There’s still time for WA students to get their entries in for the 2013 Make Your Own Storybook competition — entries close 7 June. Categories include picture books and story books.
Check out the WA Branch website for all the details and to download an entry form.
ALIA recently set out to find Australia’s favourite librarian. Congratulations to Dominique Ward, Program Development Librarian at AH Bracks library who took the title for WA (and garnered 5% of the total votes in the competition). Read the official announcement on the ALIA website.
The announcement kicks off Library and Information Week 2013 which runs 20–26 May.
We are sad to hear of the death of Gregory Rogers on 1 May 2013.
Rogers was the first Australian to win the 1994 Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustration of Way Home by Libby Hathorn. The Hero of Little Street won Picture Book of the Year in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2010 and in 2012 it was awarded an Honour Listing by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People). He has illustrated many, many books in addition to his own works.
He will be greatly missed.
This year’s CBCA Book of the Year shortlist has just been announced. You can check out the shortlisted books on the CBCA website.
The winners will be announced on 16 August 2013 just prior to Children’s Book Week. This year’s theme is Read Across the Universe!
Join local authors and illustrators and WA IBBY members to discuss your favourite animal character from children’s books (please bring the book along, too.) Share your love of children’s books over a light supper—drinks are available to purchase from the bar.
When: Saturday 6 April, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Where: Perth and Tattersalls Bowling Club, 2 Plain Street, Perth (Off-street ticket parking available)
Cost: $40 (including a raffle ticket and light supper) – pay on the day.
RSVP: Jenni Woodroffe on 9367 4759 or email: jennij[at]iinet.net.au
This event is a fundraiser for IBBY Australia.
Lions, baby farm animals, monkeys, bilbies, tiny things, grandparents, Christmas adventures, liars, teen angst and … bogs. There was something for everyone at the 10th annual A Night With Our Stars (ANWOS)—record crowds gathered at Westbooks on Thursday 7 March 2013 for the biggest ANWOS yet.
Chloe Maugher, Branch President, welcomed librarians, parents, teachers, authors, illustrators and book-lovers, and all squeezed companionably into the marquee. It was noted that audience members (and authors and illustrators) came from far and wide including Broome, Carnarvon, Margaret River, Bunbury and Geraldton.
MC for the evening—Heather Zubek—flew in from Melbourne especially for the 10th Anniversary of ANWOS. She was a wiz at keeping the speakers to their time limits with the help of a duck-quack whistle.
The 2013 line-up of stellar authors and illustrators (and author-illustrators!) included:
Naomi van Bentum (The Watermaker)
Dianne Touchell (Creepy and Maud)
Den Scheer, (In the Beech Forest—illustrator, text by Gary Crew)
Ambelin Kwaymullina (The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf)
Sean E Avery (All Monkeys Love Bananas)
Rebecca Cool (Bog, Frog, Hop—illustrator, text by Kyle Mewburn)
Jen Banyard (Mystery at Riddle Gully)
Juliet Marillier (Shadowfell)
Mark Pardoe (Not Bog Standard and Other Peculiar Stories)
James Foley (In the Lion)
Karen Blair (Baby Animal Farm, and With Nan—illustrator, text by Tania Cox)
Josie Wowalla Boyle (Bubbay)
Julia Lawrinson (Losing It) sent apologies due to illness. (But her ‘frequent Star’ balloons found their way to her at work later in the week!)
All these presenters had 3 minutes to speed-talk about their books published in 2012. Even Mark Greenwood managed to get a few words in—from Queensland—with the help of Frané Lessac, a cardboard cutout of himself and a pre-recorded message.
Raffles were drawn (prizes included books, food, and a drawing by Sean E Avery created during his 3 minutes), Den Scheer auctioned a drawing (created during her 3 minutes) to raise money for young creators, and audience members were able to meet their favourite authors and illustrators and have them personally sign newly-purchased books.
A special thank you was extended to Jenni Woodroffe. Jenni first came up with the idea for ANWOS and she has been Convenor Extraordinaire since the very first one. This was her final ANWOS as convenor and she was presented with a certificate (to match the Stars’) and a parting gift of glittering jewellery to acknowledge the hours and hours of work she has dedicated to ANWOS over the years and her dedication to promoting WA authors and illustrators.
Jenni also produced a 10th Anniversary ANWOS pamphlet featuring memories of the last 10 years featuring an Honour Roll of all past ANWOS presenters on the back page. Copies of the pamphlet will be sent to past presenters who were unable to attend.
WA authors and illustrators are a talented bunch and there is already quite a collection of 2013 titles out—so ANWOS will be back in 2014. See you there!
Come along to UWA on Sunday 24th February 2013 for the Perth Writers Festival Family Day!
There will be lots of free activities and events for families and you can hear fabulous children’s and YA authors speaking about their books—Andy Griffiths, Isobelle Carmody, Alison Lester, Meg McKinlay, James Foley … and more. (And, of course, you won’t want to miss the launch of Granny Grommet and Me.)
You’ll find the Family Day timetable on the Perth Writers Festival website. (The current weather forecast is for 27 degrees. Perfect!)
Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair show off their new picture book – article and photo in today’s West Australian newspaper. The book—Granny Grommet and Me—will be launched at the Perth Writers Festival on Sunday 27 February 2013. (For details of the launch see the previous post on this blog.)