The Reading Hour will take place on Tuesday 19 August 2014 from 6pm–7pm.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil, Hardie Grant Egmont is the winner of IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Encouragement Award in 2014.
Melissa Keil’s debut novel arrived on the YA scene with a refreshing, individual style which has impressed not only its target audience but also readers across generations.
The narrator, Sam, budding horror-filmmaker, has a tightknit group of high school friends who are anything but cool: disarmingly naïve, their lives focus on movies and gaming. Their ‘nerdy’ lives are turned upside down when new student Camilla befriends them. Her zest for life, her worldliness yet naive, undemanding friendship and her personal warmth, wreak wonderful havoc on Sam, Mike (who has come out as gay only to the close group), Adrian and Allison, forcing them to lurch unprepared into new and disconcerting life experiences. Keil has a superb knack of capturing the teenage ‘cringe’ factor: the beach picnic episode is a laugh-out-loud account of awkwardness and developing confidence.
Keil achieves a successful balance through the novel, interweaving serious issues through the otherwise humorous narrative. Readers are acutely aware from early in the novel that Sam’s family is about to fall apart, and the resulting climax is heartfelt and poignant.
The ingenuous style of this novel makes it highly readable and amusing. The judges unanimously agreed that Life in Outer Space is a worthy winner of IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Encouragement Award, and congratulate the writer on her success. Information about the award, and a list of former winners can be found at on the website and further queries can be directed to National President, Dr Robin Morrow AM
If you can’t make it to Sydney for an afternoon with Robert Ingpen to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, why not come along to the IBBY International Children’s Book Day Quiz in Perth, WA!!
Where: Perth and Tattersalls Bowling Club 2 Plain St, Perth
When: Wednesday, 2nd April – HC Andersen’s birthday – from 6.30 for 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Quizmaster: Glenn Swift Cost: $10 per person
Book your table of 8 by 31st March.
RSVP Jenni Woodroffe firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be raffles, games and fun galore during the evening.
BYO nibbles etc and drinks available at the bar.
Details on the flyer: IBBY ICBD QUIZ Perth 2014.
IBBY Australia invites you to celebrate International Children’s Book Day with world-renowned illustrator Robert Ingpen. Robert is the only living Australian to have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest accolade in the world of children’s literature. This is a rare opportunity to hear Robert speak about the many books he has created, and the experience of winning the HCA.
- When: Saturday, 5th April 2014 from 2 pm
- Where: Santa Maria del Monte School, 59 The Boulevarde (cnr Carrington St), Strathfield NSW
- Books for sale and signing
- Gourmet afternoon tea
$30 IBBY member/concession
Details: ICBD with Robert Ingpen (pdf)
It is with great pride and pleasure IBBY Australia Inc toasts our National President, Dr Robin Morrow on the announcement by the Office of the Governor General on the 26th January, 2014 of her award of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to children’s literature , and through leadership roles in a range of professional associations.
Further details are available on the Governor General’s website.
IBBY Australia (Inc)
Limited Edition prints by 2008 and 2012 HC Andersen Australian Illustrator Nominees
Shaun Tan & Bob Graham
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For details about the prints see : Tan and Graham Limited Edition prints 2013 flyer
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