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  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143507291
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

Running with the Horses

young readers’ edition




Running with the Horses isa stunning picture book by Alison Lester, the much-loved creator of Are We There Yet? and many other treasured books for children. Young readers will love this beautifully illustrated classic story of adventure and friendship.

A young girl’s faith in an extraordinary old horse makes this an unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship.

From one of Australia’s most-loved children’s book creators comes this classic story of adventure that will be treasured by young readers everywhere.

  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143507291
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the author

Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for her much-loved classic Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate in 2012, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2010  •  Younger Readers

American Booksellers Book of the Year

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Best Designed Picture Book

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Book of the Year for Younger Children

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Children's Fiction

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Lower Primary

Melbourne Prize for Literature

Winner  •  2018  •  Alison Lester

Longlisted  •  2020  •  Best Designed Children's Fiction Book

Australian Book Design Awards Longlist Announced

A huge congratulations to Penguin Random House designers Louisa Maggio, Marina Messiha and Tony Palmer, who have all been longlisted for Australian Book Design Awards in 2020. The awards ‘celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia’, and is administered by the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA).

Here are our longlisted titles:

Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
Running with the Horses by Alison Lester

Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book
Lights Out Leonard by Josh Pyke

Best illustrated Children's Book
Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series
Shout Out to the Girls, High Five to the Boys and Stand Up for the Future

Best Designed Autobiography/Biography/Memoir Nonfiction Cover
The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory by Corey White

Emerging Designer of the Year
Louisa Maggio

The shortlist will be announced in April and the winners will be announced at an awards party on 22 May. To learn more about the awards, and to see the longlists for all categories, see the ABDA website.

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