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Penguin Australia releases Newsstand publication for teachers and librarians
22 Oct 2013

Penguin Teachers' Academy for iPad available now

AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - 17 October 2013: Penguin Australia today announced the release of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad, available as a free download from Newsstand.

The Penguin Teachers Academy publication gives teachers and librarians rich, engaging resources to assist with lesson preparation and classroom activities, in line with the needs of the Australian Curriculum.

Designed and developed in-house by Penguin Australia’s digital team, the Penguin Teachers' Academy publication provides:

  • FREE subscription to Off The Shelf, the magazine for teachers and librarians
  • FREE teaching notes for Puffin and Penguin picture books and novels
  • Premium units of work containing lesson plans and activities, all tailored to the needs of the Australian Curriculum
  • Enhanced digital content, combining text with video and audio.

Marketing Manager Tye Cattanach said: “Our goal has always been to provide teachers, librarians and educational support staff with professional reading and resources that are up-to-date and valuable. As a former librarian myself, I understand how time-poor teachers can be and their very real need for rich, relevant and practical teaching notes and units of work. The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication for iPad means educators can find resources they trust and can use in their classrooms and libraries, in one easy-to-access place.”

Penguin Australia Marketing & Digital Director Sally Bateman said the development of the publication was part of Penguin’s ongoing digital strategy.  ‘We’re continually challenging ourselves to find new and interesting ways to make our resources widely available, and of course innovative ways to promote the work of our authors and illustrators. We’re excited about the opportunity to connect with teachers and educators in this way.”

The Penguin Teachers’ Academy publication is available as a free download from Newsstand on iPad or from iTunes.

Penguin is home to some of education’s most celebrated and widely studied writers and illustrators, such as Pamela Allen, Alison Lester, Aaron Blabey, Graeme Base, Isobelle Carmody, Mem Fox, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett, Melina Marchetta, Robert Newton and Tim Winton.

The Penguin Teachers’ Academy initiative launched in 2012. Its activities also include running a series of professional development workshops throughout the year.

For more information, please contact:
Tina Gumnior, Senior Publicist

(03) 9811 2549 or tina.gumnior@au.penguingroup.com.au

2013 Walkley Book Award longlist
18 Oct 2013

The longlist for the 2013 Walkley Book Award has been announced. Among the longlisted titles is The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo by John Garnaut. 

The shortlist for this year’s award will be announced on 7 November. The winner will be announced at a gala presentation in Brisbane on 28 November, 2013.

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction literature and long-form journalism. Last year's winner was George Megalogenis for The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times

For more information about The Walkley Book Award

Related Books

Book Cover: The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo: Penguin Special
Bo Xilai's breathtaking fall from grace in 2012 is an extraordinary tale of excess, murder, defection and ideological clashes, as the princeling sons of the revolutionary heroes fight for control of China.
Bo Xilai's breathtaking fall from grace in 2012 is an extraordinary tale of excess, murder, defection and ideological clashes, as the princeling sons of the revolutionary heroes fight for control of China.
Published: 27/11/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569350
RRP: $9.99
Australia loves Rick Riordan
17 Oct 2013

Congratulations to Rick Riordan on his first overall #1 in Australia for House of Hades: Heroes of Olympus.

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Book Cover:  House of Hades: Heroes of Olympus
A thousand deadly monsters.  Three battling demigods.  One fatal decision.
A thousand deadly monsters.  Three battling demigods.  One fatal decision.
Published: 08/10/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141339191
RRP: $19.99
Anna Funder to present the 2013 Dymphna Clark Lecture
16 Oct 2013

Anna Funder, one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers, will deliver the annual Dymphna Clark Lecture on Thursday 17 October, 6.00pm at the Basement Theatre, Business and Economics Building (The Spot), 198 Berkeley St, Carlton.

Anna’s lecture entitled “Reading My Mind – and Yours A celebration of the act of the human imagination that is writing, and the act of the human imagination that is reading”, will be presented by the University of Melbourne and Manning Clark House.

Anna’s novel All That I Am won the Miles Franklin Prize along with eight other literary prizes in 2012, and spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, several times at number 1. Anna’s non-fiction book Stasiland, hailed as ‘a classic’, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize.  Both books have been international bestsellers and are published in 20 countries. Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990's, Anna worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government in human rights, constitutional law and treaty negotiation.

Hilma Dymphna Clark (1916 - 2000), wife of Professor Manning Clark, was a distinguished scholar in her own right. Fluent in eight languages, she lectured in German at the Australian National University in Canberra and established Manning Clark House in Forrest. She was a driving force behind the formation of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee and drafted the Council’s preamble for review by Parliament. Dymphna Clark’s major work is the translation of the botanist Charles Baron von Hugel’s New Holland Journals.

Event link: http://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/3499-dymphna-clark-lecture-by-anna-funder

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Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534015
Price: $16.99
Book Cover:  All That I Am
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567516
RRP: $22.95
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners
15 Oct 2013

The winners of the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. This year’s awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on 15 October. Author Ursula Dubosarsky was inducted into the SPA Hall of Fame at the ceremony, in recognition of her ‘sustained and high quality contribution to Australian children’s literature’. Congratulations, Ursula! .

Congratulations also to our award winners in the following categories:

Lower Primary
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester

Upper Primary
After by Morris Gleitzman

Read more about this year’s awards here.

 

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Book Cover:  Sophie Scott Goes South
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670880683
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover:  After
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
Published: 25/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075447
RRP: $19.99
'Beneath the Darkening Sky' shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
08 Oct 2013

Congratulations to Majok Tulba's Beneath The Darkening Sky, which has made the shortlist for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. 

The award, which runs from Swansea in the UK, is for the best produced or published literary work in English by an author under 30. The winner receives £30,000, and will be announced in Swansea in November.

For more information, see the Dylan Thomas Prize website here.​​

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Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428420
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742534770
Price: $19.99
Autobiography by Morrissey
07 Oct 2013

Autobiography by Morrissey

On 17 October 2013, Penguin Classics will publish Autobiography by Morrissey.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’

Penguin Classics will publish in the UK & Commonwealth and Europe. Autobiography will be available in Australia from 18 October 2013.

Read more . . .

Penguin Remembers Tom Clancy
03 Oct 2013

Tom Clancy, the #1 bestselling author, died on October 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was sixty-six.

Read the statement below for more information.

Penguin Books USA.

Morris Gleitzman longlisted for 2014 UKLA Book Awards
03 Oct 2013

Morris Gleitzman is among a number of Australian authors longlisted for the 2014 UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards.

Morris has been longlisted in the category UK Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards: Seven to 11 years category for his novel After (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)

The shortlists will be announced in March 2014, followed by a winners announcement on 4 July at a ceremony at the University of Sussex.
For more information visit the UKLA website here.

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Book Cover:  After
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
The next instalment of the story begun in the award-winning Once and Then and followed by Now.
Published: 25/07/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536262
Price: $12.99
K-Zone and Total Girl Toy of The Year Awards shortlist
02 Oct 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Lost World Circus: Secret Superhero and Juliet, Nearly a Vet: the Great Pet Plan made it into the shortlist of the K-Zone and Total Girl Toy of The Year Awards!

This year K-Zone and Total Girl received hundreds of entries in the three categories of Toys, Games and Books and to be shortlisted means that our three Puffin books are among the hottest in the country. 

Thousands of K-Zoners and Total Girls will be voting for their favourites and this year, kids are also able to use their votes to create wishlists that can be emailed straight to parents or Santa making choosing presents even easier.

Please follow the link and vote for the three PUFFINS on the shortlist:  http://toy-awards.com.au/  

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Book Cover:  Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or at least sort of.
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or at least sort of.
Published: 16/11/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306641
RRP: $14.95
Book Cover:  Secret Superhero: The Lost World Circus Book 3
An electrifying new animal adventure series for middle readers from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series.
An electrifying new animal adventure series for middle readers from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures series.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307280
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover: The Great Pet Plan: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 1)
Books for children - new animal series for eight year olds to ten year olds by Rebecca Johnson, with gorgeous illustrations by local illustrator Kyla May.\r\n 
Books for children - new animal series for eight year olds to ten year olds by Rebecca Johnson, with gorgeous illustrations by local illustrator Kyla May.\r\n 
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307044
RRP: $9.99

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24 Sep 2014
Iain McCalman's The Reef has been shortlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize
The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS).Congratulations to Iain McCalman, whose book The Reef: A passionate history has been shortlisted for the 2014 CHASS Australia Book Prize.For more information and to see the full shortlist please visit the CHASS website: https://www.chass.org.au/forum/australiaPrizes.htm

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