices of Ancestors and Country in a way that is accessible to many. Lisa is an award-winning illustrator and has created stunning artwork for Welcome to Country and Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, and Respect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson.

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MELBOURNESTYLE BOOKS www.melbournestyle.com.au/BooksMelbournestyle.html Maree Coote | mca@melbournestyle.com.au

Melbournestyle Books is a unique Australian independent publisher, specialising in beautiful children’s books with high-concept design and art themes, and a notable sense of place. All books are the product of author/ illustrator, Maree Coote, whose work is aimed at challenging children to engage with creative concepts.

AZARIA:

DOGOGRAPHY:

A TRUE HISTORY

THE AMAZING WORLD OF LETTER ART DOGS

Maree Coote What happens when the truth gets lost? Where wild animals and people meet, tragedy can strike. But when a tiny baby is stolen by a dingo, people simply cannot accept such a thing. Prejudice and gossip grip the nation, and the tragedy transforms into a fight for the truth. How did it all go so wrong? This is a true Australian story of innocence, ignorance, and the perils of mob thinking. • ‘An important story for children about one of Australia’s most dramatic miscarriages of justice.’ — The Hon. Justice Lex Lasry, AM. • ‘A modern day true fairy tale, cautionary and unforgettable. Essential reading for students of history and the law, young and old.’

RELEASE DATE: 02/2020 ISBN: 9780648568407 RRP (AUD): $29.95 FORMAT: HB, 48pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Children’s Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction

Maree Coote How do you spell DOG? In a brand new collection of typographic doggy delights this award-winning illustrator shows you a whole new way to spell your best friend. Each picture is created using only the letters that spell each dog’s name. Each page contains a key of the fonts used to help you find the letters that spell each portrait. Letter Art helps associate letters with words and images, and encourages letter-recognition, observation, spelling, and design skills. • M  aree Coote’s Letter Art has been described by CBCA, Kirkus Reviews NY, Publishers Weekly USA, Booklist Magazine USA and Foreword Reviews USA as: ‘funky’, ‘intriguing’, ‘eye-catching’, ‘inventive’ and ‘dazzling’.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2020 ISBN: 9780648568414 RRP (AUD): $29.95 FORMAT: HB, 28pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Children’s Non-Fiction, Dogs, Graphic Design

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PANTERA PRESS www.panterapress.com | Katy McEwen | katy.mcewen@panterapress.com

Pantera Press is an independent Australian book publisher and a social purpose business using their profits to fund literacy projects. They publish fiction and non-fiction, focusing on books that spark imagination, conversation and change.

YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD:

YOU CAN LIVE ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:

THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO A BETTER PLANET

THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO OPTIMISM

Lucy Bell

An action-packed book designed to teach kids easy activities and strategies to feel lighter, optimistic about the future, more confident, empowered and inspired to live a happy and healthy life.

A practical guide to give kids the tools to take action, empowering and inspiring them to make a difference in the world. Filled with activities and ideas, showing that small changes can make a big difference. • Beautifully designed accessible layout. • F  eature interviews with kids around the world who have made a difference. • P  ractical activities and ideas for kids to feel involved and engaged. • H  ighly awarded bestselling book in Australia and around the world.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2020 ISBN: 9780648748984 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: PB, 224pp RIGHTS: World ex UK and Commonwealth English, North American English, German, Spanish, Turkish, Afrikaans CATEGORY: Children’s Non-fiction

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Lucy Bell

• B eautifully designed accessible layout. • F  eatures interviews with kids from around the world who embody optimism. • P  erfect timing for kids impacted by lockdown and the pandemic. • P  ractical exercises and activities to engage kids and improve wellbeing.

RELEASE DATE: 11/2021 ISBN: 9780648677031 RRP (AUD): $29.99 FORMAT: HB, 224pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Children’s Non-fiction


NO WAY!

LOOK BOOK

ARKANAE:

Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall

A wonderful journey of discovery that will make you say ‘No Way!’. A beautifully designed book filled to the brim with facts, games and questions that will teach you the wildest and weirdest things about the world around you.

Do you see what I see? Dynamic and beautifully designed, Look Book is the interactive ‘this or that’ alphabet book that shows me one thing and you another! See if you can find a new way of looking at things.

MEDORAN CHRONICLES: BOOK 1

• B  eautifully designed and illustrated to attract attention. • F  ull of fascinating and informative facts and information. • P  erfect layout to encourage reading and learning.

• S  imple, clear but attractive design and layout. • A  different take on the alphabet encouraging thinking ‘outside the box’. • P  erfect size for little hands.

The first book in the bestselling Medoran Chronicles. Alexandra Jennings finds herself in a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Will Alex risk her entire world — and maybe even her life — to save Medora? • B  estselling Australian YA author. • T  hemes of friendship, loyalty and identity. • A  dventure series of six titles.

• C  hallenges and searches incorporated in the pages.

• S  trong author social media presence.

• H  umorous and fun.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9780648677024 RRP (AUD): $29.99 FORMAT: HB, 246pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Children ‘s Non-fiction

Lynette Noni

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9780648748809 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 60pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 02/2015 ISBN: 9781921997501 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 448pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult Fiction

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PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA www.penguin.com.au | Jordan Meek | jmeek@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

Penguin Random House Australia celebrates writers, stories and ideas that entertain, educate and inspire. From future classics to cherished favourites, they champion emerging voices and bring readers the highest-quality books from established, award-winning and bestselling authors.

PROMETHEUS HIGH

ALWAYS

Stuart Wilson

Morris Gleitzman

A hugely inventive, action-packed, fun and quirky — and occasionally dark — adventure for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant, Nevermoor or Frankenstein.

It’s 15 years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once and across six celebrated books, our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys. 2021 sees the publication of the seventh and final part of Felix’s story, bringing to a powerful climax a series that countless young readers around the world will remember — Always.

• T  he first book in an unputdownable new series by a debut author, for readers aged 10 and up who aren’t afraid of things that creak, creep or beep in the dark. • T  his hugely inventive tale shares a similar jaunty tone to Derek Landy’s Skullduggery Pleasant series and Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2022 ISBN: 9781761042256 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, eBook, 288pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Series

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• O  ver half a million copies sold across the Felix series worldwide! • B  ooks in the Felix series have won or been shortlisted for many awards, including winning a CBCA Award for Soon and most recently winning the Fiction for Years 7–9 category in the KOALA, YABBA and KROC Children’s Choice Awards for Maybe.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9780143793243 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, eBook, 240pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Series


FART AND BURP ARE SUPERSTINKERS Zoë Foster Blake and Adam Nickel What could be better than a Fart with a heart? A Super Fart of course! Wafting around with his stinky best friend Burp, Fart couldn’t be happier. But sometimes Burp wishes people wouldn’t say, YUCK and GROSS and PEE-YEW … Could being smelly ever be a force for good? A super stinker of a tale that proves anyone can be a hero. • W  ith sales of almost 100,000 copies of the hardback alone, No One Likes a Fart was a sales record breaker and a bookseller favourite. It won the ABIA Children’s Picture Book of the Year, and sales of the recently published plush toy and book box set are past 10,000 copies already.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781761043451 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, eBook, Audiobook Digital, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

THE RIGHT WAY TO ROCK

FRANKIE AND THE FOSSIL

Nat Amoore

Jess McGeachin

Without music, the world is just blah. That’s my take on life, anyway.

Frankie knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs.

When I hear that Principal Keiren plans to cut all of the arts classes at Watterson Primary, there’s no way me and my new mate Flynn are gonna let that happen.

But when she ignores a sign at the museum and is followed home by a friendly fossil, Frankie finds there’s more to dinosaurs than she ever imagined.

It’s time for Watterson: The Musical!

Frankie and the Fossil is an irresistible story about being heard … and finding your herd.

• A  third Watterson Primary book featuring a new hero character as well as cameos from characters readers already know and love. • N  at Amoore’s first book, Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire, was a runaway bestseller, and was followed in 2020 by The Power of Positive Pranking. Now comes a third story set in Watterson.  • A  great read for ages 8 and up.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781760897703 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, eBook, 352pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Fiction

• A  n exciting new talent in picture books, reminiscent of talents such as Oliver Jeffers, Gus Gordon and Anna Walker. Jess’ first two picture books, Fly and The Lost Library, have been a critical success! • A  funny, sweet story about friendship and finding the people you connect with, this is also an irresistible story about dinosaurs, a love song to museums and a wonderful fantasy adventure.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9781760898847 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, eBook, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA www.scholastic.com.au | Claire Pretyman claire_pretyman@scholastic.com.au

Scholastic is Australia’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. No one reaches kids, parents and teachers the way Scholastic does. They publish approximately 600 books a year, and in 2020, they represented approximately 40% of Australia’s bestselling children’s books. Their local imprints include Scholastic Press, Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia, Koala Books and Scholastic Australia licensed books.

THE NERD HERD Nathan Luff and Chris Kennett Individually they’re meek, mild and soft. But together, with their combined talents, they’re a herd. The Nerd Herd. • H  ilarious story about three misfits on a farm who want to move up the pecking order. • C  an Barny and his pals save the chickens from a fox? And will this give them the cred they want at the petting zoo farm? • A  warm-hearted underdog series with fresh and accessible two colour illustrations.

PARIS TAKES OVER THE WORLD: PARIS Kyla May and Zanni Louise Hi! I’m Paris. I write in my travel journal as I explore the world! Paris is ten years old and is off to visit her favourite city, PARIS! While she is there, she meets a girl named Amé lie who has lost her dog, Éclair. Can Paris help find the lost pup? • A  wonderful introduction to the world through Paris’s adventures. • F  ull of maps, bright illustrations, landmarks, and stamps. • I llustrated and co-written by well-known children’s author/illustrator Kyla May.

RELEASE DATE: 02/2021 ISBN: 9781760971069 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 144pp RIGHTS: World ex Poland CATEGORY: Fiction, Illustrated Series

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RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781743837412 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 128pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Fiction, Illustrated Series


STUNT KID SERIOUSLY STACKS IT!

THE GENTLE GENIUS OF TREES

PIG THE MONSTER

Jack Heath and Max Rambaldi

Philip Bunting

Be very afraid …

What could we clever humans ever learn from trees?

It’s Halloween and Pig is on a rampage for treats!

Levi is pretty sick of starring in Dad’s stupid TV show, Kid Kablam. Because Levi is the kid who gets KABLAMMED. Dad has one more scene planned — the most dangerous stunt so far.

Take an unashamedly anthropomorphic wander through the woods to learn a few life lessons from our foliaged friends.

Can Levi survive this final stunt without seriously stacking it?

• A  funny, forensic, forest of facts exploring the brilliance of trees, from photosynthesis, symbiosis and the wood-wide web.

• A  brand new comedy series from award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath.

• F  rom the author/illustrator of How Did I Get Here?, Who Am I? and Give Me Some Space.

• A  side-splitting tale about a quiet kid performing dangerous stunts for his wannabe director dad, with a surprisingly heartwarming conclusion.

• P  hilip Bunting continues to grow his appeal with funny fiction and nonfiction titles, and is a firm favourite in Australia and internationally.

• P  acked full of uproarious illustrations and funny design elements.

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781760970598 RRP (AUD): $17.99 FORMAT: PB, 336pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Middle Grade Fiction

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9781760975173 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex Netherlands CATEGORY: Non-fiction

Aaron Blabey

But don’t be stingy, because this greedy Pug has some terrible tricks up his sleeve … Another laugh-out-loud book from the #1 New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Blabey. • O  ver eight million Pig books in print! • T  rick or treat! Pig, the world’s greediest Pug, is back in time for Halloween, and he wants TREATS! TREATS! TREATS! TREATS! • H  ilarious new story filled with tricks, treats and devilish fun, guaranteed to make the whole family laugh out loud! • B  y the #1 New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Blabey.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781760979010 RRP (AUD): $17.99 FORMAT: HB, 24pp RIGHTS: World ex USA and Canada CATEGORY: Picture Book Series

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SCRIBBLE www.scribblekidsbooks.com Tess Cullity | tess@scribepub.com.au

Scribble, an imprint of Scribe Publications, is an award-winning publisher of vibrant, thought-provoking picture books. The common thread that runs through their list is one of radical joy, love, and exceptional art.

TOMORROW IS A BRAND-NEW DAY

KATERINA CRUICKSHANKS

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

A joy-filled cheer of appreciation for loud, trouble-making, outrageous girls.

An uplifting and healing book that every family needs in an era of overwhelming change. From creative superstars Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys comes a message of hope that we can depend upon and live by: bad days pass, and no matter what happens, we are deserving of love. • B  estselling team: All the Ways to be Smart has sold over 100,000 copies in English language alone! • P  romotes self-compassion and unconditional love: kids’ bad moods and poor behaviour are understandable — life’s hard sometimes! We’re loved no matter what.

Daniel Gray-Barnett

A boisterous tale of a little girl with an enormous personality finding her sense of belonging in the world. Brimming with humour and warmth, Katerina shows us there’s no such thing as being too much; it’s just a matter of finding the friends who will love you as you are. • M  ulti-award-winning author Daniel GrayBarnett is the internationally celebrated author/illustrator of Grandma Z, sold in over ten territories. • Striking colours will wow children and adults alike. • K aterina Cruickshanks sees this worldclass illustrator’s work reach new heights.

• S  pot colours create a unique palette. Textured over boards on cover.

RELEASE DATE: 11/2021 ISBN: 9781925849462 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK and ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 ISBN: 9781925713374 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK and ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book


THE SPECTACULAR SUIT

MR SHAHA’S MARVELLOUS MACHINES

A PAIR OF PEARS AND AN ORANGE

Kat Patrick and Hayley Wells

Alom Shaha and Emily Robertson

A buoyant and heartwarming celebration of individuality, identity, and dressing to suit yourself!

Transform and recycle household objects into home-made toys and machines!

An adorable story about making new friends and finding creative solutions to playground problems.

It’s almost Frankie’s birthday and everything is ready — except for something to wear. All her party dresses feel wrong. Her family tries to help but it’s no good. What Frankie longs for is a suit. A spectacular suit …

Learn about the centre of gravity by making a balancing bird, create a toroidal vortex with a smoke-ring machine, and turn a spoon into an electromagnet. This book is full of fun, accessible, lowcost projects. Everyone can be an engineer with the help of Mr Shaha!

• #  OWNVOICES: Author and illustrator are both nonbinary. This book offers children who don’t identify with traditional gender roles an opportunity to see themselves. • P  art of a growing and necessary list of genderdiverse picture books, including the muchacclaimed Juli án is a Mermaid, Worm Loves Worm and The Sissy Duckling.

• S  equel to highly acclaimed Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder by UK celebrity science teacher. • F  un and interactive illustrated book of experiments for budding scientists and engineers, which develops skills in all key STEM areas, using household and recycled objects.

Anna McGregor

Big Pear and Little Pear love playing together. But when Orange joins in, their games don’t work and Big Pear feels excluded. A kind-hearted tale about navigating friendship when three starts to feel like a crowd! • T  his playful and funny text tackles the evergreen childhood challenges of making friends, keeping them, and managing cliques, and comes up with some great solutions that kids can add to their skill set. • H  ilarious and relatable, this pitch-perfect text speaks straight to kids. • I mages pop off the page!

• A  lom makes science fun and easy for all families.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9781922310873 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, ANZ and Korea CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922310033 RRP (AUD): $27.99 FORMAT: HB, 64pp RIGHTS: World ex UK and ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 06/2021 ISBN: 9781922310750 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex US, UK, ANZ and China CATEGORY: Picture Book

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SMALL FRIENDS BOOKS www.smallfriendsbooks.com | Jenny Rosson (Marco Rodino Agency, Worldwide ex Europe) | jenny@marcorodino.com | Frank Chambers (Marco Rodino Agency, Europe) | frank@thefrcagency.com

The award-winning Small Friends Books series combines cutting-edge scientific research, rich narrative and beautiful illustrations to tell stories that describe symbiotic partnerships between microbes and larger life forms. Featuring microbes, molecules and mucus ... these science-adventure stories will entertain, engage and educate children aged 8–12 and curious minds of all ages.

THE FOREST IN THE TREE:

ZOBI AND THE ZOOX:

HOW FUNGI SHAPE THE EARTH

A STORY OF CORAL BLEACHING

Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti

Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti

A little fungus meets a baby cacao tree and they learn to feed each other. They cooperate with a forest of plants and a metropolis of microbes in the soil. But when drought strikes can they work together to survive?

With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady Zoox (zooxanthellae). As the coral bleaches, everyone begins to starve.

• A  beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, created in collaboration with soil scientists.

Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day?

• T  he story explains how trees and fungi connect to form a ‘wood wide web’.

• A  beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef.

• T  he story covers themes including: sustainability, symbiosis, decomposition and soil energy/matter cycles.

• T  he story contains accurate scientific text, created in collaboration with coral scientists. Engages children in the invisible world of microbes.

• T  eacher Notes available to support the use of this book in the classroom.

• W  inner of the 2019 Whitley Medal (the first time ever awarded to a children’s book!).

RELEASE DATE: 09/2020 ISBN: 9781486313310 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 48pp RIGHTS: World ex English, Chinese, Korean CATEGORY: Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 06/2018 ISBN: 9781486309603 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: HB, 44pp RIGHTS: World ex English, Chinese, Korean CATEGORY: Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book


THE SQUID, THE VIBRIO & THE MOON

NEMA AND THE XENOS:

Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti and Prof. Linda Blackall

Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti and Prof. S. Patricia Stock

A story about the symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the bioluminescent Vibrio bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight.

When a tree cries out in pain, some unexpected heroes come to the rescue. Nema and her gang of young nematodes (tiny worms) embark on a dangerous underground journey, accompanied by the Xenos, a group of wise but deadly bacteria.

• A  beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, created in collaboration with marine biologists. • E  ngages children in the invisible world of microbes. • T  he story covers themes such as food webs, scales of distance, adaptation, bioluminescence and circadian cycles. • T  eacher Notes available to support the use of this book in the classroom.

A STORY OF SOIL CYCLES

• A  beautifully illustrated science-adventure story created in collaboration with soil scientists. • E  ngages children in the invisible world of microbes. • T  he story covers themes such as life cycles, soil structure and ecology, chemical communication and relationships across scales of distance • T  eacher Notes available to support the use of this book in the classroom

RELEASE DATE: 02/2019 ISBN: 9781486309894 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 44pp RIGHTS: World ex English, Chinese, Korean CATEGORY: Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 02/2019 ISBN: 9781486312160 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 48pp RIGHTS: World ex English, Chinese, Korean CATEGORY: Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

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TEXT PUBLISHING www.textpublishing.com.au | Lara Shprem lara.shprem@textpublishing.com.au

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult titles. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the inaugural Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.

IF NOT US

THE BRINK

Mark Smith

Holden Sheppard

If Not Us is Mark Smith’s first standalone young adult novel following his hugely successful Winter trilogy. Hesse lives in a small coastal town, where a coalmine and power station are a part of the scenery, and a part of the ever-growing problem of climate change. When Hesse agrees to speak at a protest meeting, he has no idea of the storm he is about to unleash.

A group of teenagers heads for a remote island to celebrate the end of school, each with secrets, vulnerabilities and a particular brand of bravado. But things get out of hand when they find a body on the beach and fear brings a new dimension to their already complex relationships.

• If Not Us is an impassioned plea for climate change action that will inspire and empower. • T  he novel deals with a clash between environmental conservation and economic interests, and the importance of young people raising their voices for their future.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9781922330796 FORMAT: PB, 256pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

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• T  he new novel by an emerging star of young adult fiction. • T  he Brink is a dark and gritty young adult novel that tackles masculinity, sexuality, mental health, drug and alcohol use, relationships and sex.

RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 FORMAT: PB, 320pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction


SOCIAL QUEUE

THE GAPS

Kay Kerr

Leanne Hall

Zoe has just finished school and started an internship at a local newspaper. Her first assignment is to write about romance, but where to begin? Zoe hasn’t been in love. She doesn’t think anyone has ever even liked her. Zoe is soon to discover that she had missed the social queue.

When 16 year old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the school. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller. Based on true events, this compelling YA novel by award-winning Melbourne author Leanne Hall examines grief and guilt in the aftermath of a community tragedy.

• S  econd book from outstanding author Kay Kerr. • O  wn Voices story about autism, dating and the joy of growing up.

• A  powerful book about the fierceness of girlhood. • L  eanne Hall has won multiple awards for her middle grade and young adult writing.

THE HOTEL WITCH Jessica Miller Sibyl is the apprentice hotel witch at the Grand Mirror Hotel, where her spells don’t always go as planned. She keeps the guests’ shoes polished but her pastryrising spell has the eclairs rising up to the ceiling. When her grandmother, who won’t let her tackle any difficult spells, gets lost in last Tuesday on the thirteenth floor, it’s up to Sibyl to solve the problem of the stolen shadows and discover the right spell to return them. • J essica Miller has created a rich and original fantasy world that will delight young readers. • E  ncourages readers to use their imagination to solve problems.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9781922458018 FORMAT: PB, 288pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9781922330482 FORMAT: PB, 368pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

RELEASE DATE: 09/2022 FORMAT: 220pp RIGHTS: World ex North America CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Fiction

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UQP www.uqp.com.au Kate McCormack | kate.mccormack@uqp.com.au

UQP is one of Australia’s leading publishing houses. It won the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year 2021. Established in 1948 as a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Queensland, UQP has consistently produced culturally significant works across genres such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as children’s and young adult books.

MY BROTHER BEN Peter Carnavas Luke and Ben spend summer days by Cabbage Tree Creek, but when older brother Ben starts high school, the two start to drift apart. A timeless story of boats, birds and brotherly love that is bigger than the sky from an award-winning storyteller. • T  he second novel from beloved children’s author and illustrator Peter Carnavas, following The Elephant (14,000+ copies sold and huge international success). • S  trong pre-publication interest in My Brother Ben and UK rights sold to Pushkin Press. • ‘ For everyone whose brother is a hero, even if they don’t know it yet.’ — Morris Gleitzman.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9780702263330 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 192pp RIGHTS: US, Canada, Translation, Audio, Film/TV CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Fiction

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MINA AND THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD Sherryl Clark A powerful story about a young girl, Mina, who gives away what was meant to be her first very-own bedroom when her family take in a refugee boy. This illustrated novel explores friendship, territory and what it means to have a place to call your own. • A  ccessible for young readers, with verse format and illustrations that appeal to reluctant readers looking for a quality story. • A  story about making room for everyone across this big wide world.  • S  herryl Clark is an award-winning writer, editor and writing teacher with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and a PhD in Creative Writing.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9780702263231 RRP (AUD): $14.99 FORMAT: PB, 120pp RIGHTS: UK, US, Canada, Translation, Audio CATEGORY: Junior Reader, Fiction


HENRY HAMLET’S HEART

THE EDGE OF THIRTEEN

WHEN WE ARE INVISIBLE

Nova Weetman

Claire Zorn

Rhiannon Wilde Henry Hamlet is in his final high school semester and is only sure of his ability to make things awkward. Then he falls for the last person he imagined. A sparkling queer romance following Henry’s story of growing up, letting go, and learning to love.

Clem can’t wait to see her friends after a long summer apart. But when they get back together, things have changed. This authentic story of fitting in and falling out captures how it feels to balance on the edge of who you are and who you want to be.

In a nuclear winter, Lucy, Fin and Max flee the Sydney chaos and it seems their struggle to survive is over. So why can’t Lucy shake the feeling they’re still in danger? The heart-stopping sequel to Zorn’s acclaimed dystopian novel, The Sky So Heavy.

• A  funny book with cinematic dialogue and memorable characters — think Netflix’s Sex Education meets Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

• T  he novel is sure to resonate with tween readers as it expertly captures the embarrassment of puberty and fear of being left behind — think Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.

• T  he novel covers the themes of climate, survival, relationships, feminism, power and community in a realistic post-apocalyptic setting.

• M  anuscript was winner of the Queensland Literary Awards, Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer.

• N  ova Weetman is a wellloved industry figure and author. Her previous novel, Sick Bay, was highly acclaimed and sold over 10,000 copies in its first year.

• R  hiannon Wilde is an authentic new voice.

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9780702263149 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 328pp RIGHTS: UK, US, Canada, Translation, Audio, Film/TV CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

RELEASE DATE: 03/2021 ISBN: 9780702263125 RRP (AUD): $16.99 FORMAT: PB, 256pp RIGHTS: UK, US, Canada, Translation, Audio CATEGORY: Middle Grade, Fiction

• C  laire Zorn is a multiaward-winning author with a significant profile in trade and educational accounts. • T  he Sky So Heavy was a 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9780702263132 RRP (AUD): $19.99 FORMAT: PB, 320pp RIGHTS: UK, US, Canada, Translation, Audio CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

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WAKEFIELD PRESS www.wakefieldpress.com.au Michael Bollen | michael@wakefieldpress.com.au

Wakefield Press is a South Australian publishing house, celebrating 30 years. We publish approximately 30 titles plus reprints per year, and have a dedicated award-winning YA Fiction list, which includes Mallee Boys (CBCA Honour Book in 2018) and Making Friends with Alice Dyson (shortlisted for 2019 Readings YA Book Prize).

TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS: AN OLIVIA GRACE MYSTERY

ROAD TRIPPING WITH PEARL NASH

Lisa Walker

Poppy Nwosu

Quick-quipping ex-teen-PI Olivia goes undercover in Byron Bay to solve the mystery of a missing friend, with a stash of disguises, a nose for trouble … and her irresistible ex-boss on the case. Veronica Mars meets Elmore Leonard in this madcap sunshine noir.

Pearl Nash is on a road-trip to middle of nowhere, to save a dying friendship, when she’s landed with her too-charming nemesis as travelling companion, an AWOL nana and a series of obstacles. A gorgeous rom-com about friendship, family, love, loss.

• G  enre entertainment with serious themes, including timely messages about coercive control and women’s empowerment.

• P  oppy Nwosu’s debut Making Friends with Alice Dyson is published in America by Walker Books US.

• W  ith its snappy dialogue, pop-culture references and spot-on satire, this is seriously entertaining.

• F  eatures a hate-to-love romance with crackling chemistry and sparkling banter.

• B  yron Bay is a hub of international influencers, wellness culture and Hollywood celebrities — the perfect setting for escapist fun.

RELEASE DATE: 08/2021 ISBN: 9781743058442 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: PB, 250pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Young Adult

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• S  tunning setting of coastal desert Australia. • T  hemes include friendship and letting go, being your authentic self, discrimination and race, grief, and connection to place.

RELEASE DATE: 09/2021 ISBN: 9781743058435 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: PB, 260pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction


TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT

SNOW

INDIGO OWL

Gina Inverarity

Charlie Achbold

Poppy Nwosu

In a world gone wild, where the sun has disappeared behind clouds for good, Snow makes a promise to a hunter she isn’t sure she can keep. And then she runs. A dark and lyrical Snow White retelling set in a postclimate-change world, Snow is a fairytale of the future.

After Earth was destroyed by climate change and overpopulation, private corporations colonised new planets. Now the fertility of citizens is tightly controlled. Indigo Owl is a fast-paced dystopian adventure from author Charlie Archbold, winner of a 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers.

Impulsive Lottie — heavymetal fan, expert tomatogrower and frequent visitor to the principal’s office — vows revenge against her mortal enemy, good-girl Evelyn Tait, but things don’t exactly go to plan. A story about family, friends and embracing who you are. Even if that person is kind of weird. • P  oppy Nwosu’s debut book Making Friends with Alice Dyson is published in America by Walker Books US. • T  hemes include found and blended family, divorce, friendship, and love.

• A  retelling of Snow White in a post-climate-change apocalypse world. • ‘ Snow’s voice drew me in deep from the very first page and held me fast until the end. An evocative, powerful story full of heart and spirit.’ — Juliet Marillier, author of the Warrior Bards series.

• ‘A joyous and accessible read for fans of To All the Boys I Loved Before and 10 Things I Hate About You.’ — Books+Publishing.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2020 ISBN: 9781743056974 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: PB, 246pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

RELEASE DATE: 04/2020 ISBN: 9781743057001 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: PB, 208pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

• A  chilling view of an off-world mass exodus due to climate change, and a future ruled by corporations. • L  ike The Handmaid’s Tale and Children of Men, this is a dystopia where control of fertility stands for control of society.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2020 ISBN: 9781743057001 RRP (AUD): $24.95 FORMAT: PB, 208pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Young Adult, Fiction

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WALKER BOOKS AUSTRALIA www.walkerbooks.com.au | Linsay Knight Linsay.knight@walkerbooks.com.au

Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australian children for over 20 years and is recognised as a market leader in quality children’s books, publishing award-winning authors and illustrators. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. COVER NOT FINAL

WINSTON AND THE INDOOR CAT

PIANO FINGERS

Leila Rudge

Isla and Bea are two sisters who share a love of music. Big sister Isla plays the violin and Bea is waiting for her music to start. With the help of Maestro Gus, the cat ghost of the piano, Bea will make her sparkling debut.

Two very different cats — Winston, a freespirited explorer, and the Indoor Cat, lover of leisure — form a friendship and show each other how different their lives could be. Can the Indoor Cat be enticed by outdoor adventure? Will Winston be tempted by a life of indoor luxury? • A  delightful new picture book from the talented author/illustrator of Ted and CBCA Honour Book, Gary.

Caroline Magerl

• C  aroline Magerl is an award-winning picture book creator. • P  iano Fingers is a stunningly beautiful picture book about finding your creative spark.

• C  overs themes of belonging, likes/dislikes, home and making a new friend (even if you don’t share the same interests). • A  perfect read-aloud featuring Leila Rudge’s trademark soft and whimsical artwork with a gentle sense of humour.

RELEASE DATE: 10/2021 ISBN: 9781760652609 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 ISBN: 9781760652616 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book


SEREE’S STORY

Liz Anell and Christopher Cheng

Irma Gold and Wayne Harris

An old man and an old dog look after each other on their daily trip to the local park. Along the way they meet friends new and old who brighten their day in different ways.

Life in the jungle is good for young Seree and her mother until the day poachers come. Seree is forced to work in a circus far from the life she knows and is separated from her mother. Will they ever be reunited? An uplifting and thought-provoking tale about elephant conservation.

• P  erfect to demonstrate how important it is to integrate all ages of society into a community. • A  sweet story with an ambiguous narrator — it could either be the man talking to his dog or the other way around.

PEARLY AND PIG AND THE GREAT HAIRY BEAST

• A  poignant story by an active elephant conservationist that puts the spotlight on animal conservation and the plight of poached elephants in particular. • I nspired by the author’s own experiences with elephants in a sanctuary in Thailand, the story is loosely based on the story of a real mother and her calf that were recently reunited.

RELEASE DATE: 06/2022 ISBN: 9781760652395 RRP (AUD): $24.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 ISBN: 9781925126990 RRP (AUD): $26.99 FORMAT: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Picture Book

COVER NOT FINAL

COVER NOT FINAL

COVER NOT FINAL

OLD FELLOW

Sue Whiting and Rebecca Crane Pearly Woe is a worrier, she worries about everything. Pearly also has a special talent — she can talk to animals. But with her parents missing, her pet Pig pig-napped and Pearly a stowaway on an icebreaker heading for Antarctica, Pearly’s worries just got REAL. • P  early and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast is a fast-paced mystery and adventure novel for 8–10 year olds with lashings of fantasy and quirkiness. • T  he design will feature a large and accessible font, a dynamic illustrated cover and illustrated chapter heads.

RELEASE DATE: 03/2022 ISBN: 9781760653590 RRP (AUD): $15.99 FORMAT: PB, 208pp RIGHTS: World CATEGORY: Illustrated, Fiction

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WINDY HOLLOW BOOKS www.windyhollowbooks.com.au | Cristina Pase cristina@windyhollowbooks.com.au

Windy Hollow Books is an independent publisher of children’s picture books. Our focus is on strong stories and beautiful illustrations by established and emerging Australian authors and illustrators. In 2020 Windy Hollow Books won the BOP for Best Publisher Oceania Region.

A NEW PRAYER FOR THE ANIMALS

WONDERFUL SHOES

Mark Wilson

Wonderful Shoes is a joyful celebration of everyday play through the eyes of small children. Delightful verse and illustration shine a light on the fun to be had when little feet find big shoes.

A New Prayer for the Animals is a message of hope for animals across the world. With information on each animal and how it is threatened, it highlights the need to cherish and protect what we still have.

Emma Bowd and Tania McCartney

• Clever use of verse and onomatopoeia.

• S  tunning illustrations.

• Perfect read-aloud for young children.

• A  dditional non-fiction information.

• Celebrates creativity and childhood play.

• E  mpowering message.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2020 ISBN: 9781922081827 RRP (AUD): $26.99 FORMAT: HB, 36pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

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RELEASE DATE: 05/2021 ISBN: 9781922081988 RRP (AUD): $25.99 Format: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book


NOT SO BUSY BEE Ruth Waters Not So Busy Bee is not like all the other bees. While they are all busy, he spends his days smelling the flowers and counting the clouds. But today is Queen Bee’s birthday and what will happen when he has not collected as much pollen as all the other bees? • A  tale about friendship, thoughtfulness and slowing down.

ALL DOGS BARK

ALPHAKID:

Catherine Meatheringham and Deb Hudson

AN A–Z OF ANTICS

All around the world dogs bark in different languages. Travel the world and join in this noisy celebration of the different barks dogs make in different countries.

Tania McCartney Annoying and bored, creative and daring, AlphaKid is every kid. A humorous riff on the parent/child relationship using the alphabet and a day in the life of families. • H umorous.

• S  hining a light on different breeds of dogs.

• A  ppealing to adults and children alike.

• E  xploring different countries.

• A  n alphabet with a difference.

• N oisy read-aloud.

• F  ollow up to previous books Not So Scary Bear and Not So Quiet Mouse • E  mpowering message about being yourself.

RELEASE DATE: 04/2021 ISBN: 9781922081872 RRP (AUD): $25.99 Format: HB, 32pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 07/2021 ISBN: 9781922081353 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 28pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

RELEASE DATE: 11/2020 ISBN: 9781922081865 RRP (AUD): $25.99 FORMAT: HB, 28pp RIGHTS: World ex ANZ CATEGORY: Picture Book

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Publisher Contact Details Affirm Press 4 www.affirmpress.com.au Tash Besliev | tash.besliev@affirmpress.com.au

Berbay Publishing 6 www.berbaybooks.com Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke | alexandra@berbaybooks.com

Big Sky Publishing 8 www.bigskypublishing.com.au Emily Randle | emily@randleeditorial.co.uk

EC Press 10 www.elizabethmarycummings.com Elizabeth Cummings | hello@elizabethmarycummings.com

Era Publications 12 www.erapublications.com Rod Martin | rod@erapublications.com

Exisle Publishing (EK Books)

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www.exislepublishing.com Lucy Wawrzyniak | lucy@exislepublishing.com

Five Mile 16 www.fivemile.com.au Jessica Smith | jessica.smith@fivemile.com.au

Ford Street Publishing 18 www.fordstreetpublishing.com Paul Collins | intrights@fordstreetpublishing.com

Hachette Australia 20 www.hachette.com.au Sarah Brooks | sarah.brooks@hachette.com.au

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing

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www.hardiegrant.com/au/hardie-grant-childrens-publishing Joanna Anderson | joannaanderson@hardiegrant.com

Little Pink Dog 24 www.littlepinkdogbooks.com Lucy Wawrzyniak | lucy@exislepublishing.com

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Magabala Books 26 www.magabala.com Natasha Solomun | natasha@therightshive.com

Melbournestyle Books 29 www.melbournestyle.com.au/BooksMelbournestyle.html Maree Coote | mca@melbournestyle.com.au

Pantera Press 30 www.panterapress.com Katy McEwen | katy.mcewen@panterapress.com

Penguin Random House Australia

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www.penguin.com.au Jordan Meek | jmeek@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

Scholastic Australia 34 www.scholastic.com.au Claire Pretyman | claire_pretyman@scholastic.com.au

Scribble 36 www.scribblekidsbooks.com Tess Cullity | tess@scribepub.com.au

Small Friends Books 38 www.smallfriendsbooks.com Jenny Rosson (Marco Rodino Agency, Worldwide ex Europe) jenny@marcorodino.com Frank Chambers (Marco Rodino Agency, Europe) frank@thefrcagency.com

Text Publishing 40 www.textpublishing.com.au Lara Shprem | lara.shprem@textpublishing.com.au

UQP 42 www.uqp.com.au Kate McCormack | kate.mccormack@uqp.com.au

Wakefield Press 44 www.wakefieldpress.com.au Michael Bollen | michael@wakefieldpress.com.au

Walker Books Australia 46 www.walkerbooks.com.au Linsay Knight | Linsay.knight@walkerbooks.com.au

Windy Hollow Books 48 www.windyhollowbooks.com.au Cristina Pase | cristina@windyhollowbooks.com.au

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BOOKS FROM AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN ILLUSTRATORS AT WORK Join Australian illustrators as they keep alive the tradition of live Bologna illustrations online through studio tours, demonstrations, and celebrations of the Australian landscape in which they live and work. TIME (CEST)

ILLUSTRATOR

TIME (AEST)

9am June 14

Gregg Dreise

5pm June 14

3pm June 14

Jo Dabrowski

11pm June 14

9pm June 14

Anne Ryan

5am June 15

3am June 15

Briony Stewart

11am June 15

9am June 15

Kirrili Lonergan

5pm June 15

3pm June 15

Max Hamilton

11pm June 15

9pm June 16

David Woodland

5am June 16

3am June 16

Deb Hudson

11am June 16

9am June 16

Amy Calautti

5pm June 16

3pm June 16

Andrew McLean

11pm June 16

9pm June 16

Jess Racklyeft

5am June 17

3am June 17

Shane McGowan

11am June 17

9am June 17

Cheri Hughes

5pm June 17

3pm June 17

Bronwyn Bancroft

11pm June 17

Note: All sessions will run for 6 hours.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. APA Representative: Freddy Thompson For all general enquiries please contact freddy.thompson@publishers.asn.au

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Hello! From Australia - Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021 Australian Collective Catalogue  

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