Australian Baby Animals wins a 2020 Whitley Award

October 28th, 2020 | Category: News

Australian Baby Animals has won the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Award for the Young Children’s Reader category! Awarded annually, the Whitley Awards are presented for outstanding publications that profile the unique wildlife of the Australasian region. Australian Baby Animals is a classic showcase of Australian baby animals and their families for very young children. A celebration of Australian…

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Best news from the American Library Association Youth Media Awards!

January 28th, 2020 | Category: News

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ  by Traci Sorell and me, published by Charlesbridge, has won the American Indian Youth Literature Award -Honor Book. AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustration by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.     AND an Odyssey Award – Honor Audiobook  – Award given to…

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Exciting Ride

November 28th, 2018 | Category: News

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, published by Charlesbridge, is taking us for a ride and Traci and I are loving it! The hot-rodding started when I first met Traci Sorell in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, home of the Cherokee Nation. In a nano-second, we were friends for life. Creating this book together has been a joy and we’ve been…

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US East Coast Tour

September 22nd, 2018 | Category: News

HELLO family, friends and colleagues! Traci Sorell and I are off on an action-packed, fun-filled tour on the East Coast, speaking at festivals, libraries, schools and bookshops with, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga!!   Perfect timing to also share,  A is for Australian Animals. US TOUR DATES: Oct 1 School Visits Salisbury, Maryland 9-3pm Oct 1 Salisbury University, Maryland 4:30pm Oct…

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Blog Post by by Jess Townes – All the Wonders

January 19th, 2018 | Category: News

Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac join us today for the cover reveal of their brand new picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the story.   TRACI, WHAT INSPIRED THE STORY BEHIND WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA? Traci: I read a lot of picture books. When I read the…

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Midnight – A true story of loyalty in WW1

October 30th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

It will be 100 years ago tomorrow, that Lieutenant Guy Haydon’s bravely rode his beloved mare, Midnight, over the enemy trenches in Beersheba. Horse and rider served together until sunset on 31 October, 1917 They took part is what is known as the last great cavalry charge of WW1 – ‘a defining moment in history’. This true…

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A is for Australian Animals

August 1st, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Welcome to the world! A is for Australian Animals is here! Published by Walker Books Australia To the delight of many human animals attending the book launch, the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought along many animal friends to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre including: a bilby, an echidna, blue-tongue lizards, a snake, “Henry” the cockatoo, and the most adorable pygmy…

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

April 25th, 2017 | Category: Books, Festivals, News

An invitation to take part in this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates was an opportunity to meet and create art with Arabic children. Sharjah is the cultural capital of the UAE and this event is a stellar showcase for celebrating children’s literature – with over 200,000 visitors!  The eleven-day event is…

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A is for AWARDS

February 26th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, librarians and my colleagues, who are passionate about getting children’s books into children’s hands and especially for all the young readers who voted for A is for Australia. For creators, recognition for our books is a rare gift. Recognition is important. Receiving the Crystal Kite Award and the Hoffman…

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Simpson and his Donkey artworks find new home at State Library

February 2nd, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Illustrations and preliminary sketches, which accompany the story of Simpson and His Donkey, have recently been acquired by the State Library of Western Australia for its Peter Williams Collection of original artworks by Australian illustrators. It was important that the original illustrations and accompanying materials were cared for and made available for future generations to explore…

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