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KOALAs 2013 winners
31 Oct 2013

The winners of the 2013 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. Congratulations to the authors of the Honour Books in the following categories:

 

Fiction for younger readers: Honour Book
Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman

 

Fiction for older readers: Honour Book 
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh

 

Fiction for years 7 to 9: Honour Books
After by Morris Gleitzman

 

Congratulations also to Felice Arena who was awarded the KOALA Legend for 2013.  Read more about the KOALAs here.

 

Related Books

Book Cover:  Thai-riffic!

Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing  to just eat pizza! At school he is a bit of a troublemaker, going to any lengths to hide his background. But when his best friend decides to become Thai for a day for a school project, Lengy...

Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing  to...

Published: 28/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143304852
RRP: $16.95
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
Book Cover:  Pizza Cake
Stories with the lot! Pizza Cake is a new collection of 10 funny short stories for kids from one of our bestselling authors, Morris Gleitzman.
Stories with the lot! Pizza Cake is a new collection of 10 funny short stories for kids from one of our bestselling authors, Morris Gleitzman.
Published: 31/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143305989
RRP: $16.95
Children's Peace Literature Award - Aaron Blabey shortlisted
30 Oct 2013

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey has been shortlisted for the 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award in the Junior Readers category.

For more information please visit https://www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/childrens/

Related Books

Book Cover: The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon
Award winning creator, Aaron Blabey, weaves an intriguing ghostly tale with magnificent illustrations. Perfect for 6+ readers.\r\nNo matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby.  Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon.
Award winning creator, Aaron Blabey, weaves an intriguing ghostly tale with magnificent illustrations. Perfect for 6+ readers.\r\nNo matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby.  Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670074747
RRP: $29.95
Mr. Mo Backs Men’s Health
23 Oct 2013

Global icon launches latest book for Movember

The iconic Mr. Men and Little Miss series will see the latest installment hit shelves this Movember with the launch of the first ever Mr. Mo story. The limited edition hardback has been added to the hugely popular collection to raise awareness for men’s health.

Engrained in popular culture and enjoyed by generations since 1971, each book in the classic series introduces the title character and his/her personality in a tale that conveys simple moral lessons.

True to form, the Mr. Mo story introduces readers to Mr. Mo – a polite, thoughtful and generous chap who, upon losing his moustache during a visit to the barbershop, discovers he has also lost all of his gentlemanly qualities.

Akin to the Movember ethos that every Mo Bro (a man who grows a Mo for Movember) must conduct himself in true gentlemanly fashion, Mr. Mo sees his manners return as his moustache grows back during Movember. Recruiting the support of his mates in Dillydale along the way, the story concludes with many favourite Mr. Men characters donning Mo’s.

“We’re extremely excited to have the support of a global icon this Movember. The Mr. Men series will resonate with Mo growers and supporters around the world, so it is an honour to have the first edition of Mr. Mo published in Australia thanks to Penguin Books. Coming to life in print, Mr. Mo will undoubtedly raise much needed awareness for men’s health around the country,” said Jeremy Macvean, Movember Country Director.

First created by Roger Hargreaves, who was inspired when his son asked what a tickle looked like, this series has grown to include 81 classic characters. Taking on his father’s legacy, Adam Hargreaves now pens and illustrates the series and collaborated with Movember Co-Founder Travis Garone on the one-off Mr. Mo story.

Traditionally printed in paperback, Mr. Mo is a rare hardback release for the Mr. Men series. The limited edition book will be launched in time for Movember and will see 20% of every sale donated to Movember to support prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health initiatives.

Penguin is proud to partner with Movember to create a bespoke Mr. Mo story. Mr. Mo will be loved by booksellers and booklovers alike, delivering a great level of assistance to the Movember Foundation, helping them to continue their invaluable work,” said Troy Lewis, Head of Media, Brands & Entertainment.

Mr. Mo will be available in all good book retailers from 23 October for $4.99

For further information, images or interview opportunities, please contact:

Movember | Madeleine Farrelly – madeleine@movember.com or 0407 872 471

Penguin | Tina Gumnior – tina.gumnior@au.penguingroup.com or 0419 329 466

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

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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.

 

Related Books

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.​​

Related Books

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.

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