PRESS RELEASE – IBBY Australia Announces Ena Noёl Award

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil, Hardie Grant Egmont is the winner of IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Encouragement Award in 2014.

unnamedMelissa 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


ICBD Quiz in Perth 2 April 2014

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
There will be raffles, games and fun galore during the evening.
BYO nibbles etc and drinks available at the bar.

2014 ICBD Perth

Details on the  flyer: IBBY ICBD QUIZ Perth 2014.

An Afternoon with Robert Ingpen

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.

Robert Ingpen Sydney 2014

  • 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
$35 non-member
Eventbrite - An Afternoon with Robert Ingpen
Details: ICBD with Robert Ingpen (pdf)

Congratulations on Australia Day Honours!

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.

Limited Edition prints by Shaun Tan and Bob Graham

IBBY Australia (Inc)

Limited Edition prints by 2008 and 2012 HC Andersen Australian Illustrator Nominees
Shaun Tan & Bob Graham
The perfect gift to celebrate a special occasion
Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Thank You or Farewell

For details about the prints see : Tan and Graham Limited Edition prints 2013 flyer
Splitting Image printers in Melbourne offer high quality and accurate Giclee prints
using light fast inks on archival papers
Contact:  Merchandise Convenor Tina Price on
to purchase and enquiries using PayPal.

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Australian Nominees for the HCA Award 2014

Children's author Nadia Wheatley

Children’s author Nadia Wheatley

IBBY Australia Inc is proud to announce its nominations for the prestigious biennial Hans Christian Andersen Awards for writing and illustration in 2014 – Ron Brooks for Illustration and Nadia Wheatley for Writing.

The HCA Award is the highest international recognition given to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. It honours the achievements of creators nominated by the over seventy national sections of the International Board on Books for Young People. The Award for Writing has been presented since 1956 and the Illustrator’s Award since 1966. Australia has made a number of past nominations and in 1986 was recipient of both awards – Patricia Wrightson for Writing and Robert Ingpen for Illustration.

Children's illustrator Ron Brooks

Children’s illustrator Ron Brooks

On the 25th March at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, IBBY announced that 60 nominations had been received from its member sections for the 2014 HCA awards. The international jury members will now start assessing the nominations and IBBY will announce the winners at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2014.

The Award, which consists of a gold medal and a diploma, will be presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress which will be held in Mexico City in 2014. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the Patron of the Awards. Since 2009, Nami Island Inc. from the Republic of Korea has been the generous sponsor of the Andersen Awards.
Australia’s 2014 nominees are well-known both in Australia and in international children’s publishing:

Ron Brooks is an artist who works across a range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking and illustration. In the forty years he has been making children’s books he has won many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award (three times), and is published in many languages around the world. Two of his earlier books, The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek (1973) and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat (1977), both written by Jenny Wagner, are widely recognized as the books that introduced Australian picture books onto the world scene. Three of his more recently acclaimed books are Old Pig (1995), Fox (2000), and The Dream of the Thylacine (2011), all written by Margaret Wild and published by Allen & Unwin. His memoir Drawn from the Heart, published by Allen & Unwin (2010), explores both the joy and pain of the creative process. More recently, The Coat, written by Julie Hunt, was published by Allen & Unwin (2012), and Margaret Wild’s On the Day You Were Born will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2013. He lives in the Huon Valley, in Tasmania.

Nadia Wheatley writes for both adults and young people. Her award-winning books cover the genres of fiction, history, biography and picture books, and reflect her commitment to social justice. Nadia’s first book, Five Times Dizzy, was often described as the first multicultural children’s book in this country. With Donna Rawlins she created one of the most enduring classics in our literature – the multigenerational picture book My Place (1987). Her novels for teenagers have been equally influential with The House That was Eureka (1985) (being re-released this year as a Text Classic), The Blooding (1987), and Vigil (2000) each published by Penguin. During the period 1998-2001 Nadia Wheatley and artist Ken Searle worked as consultants at the school at Papunya (an Aboriginal community in the Western Desert, Northern Territory). As part of their work, they helped forty Indigenous staff and students produce the multi-award-winning Papunya School Book of Country and History (Allen & Unwin). In 2005 Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle developed an innovative Harmony project with children from Muslim, Catholic and state schools in Sydney’s south-west. Examples of the students’ writing and art are included in the picture book Going Bush (Allen & Unwin), which is illustrated and designed by Ken and has a narrative text by Nadia. Her vast children’s history Australians All (Allen & Unwin) is due for release shortly. She resides in NSW.
For further information contact: Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Chair, HCA Sub-Committee of the IBBY Australia Inc Committee


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