ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR LITERATURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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Entries for the Australian IBBY Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature, the Ena Noël Award are now open. Publishers are invited to submit entries for this prestigious Australian Children’s & Young Adult literature Award.

Books by Australian creators published in the two years prior to the particular closing date 30th November 2017 can be nominated by the publishers for the Ena Noël award. The nominated creator must be under the age of 35 at the time the title (or titles) for which they are nominated was published.

The Ena Noël Award – to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators has been a significant identifier of talented authors and illustrators since inception in 1994.
Please see the link  for more details on previous recipients. Information and entry forms for the award are available from the coordinator.

Contact:
Claire Stuckey coordinator
2017-2018 Ena Noël Award

Email: troislouise3@gmail.com
Phone : 0416061474

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IBBY Australia Honour Books showcase refugee stories

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IBBY Australia proudly announces its biennial Honour Books for 2018. Many Australian authors and illustrators for young people have a deep concern for the plight of refugees. It happens that the two books selected, one for excellence in Writing, one for excellence in Illustration, treat themes of migration and the search for a safe place.

For Writing: The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, Lothian Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Australia.

Subhi is a refugee of Rohingya origin, born in an Australian permanent detention centre, and life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, fed by The Night Sea, the faraway whales and the birds.

 One night Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl, appears from the other side of the wires, bringing a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family’s love songs and tragedies. 

Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, but not until each of them has been braver than ever before. The writer succeeds—mostly through Subhi’s first-person narrative —in presenting the claustrophobic world of the detention camp, with its tedium and heartbreak, major and petty cruelties and unexpected humour. The reader is left pondering themes of hope, freedom, friendship, memory and the power of stories.

Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, studied history and became a primary teacher.  She has written picture books for young children, a series for middle readers, and No Stars to Wish On, about a boy taken from home and put in an orphanage. Her most recent book, The Ones That Disappeared, tells of trafficked children searching for freedom. The Bone Sparrow has featured on a number of awards lists in Australia and overseas, including the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017, for which a judge wrote: ‘The characters are sharply observed throughout and, in Subhi, Zana Fraillon has created an unforgettable voice’.

For Illustration: Teacup by Matt Ottley (text by Rebecca Young), Scholastic Press

Teacup is the story of a boy ‘who had to leave home’ and his long and arduous journey by sea, bringing with him only a book, a bottle, a blanket and a teacup full of earth from the place where he grew up. The journey includes peaceful days, and days when storms threaten to overturn his boat. When at last he reaches land, it does not feel complete . . . until another traveller joins him. Matt Ottley has crafted images of this transformative journey, using a combination of oil paintings and digital art. He has brought dramatic and luminous skyscapes and seascapes, skilful changes in perspective and studies of reflection to the spare, poetic text to create an eloquent tale of migration. The symbols of the teacup, the soil and the tree that grows from it will evoke recognition in many readers.

Matt Ottley was born in Papua New Guinea, moved to Sydney as a child, and worked as a stockman in Queensland before finally studying fine arts and music. In addition to being one of Australia’s most highly regarded children’s book creators, he is also a musician and composer. He has illustrated over 20 children’s books, including Luke’s Way of Looking (text Nadia Wheatley); Requiem for a Beast: a Work for Image, Word and Music (text Matt Ottley); Home and Away (text John Marsden); and Tree: A Little Story about Big Things (text Danny Parker). Teacup was winner of the Patricia Wrightson Award 2016 (NSW Premier’s Awards).

Every two years an Advisory Panel of three children’s literature experts makes the selection from all books published in the period. These outstanding books become Australia’s representative books in a travelling exhibition of about 150 international titles. The exhibition will be shown at the IBBY Congress in Athens in 2018, at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and in many other countries.

Contact:

Dr Robin Morrow AM

National President

IBBY Australia Inc

Email: robin.morrow@wordsandphrases.com.au

Tel: +61 (0)2 9484 1904                                                                     10 October 2017

Australian nominees for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

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ANNOUNCING THE AUSTRALIAN NOMINEES FOR THE IBBY 2018 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARDS FOR CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH LITERATURE

IBBY Australia Inc is thrilled to announce that Australian nominees for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards are: David Metzenthen for Writing and Jeannie Baker for Illustration.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books. Every other year IBBY presents the Award to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The Author’s Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrator’s Award since 1966.

IBBY Australia Inc is grateful for the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund in supporting these nominations.

The list of each national section’s nominees will be announced at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair in 2017, winners announced at Bologna in 2018, and awards presented at the biennial Congress in Istanbul, in September 2018.

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IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award 2016 Announced

IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Award is an encouragement award for a young, emerging writer or illustrator. The panel of three judges is happy to announce that this year’s winner is: Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon (Allen & Unwin).

Year 9 student Clementine Darcy is finding life challenging. Her friends want her to diet and exercise more, to emulate fashion models; her brother has become a recluse and locks himself in his room; her mother is preoccupied with being a high profile lawyer; and her beloved older sister is not as perfect as Clementine had thought. And then there’s a new male student who is odd and secretive and somehow makes her question many assumptions.

Writing Clementine is a refreshing and multi-layered story about the lives of believable young people. Although set in North West Tasmania, it could be anywhere in regional or suburban Australia. Kate Gordon writes with insight, sensitivity and humour; her fluid style keeps the reader fully involved in Clementine’s story, as she deals with such
problems as female friendships and bullying, and enjoys embarking on new ventures—a burgeoning romance, and the world of steampunk. Clementine declares that she wants ‘to swim, not float like a dead fish’. Many readers will enjoy following her emergence as she learns to do just that.

See the press release for full details.

International Children’s Book Day 2016 featuring Bronwyn Bancroft, Ursula Dubosarsky and Mark McLeod

You’re invited to attend

ONCE UPON A TIME:  A Celebration of 50 Years of IBBY Australia
on INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY
Saturday 2nd April 2016 | 10 am till 2.30 pm
59 The Boulevarde (cnr Carrington St), Strathfield NSW
Santa Maria del Monte School

Featuring

  • Dr Mark MacLeod addressing the topic IBBY in the Age of Globalisation
  • Bronwyn Bancroft in conversation with Libby Gleeson AM
  • Ursula Dubosarsky in conversation with Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright

Bronwyn BancroftDubosarsky Ursula C (photo credit Vicki Skarratt 2011)

For full details see the flyer.

Bookings are now open!

IBBY Australia Honour Books announced

IBBY Australia proudly announces its biennial Honour Books for 2016. One book is selected for excellence in Writing, one for Illustration, and one for Translation. This is the first time Australia has selected a book in the Translation category.

Every two years an Advisory Panel of three children’s literature experts makes the selection from all books published in the period. These outstanding books become Australia’s representative books in a travelling exhibition of about 150 international titles. The exhibition will be shown at the IBBY Congress in Auckland in 2016, and at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and in many other countries.

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