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Michael Speechley

Michael Speechley

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Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA.
His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted and awarded as an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2019, and was the winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Books. His second book is The Gift, which was published in September 2019. This book deals with loss, kindness and the joy of giving. It was a Notable Book in the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

Books by Michael Speechley

The Gift

Championing simple acts of kindness, this exquisite picture book explores the importance of friendship and the joy of giving.

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The All New Must Have Orange 430

Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn't sure what it did, but he had to have it!

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2019  •  CBCA Honour Book, Picture Books

Environment Award for Children’s Literature

Winner  •  2019  •  Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Notable Book  •  2020  •  Notable Book, CBCA Awards

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