Australian nominees for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Announced

IBBY Australia Inc is thrilled to announce that Australian nominees for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards are: URSULA DUBOSARSKY (WRITER) and BRONWYN BANCROFT (ILLUSTRATOR). Both are esteemed creators with international profiles. IBBY announced the names of 28 writers and 29 illustrators from 34 countries nominated for these prestigious awards on 30 March at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.

Ursula Dubosarsky (1961-) was born into a family of writers in Sydney where she graduated from Sydney University in 1982. After travel and a year on a kibbutz in Israel, she returned to Australia and published her first picture book for children, Maisie and the Pinny Gig in 1989. Then came a succession of novels for older children including The First Book of Samuel (1995), for which she wrote a sequel, Theodora’s Gift (2005). Other novels range from the fantasy of The Game of the Goose (2000) to the experimental surrealistic work Abyssinia (2001); and the historical young adult fiction of The Red Shoe (2006) and The Golden Day (2011). Dubosarsky has also produced a great range of illustrated books in collaboration with several distinguished Australian illustrators.

Over a 25-year period of continued publication, she has won nine national literary prizes, including five New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, more than any other writer in the Awards’ history. Her books have been frequently shortlisted and Honour Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, winning the Book of the Year Award in 2011 for The Return of the Word Spy. In 2013 she was inducted into the Speech Pathology Australia Hall of Fame for services to children’s speech and literacy. Her international profile is impressive – many of her works have been published in the UK and the USA, and have also been translated into several European languages and also into Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015. International honours include: IBBY Honour Book List 2014 and a Luchs (Lynx) Award for Children’ Literature for The Golden Day; a YALSA Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults Nomination 2010 for The Word Snoop; inclusion in the International Youth Library (IYL) White Ravens International Catalogue 2007 for The Red Shoe and 1996 for The First Book of Samuel. Among recent notable achievements: Too Many Elephants in the House! was chosen for Australia’s National Simultaneous Storytime in May 2014; The Red Shoe was selected for the Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia program; and a commission to create a story for national retailer David Jones’s 2014 iconic Christmas window display. Three of her books have also been adapted for theatre: The Red Shoe; The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House!. She is one of Australia’s foremost writers for young people.

Bronwyn Bancroft (1958–) is an acclaimed Aboriginal artist. She is a descendant of the Djanbun clan of the Bundjalung nation. Born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, and trained in Canberra and Sydney, Bancroft has worked as a fashion designer, artist, book illustrator, and arts administrator throughout a long and very industrious career. Her diverse artistic practice includes public art commissions, imagery design for private commission, and both authoring and illustrating children’s books. Bancroft began illustrating children’s books in 1993, with artwork for Diana Kidd’s The Fat and Juicy Place which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year and won the Australian Multicultural Children’s Book Award. She illustrated the third edition of Stradbroke Dreamtime (1993, 1972) by Indigenous activist and writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Bancroft has since contributed artwork for over 20 children’s books, including some by prominent Australian writer and artist Sally Morgan, whom she regards as a mentor and friend. These include Dan’s Grandpa (1996), Sam’s Bush Journey (2009) and The Amazing A–Z (2014). Bancroft has also created a number of children’s books in her own right, including An Australian 1 2 3 of Animals and An Australian ABC of Animals. Her art has also appeared in the publications of a number of other individuals and organisations, including as cover art for books. Bronwyn illustrated Diane Wolkstein’s adaptation Sun Mother Wakes the World: An Australian Creation Story (2004) published by HarperCollins New York, and named in the New York Public Library’s annual list Children’s Books 2004–100 Titles for Reading & Sharing. Her latest work is a collaboration with her son Jack Manning Bancroft The Eagle Inside (2015). In 1994 she was the Australian candidate for the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children’s Book Illustration. In 2009 Bancroft received the Dromkeen Medal for her contribution to children’s literature. Bronwyn Bancroft’s artistic contributions have been extraordinarily diverse and highly influential.

The winners of these awards will be announced at Bologna in 2016 and presented at the IBBY Congress in Auckland, in August that year.

For further details contact:

Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright (Chair HCA Australia Sub-Committee)
IBBY Australia Inc c/- PO Box 329 Beecroft NSW 2119



Queenslanders invited to International Children’s Book Day celebrations

IBBY Australia Inc. and Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Committee are celebrating International Children’s Book Day with a special event.

Join us at the Gladstone City Library for an exciting professional development opportunity for teachers and librarians, for interested parents, and for anyone interested in children’s literature.

Where: Gladstone City Library, 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone QLD 4680
When: Thursday 23 April 2015 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Cost: $15 per person
RSVP:  07) 4976 6407

Acclaimed storyteller, Bettina Nissen will explore the IBBY theme “Many Cultures, One Story” by telling several versions of the same folk tale.
Robyn Sheahan-Bright will speak about her work with IBBY and will reprise an illustrated paper What’s Wrong with the Wobbegong? Across Borders: the Inclusive and Multinational Work of Gregory Rogers, which she delivered at the IBBY Congress in Mexico City, in 2014

Flyer for further details

International Children’s Book Day Quiz in Perth

If you find yourself in Western Australia celebrating International Children’s Book Day why not join in the fun of the IBBY Quiz?

Perth and Tattersalls Bowling Club
2 Plain Street, East Perth
Wednesday 22 April at 6:30pm
Cost $15 per person, BYO nibbles



ICBD2015 Western Australia

Meet Isobelle Carmody at International Children’s Book Day event in Sydney

IBBY Australia invites you to celebrate International Children’s Book Day in Sydney with special guest speaker Isobelle Carmody with a talk entitled ‘Travels with the Crow’. Picture of Isobelle Carmody

Saturday, 28th March 2015 from 2 pm

Santa Maria del Monte School, 59 The Boulevarde (cnr Carrington St), Strathfield NSW

Books will be available for sale and signing and a gourmet afternoon tea is included. $30 IBBY member/concession $35 non-member

Event flyer with full details. Eventbrite - An afternoon with Isobel Carmody

Maurice Saxby Memorial 19 January 2015

Join The CBCA NSW Branch, IBBY and many others remembering Maurice Saxby in a celebration of his amazing life.

Monday 19 January 2015, The Great Hall, Sydney University

5 for 5.15pm, bookings are essential to assist in accommodating all who wish to attend. There is no cost.


Vale Dr Maurice Saxby AM – Children’s Literature Champion

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dr Maurice Saxby AM. Our friend Maurie passed away yesterday.  He was a great champion of children’s literature, serving twice on the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and was the first life member of IBBY Australia.  He was the first National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and remained associated with the CBCA for more than 60 years. He was Patron of the Aora Children’s Literature Research Centre NSW Inc.

Maurie was honoured with many awards in his lifetime including among them Member in the Order of Australia (AM); the Pixie O’Harris award for distinguished service to children’s books by the Children’s Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers’ Association; a Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney for his unwavering dedication to Australian children’s literature; life membership of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia for his influence and contribution to the teaching of English in Australia; the Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in New South Wales from the CBCA NSW; a Citation and the Nan Chauncy Award from the CBCA and the Dromkeen Medal.

Annual General Meeting – Thursday 6th November 2014

The Annual General Meeting of IBBY Australia Inc will be held on Thursday, 6th November at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft NSW at 7:30pm.

Program: [PDF]

  • 7.00 pm arrive, pre-meeting drinks
  • 7.30 AGM of IBBY Australia, including elections and presentation of the 2014 IBBY Honour List certificate for Writing to Ursula Dubosarsky and her publisher Allen & Unwin
  • 8.00 pm Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright “What’s Wrong with the Wobbegong? Across Borders: the Inclusive and Multinational Work of Gregory Rogers”
    Dr Robin Morrow “Mixed Messages: Australian picture books about refugees, more hospitable than our political discourse” [both papers first delivered at the Mexico World Congress]

Entry free but RSVP essential, to the bookshop, phone 02 9481 8811 or
Financial members only are eligible to vote and have already received their formal notice of the AGM and proxy forms if they are unable to attend.


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