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Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2014
08 Jul 2014

Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Birth to Three Years

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox and illustrated by Emma Quay

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Three to Five Years

Starting School by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker

Davy and the Duckling by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Julie Vivas

Five to Eight Years

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

Eight to Ten Years

Runaways by Sherryl Clark

The Kensington Reptilarium by NJ. Gemmell

For more information regarding this award please visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Baby Bedtime
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
A classic bedtime story for the very young, this tale of love and elephants by Mem Fox and Emma Quay is a must-have picture book for every Australian household.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075195
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076758
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Starting School
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Published: 09/08/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076765
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Davy and the Duckling
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075614
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover: The Brothers Quibble
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost. He shared it with no other. But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother.
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost. He shared it with no other. But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076000
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Runaways
The red balloon explodes my blood runs hot from skull to toes I grab my bag  and run. Cassie and her brother, Jack, are on the run from the past, from the future and from their failure of a family. But where can they go? And can you ever really run away?
The red balloon explodes my blood runs hot from skull to toes I grab my bag  and run. Cassie and her brother, Jack, are on the run from the past, from the future and from their failure of a family. But where can they go? And can you ever really run away?
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307150
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076154
RRP: $19.99
2014 Miles Franklin Award
27 Jun 2014

Congratulations to Random House AustraliaEvie Wyld for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award win for All the Birds, Singing.

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing, published by our colleagues at Random House Australia has been named winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award.

This announcement continues the overwhelming response that Evie has had to this novel, described by the Financial Times as ‘extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again.’

The judges’ notes were equally as emphatic in their praise, describing All the Birds, Singing as a ‘powerful road-movie-in-reverse…Saturated with menace, the novel’s upside-down pastoral elegy traces with great subtlety the alienation felt by this youthful outsider. In Darwin and also in remote outback Australia, Jake has sold herself all too cheaply, and her flight from an ever-present past builds narrative momentum into a vivid and unforgettable moral fable.’

Named in 2013 as one of the top 20 writers under 40 by Granta magazine, Evie was shortlisted this year for the Costa Novel Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. More recently, winning the Encore Award and Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize have cemented Evie’s place as a rising star and a resonant new voice.

At the awards presentation last night, Evie said, “It's such an honour to be amongst writers whose work I love so much. Every book on the shortlist is spectacular and I'm floored to have won it.”

Congratulations to Evie on this remarkable and prestigious honour.

Small Town Storm Wins Clue Award
17 Jun 2014

Small Town Storm by Elise Ackers (Destiny) was awarded first place in the 'Romantic Suspense' category of this year's US-based Clue Awards for outstanding new talent. 

See the awards website here for more information.

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Book Cover:  Small Town Storm: Destiny Romance
Fans of Nora Roberts will love this thrilling romantic suspense.
Fans of Nora Roberts will love this thrilling romantic suspense.
Published: 16/08/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742536101
Price: $5.99
The following books have been Longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize
16 Jun 2014

The following Penguin Random House books have been longlisted for the 2014 John Button prize:

Hearts and Minds: A Blueprint for Modern Labor by Chris Bowen

Dangerous Allies by Malcolm Fraser with Cain Roberts

End of the Road?: Penguin Special by Gideon Haigh

The Reef: A Passionate History by Iain McCalman

The winner will be announced at the John Button Oration to be held as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 23 August 2014.

For more information please visit The John Button Foundation website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  End of the Road?: Penguin Special
In this engaging and insightful analysis for the lay reader, Gideon Haigh explains why the industry has become an ideological battleground, and reveals the more complex and surprising truth behind the partisan rhetoric.
In this engaging and insightful analysis for the lay reader, Gideon Haigh explains why the industry has become an ideological battleground, and reveals the more complex and surprising truth behind the partisan rhetoric.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143570875
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover: The Reef: A Passionate History
Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.
Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075775
RRP: $45.00
2014 Romance Writers of Australia Awards - Finalists
13 Jun 2014

Congratulations to the following authors whose books have been named as finalists in the 2014 RUBY Awards:

Stories with Romantic Elements

Currawong Creek by Jennifer Scoullar

Long Romance

Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman

For more information please visit the Romance Writers of Australia website.

Related Books

Book Cover:  Letter From A Rake: Destiny Romance
A passionate love letter goes astray in this charming Regency romance.
A passionate love letter goes astray in this charming Regency romance.
Published: 10/07/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743482292
Price: $5.99
National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) 2014 announcement
12 Jun 2014

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has launched National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) 2014 and announced the ambassadors for this year’s NLNW. Celebrated children’s author and illustrator, Alison Lester has been appointed this year’s Literacy Ambassador while Simon Pampena will return this year as Numeracy Ambassador. “Simon and Alison have both agreed to volunteer their time for National Literacy and Numeracy Week,” Mr Pyne said. “They are fantastic role models for students and help us all to celebrate the importance of reading, writing and mathematics.”

Each year, ambassadors promote National Literacy and Numeracy week to schools, teachers, parents and students. The ambassadors visit schools, participate in the official launch and associated activities as well as other events and opportunities throughout the year.

Alison was the Australian Children’s Laureate in 2012 and 2013 and has published over 25 children’s books and young adult novels. She has won many awards including the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award, the 2011 ABIA award and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award. “Alison has a unique ability to capture the imagination of children through her writing and her infectious love of literacy. Together they are great role models and great representatives for the week.” Mr Pyne said.

The 16th annual National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) will be held during 25-31 August 2014. A major highlight of NLNW is  the Read for Australia activity; to be held on Friday 29 August at 2pm AEST.  Teachers, students and parents at schools across Australia will participate in a national read aloud of Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey.

For further information about National Literacy and Numeracy Week visit,www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au.

We are deeply saddened by the death of author and illustrator Eric Hill, the beloved creator of Spot
11 Jun 2014

 

We are deeply saddened by the death of author and illustrator Eric Hill, the beloved creator of Spot. He has died aged 86 after a short illness at his home in California.

'Eric Hill was a master of simple design. He created one of the world’s most loveable children’s book characters - Spot, the charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world. Eric's ingenious lift-the-flap device turned the reading of a Spot book into a glorious game of hide and seek, enjoyed by children and adults alike. Puffin is proud to publish Eric Hill and will ensure Spot continues to delight children for generations to come.’ Francesca Dow, MD, Penguin Random House UK Children’s.

Eric Hill Family Statement:

‘We love and miss our Dad and Husband immensely, and although this time of loss is a great hardship for us, we can honestly say that we take some solace in the joy he brought to so many children and families through his work. We know Spot, and therefore Eric, has had a beloved presence in so many homes and bedtime readings. And we know we share our grief with many.’

Notes to Editors:  

Eric Hill, who has died aged 86 after a short illness, was a modest man who valued simplicity, good design, and kindness above all. His books about a mischievous puppy named Spot have sold over 60 million copies around the world since Spot’s debut in 1980, but Eric was singularly uninterested in public appearances and the trappings of fame and often referred to himself simply as Spot’s Dad.

Born in Holloway, north London, Eric was evacuated, along with thousands of other city children, to the countryside at the beginning of the Second World War. Life in the country didn’t suit him so he took himself back to London and later found a job in an illustration studio as an errand boy.

After the war ended, Eric began working for an advertising agency, which led to a successful career as a creative director and illustrator.

Eric’s first family began in 1950 with a marriage to Barbara and the birth of his daughter, Jane, in 1958. Eric and Barbara later divorced, and he then met his current wife, Gillian, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. They have a son, Christopher, who was born in 1976.

While Eric was freelancing as a creative marketing designer, he worked on a paper-engineered novelty piece, which featured a flap, hiding part of the design. His son, then aged three, was fascinated by the lifting flap. Eric was intrigued by the child’s reaction and invented a story about a puppy, using the surprise-flap idea to entertain him further. This led to the creation of Spot.

Eric, Gillian, Chris and Jane moved to America in the early 1980s. They built a home in Arizona after becoming enchanted with the south-west desert on family holidays. A few years later, they settled in California and have lived there since.

Familiar as we are today with a children’s book market where flaps, pop-ups and all kinds of novelty and interactivity are taken for granted, it is hard to recall what an extraordinarily innovative concept this was in the late 1970s. At that time, Eric’s idea was so different that it took a long while before anyone was brave enough to consider publishing his first book about Spot.

Published in 1980, Where’s Spot? was an instant hit. Although the lift-the-flap concept was so different, the story itself, told with gentle humour in just a few words, was extremely simple and charming, and it had immediate appeal for its target audience of pre-school children.

Where’s Spot? was quickly followed with Spot’s First Walk. The first animated series, The Adventures of Spot, was developed by King Rollo Films in 1983, using a unique cut-paper technique to build up the movement of the characters while keeping the integrity of the original drawings.

Spot books have been translated intomore than 60 languages, and the films have been sold in the same territories.

Eric‘s daughter Jane has been an invaluable part of the Spot publishing team for nearly fifteen years, utilising her own design background and intimate understanding of all things Spot to assist Eric as production and business demands increased.

Next to his family, Eric loved animals and Spot‘s community of animal friends represented this. At his house in California, he and Gillian had horses, dogs, chickens and, of course, many cats and dogs. He always had a cat or two in his studio. Many of his animals were rescue strays to whom he gave a happy home, and he could never resist a new addition. It is worth mentioning that in the last years of his life, he was accompanied by his beloved dog Suzie, who rarely left his side.

Eric was awarded an OBE for his services to children’s literacy in 2008, and he greatly enjoyed his visit to Buckingham Palace to receive it. 

Eric’s death will be mourned by his family, friends, publishers and fans all around the world, but his creation will continue to delight children whether in the form of the original lift-the-flap books, or as an app for their mother’s iPhone – or most likely both – for many years to come. 

Eric is survived by Gillian, their son Christopher, and his daughter Jane, all of whom are involved in looking after Spot.

 

For more information please read this news article on penguin.co.uk

Penguin Random House Authors Shortlisted for the 2014 Kibble Awards
04 Jun 2014

The 2014 shortlisted authors for the Kibble Awards were revealed today and we are delighted to announce that the list features two Penguin Random House authors. Both Fiona McFarlane and Kate Richards have been nominated for the Dobbie Literary Award for a first-time published author.

Fiona McFarlane is nominated for The Night Guest (Hamish Hamilton) and Kate Richards is nominated for Madness: A Memoir (Viking).

The Kibble Awards honour the legacy of the State Library of New South Wales’ first female librarian, Nita B Kibble with the intention of encouraging "female authors to improve and advance Australian literature for the benefit of the community."

The winner will be announced on 23 July.

For more info, please visit www.perpetual.com.au/kibble

Related Books

Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428550
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Madness: a Memoir
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years.  This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571391
RRP: $19.99
Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Award
28 May 2014

Fiona McFarlane announced as a winner of the Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Award

We are thrilled to announce that Fiona McFarlane has been announced as one of four winners of the Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Awards. The award recognises Fiona’s debut novel, The Night Guest, a mesmerising story about love, dependence, and the fear that the things you know best can become the things you're least certain about. Fiona was awarded the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards; The Night Guest has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year.

At the announcement of the Awards this afternoon, Fiona said, "I'm utterly delighted to have been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist – it's so encouraging and gratifying to be acknowledged in this way."

Congratulations to Fiona for this wonderful and deserved accolade.

Related Books

Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428550
RRP: $29.99
The Red Queen Obernewtyn Chronicles Release Update
27 May 2014
Penguin Australia would like fans of Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles to know that we have made the decision to move The Red Queen from its planned 2013 release to an unscheduled date. We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone, that Isobelle remains absolutely committed to theObernewtyn Chronicles. The series has been an enormous part Isobelle’s life for over 25 years, and we strongly believe Isobelle should take the time she needs to make this installment, the very best yet.
 
A message from Isobelle Carmody:
I understand you have been waiting, impatiently or patiently, some of you for literally years. I thank you and I am touched and honoured that so many of you did not grow out of me, but have allowed Elspeth to visit you through the years. If you are one of these readers, then we have shared a long journey, and it is coming to an end. Forgive me for not rushing it but with each step, I am saying goodbye to a world I have loved.
 
Let me hone and polish and conclude this last book at my own pace, without furious pressure. I promise it will be a better book for it. And isn’t that what we all want, in the end? Not a book produced to fit a deadline, but a book that was worth waiting for. 
 
A message from Laura Harris, Publishing Director, Penguin Young Readers:
I can understand how frustrating it must be to see Obernewtyn as incomplete, and I know many of Isobelle Carmody fans feel this way. I completely empathise with their disappointment over this latest announcement.
 
Unfortunately, it’s about fulfilling an artistic and truthful conclusion to the series, and inspiration and quality writing don’t always come as we expect it will. Isobelle would never be satisfied in pushing out an inferior piece of work, and we respectfully stand by her on this front.
 
Please note: The Red Queen refers to the unpublished final book in theObernewtyn series. In North America, The Sending is published as two separate books, Part 1 titled The Sending and Part 2 titled The Red Queen.

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Will Kostakis wins the 2014 Gold Inky for The First Third
Congratulations to Will Kostakis whose book The First Third has won the 2014 Gold Inky Award.For more information regarding these awards please visit the Inky website.

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