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

 

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.

Ena Noël Award 2012 announced

Ena Noël Award 2012: IBBY Australia Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature

Omega Park by Amy Barker, published by University of Queensland Press

The judges were unanimous in choosing Amy Barker’s debut novel, the engaging story of two boys growing up in Omega Park, a housing commission estate where lives are impoverished in every sense of the word. For kids like Jacob and Dingo every day is a battle for survival, not made any easier by the fact that this estate is on on the edge of the glitzy and prosperous Gold Coast.

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