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Check out Ellie O'Neill's new website!

September 12, 2014

Ellie O’Neill has launched a new website to celebrate the release of her debut commercial fiction title ‘Reluctantly Charmed’ published by Simon and Schuster Australia this October.

As part of the launch the Irish tourist board is offering the chance to WIN a free trip to Ireland – simply purchase the book and send them the receipt.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' comes to life on Story Box Library

September 12, 2014

Have you heard about the Story Box Library?

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia’s finest storytellers.

And… Story Box Library now features ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ being read by illustrator Ann James. We are thrilled about this promotion of Janeen Brian and Ann James’ picture book and hope you enjoy watching.

What is Story Box Library?

“We’d like you to think of it as an online ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit.

Our main intention? To deliver the precious experience that sharing a book entails. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and encouraging the practice of storytelling – inspiring young imaginations to soar.

We connect children with literature through the complementary medium of film. Story Box Library provides a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of everyday Australian storytellers – sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, with varying accents and from different cultures – each sharing past and present book titles. The result is meaningful, entertaining readings that focus on both teller and tale.

Use it as a bedtime tale, a facilitator for discussion in the classroom, or a read aloud model – the choice is yours. No matter what the reason for your visit to Story Box Library, we help children journey to that most uniquely precious place; the wilds of their own imagination.” – Story Box Library website

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur delivers 'extreme joyousness' in the Kirkus Review

September 05, 2014

Who has a starred Kirkus Reviews? The Dirty Dino that’s who! Congratulations to Janeen Brian, Ann James, Penguin Books Australia and Kane Miller for publishing ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ into the US.

Here’s a snippet of the review:

KIRKUS REVIEW

“This Australian import cries out for toddler participation, with parts for everyone.

The little dinosaur—an outline sketch of a creature drawn with multicolored pencil—rejoices in total mudlusciousness with a vigorous chant…

It is nearly impossible to look at without reading aloud, chanting aloud, and even tapping and stamping and sliding: extreme joyousness. (Picture book. 4-7)”

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James awarded CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book 2014

August 15, 2014

A huge congratulations to Janeen Brian and Ann James for their CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book Award for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur published by Penguin Books Australia.

The perfect creative team. Watch Janeen and Ann in action talking about the inspiration behind I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

View all of the Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Winners here

and a sequel…

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Clare Wright's 'The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka' shorlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards

August 15, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Stella Prize Winner, Clare Wright, has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. We would also like to congratulate the other shortlisted authors in this section: Joan Beaumont, Ian Clark and Fred Cahir.

MEDIA RELEASE: STATE LIBRARY OF NSW

Shortlists announced for 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards 11/8/2014

The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird MP today [Monday 11 August] announced the shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Eight judges considered almost 150 entries across the five prize categories. The Premier commented: “This year’s World War One commemorations are a time to reflect upon our nation’s involvement in the war and a reminder of the importance of the work of historians in marking and understanding our nation’s past.”

2014 SHORTLIST

Australian History Prize
Judges: Professor Richard Waterhouse (Chair), Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Associate Professor James Curran and Dr Jennifer Lawless.
• Broken Nation, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
• The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives, edited by Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (CSIRO Publishing)
• The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)

To read the full media release, shortlist and judges’ reports please visit the NSW Premier’s History Awards website here

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The War That Changed Us: TV mini-series written by Clare Wright.Starts August 19 on ABC.

August 15, 2014

The epic story of Australia and the First World War is revealed through the lives of five Australians and their transformative journeys through conflict on the battlefront and on the home front in this powerful new series.

Written by Clare Wright, Stella Prize winner for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text Publishing) and Don Featherstone.

Starts August 19 on ABC

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'Baby Animal Farm' in New York Times: Board Book Roundup II

July 28, 2014

‘Baby Animal Farm’ written and illustrated by Karen Blair has been promoted as 1 of 5 top Board Books selected by the New York Times!

New York Times Board Book Roundup II

The Review:

BABY ANIMAL FARM
Written and illustrated by Karen Blair
16 pp. Candlewick. $6.99. (Board book; ages 1 to 3)

“In this sweet Australian import, five little children gambol and tromp around the countryside, feeding lambs, tickling kids (the four-legged kind), and patting and cuddling piglets and kittens. Blair, whose watercolors will appeal to fans of Helen Oxenbury, has a keen eye for toddlers’ expressions and gestures, making this book as much about the appeal of young humans as young animals. In a couple of places, her choice of words (“Nom, nom, nom” for “Yum, yum, yum”; “Home time now”) may sound foreign to adult American ears, but it’s nothing that will bother a baby.” – New York Times.

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Meet Ellie O'Neill author of a new novel 'Reluctantly Charmed'

July 16, 2014

We’ve got a teaser for you today! Simon & Schuster Australia have selected a number of bloggers to receive an advanced copy of Ellie O’Neill’s novel, Reluctantly Charmed. They’re teasing them by holding back the cover so one lucky blogger can do a reveal, but in the meantime, here is the video teaser for you:

There’s a blog tour about to start and key bloggers are already reading and posting about the advanced copy:

Teaser Tuesday: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill
Write Note Reviews

Saturday Sneak-Peek: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill
Book Muster Down Under

Mailbox Monday 7/7/14
Sam Still Reading

Reluctantly Charmed…
Kathryn’s Inbox

If you are excited about this book why not tweet about it! #ReluctantlyCharmed

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Lovely reading of WITH NAN by Tania Cox and Karen Blair #PlaySchool

June 27, 2014

CBCA Shortlisted title for 2014 “With Nan” written by Tan Cox and Karen Blair was the feature title on Play School’s new weekday series encouraging children to get up and be active.

Through play, dance and drama the presenters and toys invite preschoolers and their families to explore and develop the skills of body movement and action.

“With Nan” was the perfect choice as the story follows Simon and his Nan as they take a walk through the bush – along the way finds out that things are not always what they seem…

This simple story about camouflage is brought to life with the beautiful illustrations by Karen Blair.

Go on, treat yourself!
(the reading is 27 mins through the show)

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Billy is a Dragon: First Bite book review

June 27, 2014

We are sharing an excellent book review of the first ‘Billy is a Dragon’ title ‘First Bite’ by the author/illustrator duo Nick Falk and Tony Flowers.

Mummy ate Me blog writes…

“The obsession started when Wild Man (aged 5) saw an extract of it in Mania magazine. We read the extract over and over and over again until I finally admitted that, even though we have more books in our house than we can manage, anyone who can get that excited about a single chapter of a book deserves to own the whole thing.

So Wild Man and I bought Billy is a Dragon (the children’s marketing strategist in me was thrilled to see how well an extract can work as a marketing tool!) and settled down to read the first chapter.

We ended up reading the whole book in a single day. Pretty impressive because it is 16 chapters long.

A week later my aunt minded Wild Man and she read him the whole book in a SINGLE SITTING.

Even for grown-ups Billy is a Dragon is cool and really funny.

The premise behind the book is simple… Billy’s Mum takes him to a mysterious pet shop (always a mistake) to choose something for his birthday and Billy gets bitten by a strange looking lizard. You can guess what happens next…

The most hilarious chapter by far (and the one featured in the infamous extract) features Billy, in the toilets at school, trying to hide the fact that he is morphing in to a dragon and desperately worried that he is going to end up naked in from of his class mates. It is brilliant.

The story is great – exciting, funny, fast paced, and totally crazy. The end of the book makes it very clear that this is just the first book in a series and all I can say is thank goodness for that.

This is definitely going to be our ‘go to’ birthday present this year.

I love the way the illustrations are part of the text and it is clear that Nick Falk and Tony Flower worked closely to get the mix right. That, plus the whole page illustrations throughout the book, makes the text much less visually intimidating than books with pages full of words and I’m sure that it would work well for reluctant readers.

Its also really great for motivating a 5-year-old who are learning to read…”

Visit Mummy Ate Me Blog

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