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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143794394
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $29.99

Stand Up for the Future

A Celebration of Inspirational Young Australians


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Let’s stand up and acknowledge the young Aussies who are using their actions and voices to change our world for the better.

From slam poet Solli Raphael to gender equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo, soccer star Sam Kerr and youth worker Zack Bryers, this is a book about young people, for everyone. Through activism, innovation, giving back and leading by example, these game changers are building a brighter tomorrow.

Brought to life by colourful illustrations from local artists, this book showcases emerging Aussie talent and encourages readers to create positive social change.

All royalties from sales of this book go to The Smith Family.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143794394
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Stand Up for the Future

“I believe this is a must have book for all Australians to read, not just because the royalties go to charity, but because it shows that our young people are thinking of the future, are overcoming the odds and advocating for positive social change.”

Little Big Reads

“Presented as a package of bold, very individual portraits amid strong design features, dramatic use of colour and recurring motifs of upward-pointing arrows, this is a high-energy book to engage and inspire young readers.”

Chloe Mauger, Magpies

“There has been a plethora of bright biographies released about successful people recently. This book distinguishes itself in that it feels more like a presentation night with each individual appearing on the Australian stage as a young Australian achiever.”

Carolyn Hull, Read Plus

“With over 40 stories shared, the reader will also be inspired, as it will empower people to be brave changemakers and to make the world a better place.”

Kids' Book Review


Awards & Recognition

  • Longlisted • 2020 • Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series

  • Australian Book Design Awards

    Longlisted • 2020 • Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series


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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Congratulations to all our designers longlisted for Australian Book Design Awards in 2020.