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USBBY annual list of outstanding international books
08 Feb 2012

Selected for the 2012 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults.

The Garden of Empress Cassia by Gabrielle Wang

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

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Book Cover:  Garden Of Empress Cassia, The
Mimi laid the box in the bench and opened it carefully. Inside were rows and rows of coloured pastels that shimmered in the light. She rolled them under her fingertips and her imagination began to fill with amazing pictures.

When Mimi is given a box of magical pastels, she discovers that she can draw the Garden of Empress Cassia – a drawing so beautiful and real that people are transported inside...

Mimi laid the box in the bench and opened it carefully. Inside were rows and rows of coloured pastels that shimmered in the light. She rolled them under her fingertips and her imagination began to fill...
Published: 02/09/2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143300274
Illustrators Australia (IA) Australian and New Zealand illustration Awards - Winner
08 Feb 2012

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Book Cover:  Dog Stole My Brain: Aussie Chomps, The
Mary K. and Katherine Pershall pair up for this fabulous and funny Chomp about a day in the life of a dog.
Mary K. and Katherine Pershall pair up for this fabulous and funny Chomp about a day in the life of a dog.
Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306283
The ALS Gold Medal - Longlisted
08 Feb 2012

For a work of outstanding literary merit published in 2011.

All That I Am by Anna Funder

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2012 - Shortlisted
08 Feb 2012

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Book Cover:  Reading By Moonlight: How Books Saved A Life
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143205227
Book Cover:  Life Of A Teenage Body-Snatcher, The
Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes.
Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes.
Published: 28/06/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143203919
2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards - Finalist
30 Jan 2012

Favourite Contemporary Romance

Promises by Cathryn Hein

For more information please visit australianromancereaders.wordpress.com

2012 Indie Awards - shortlisted
25 Jan 2012

Debut fiction

All That I Am by Anna Funder

The Indie Awards recognise independent booksellers' favourite Australian authors from the past 12 months.

DK unveils revolutionary interactive reading experience
20 Jan 2012

DK unveils revolutionary interactive reading experience built with Apple’s innovative iBooks

DK today announced the publication of four revolutionary illustrated multimedia books using Apple's innovative iBooks, available now on the iBookstore. Heralding a new standard of illustrated eBooks, the four titles - My First ABC, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life, DK Natural History: Insects and DK Natural History: Mammals-Carnivores -combine video, sound, 3-D models, galleries and animations for the first time in a digital book form. These new DK books are based on titles that have sold over one million copies in more than 20 languages. A fifth title, Baking, will be launched in February with more to follow in the coming months.

Created by a team of DK award-winning editors and designers, information on the screen springs to life to bring fresh insight and excitement to a whole range of subjects and interests that encourage learning in the home.
Features include:

  • A 3-D model of a velociraptor skeleton
  • An animation showing the step-by-step formation of a fossil
  • A movie of a tiger hunting and a brown bear catching salmon
  • Microscopic images of insects’ eyes and wings
  • The sound of a Madagascan hissing cockroach

John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, said: “Today represents a giant leap for how illustrated books will work in the digital world. The experience these new iBooks provide is thoroughly immersive and will encourage all those with a natural curiosity to get excited about the world around them in a bold new way. This is a significant moment for illustrated content and, particularly for DK who has always been at the forefront of digital innovation. Imaginative use of technology, design and editorial is at the heart of everything that DK does so we’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting launch”

John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, is available for comment. For more information please contact, Rachel Kempster at DK US on 0011-1-646-674-4051.

Penguin To Publish Jim Stynes’ Story
16 Jan 2012

“We were honoured when in July last year, Jim Stynes chose Penguin to be the publishers of his inspirational story. Jim has made a real difference to other people’s lives throughout his football career, his work with Reach and now his journey with cancer. He always tells it like it is – he stands tall when facing life’s biggest challenges, and is generous in sharing what he has learnt along the way. This book will bring all of that and more to readers later this year.”  Andrea McNamara, Publisher

Jim Stynes’ Story, by Jim Stynes, Michael Joseph, rrp $39.95 will be published in September 2012.

For media enquiries place contact Anyez Lindop on 03 9811 2512.

Gourmand Best ​in the World competition - shortlisted
09 Jan 2012

Two Lantern titles have been shortlisted for the Gourmand Best ​in the World competition in two categories.

Guillaume: Food for Friends by Guillaume Brahimi has been shortlisted in the Australia/Pacific category, while The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale has been shortlisted in the Italian Cuisine category.

Winners will be announced 6 March 2012 in Paris.

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Book Cover:  Guillaume: Food For Friends
In his long-awaited debut cookbook, celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi creates exceptional food for friends in some of Australia's most beautiful houses.
In his long-awaited debut cookbook, celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi creates exceptional food for friends in some of Australia's most beautiful houses.
Published: 28/03/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382291
Book Cover:  Art of Pasta, The
For the more adventurous cook, Lucio's executive chef Logan Campbell has contributed some contemporary interpretations of classic pasta dishes, including rabbit cannelloni with Jerusalem artichoke sauce and beetroot gnocchi with pancetta and goat's cheese.
For the more adventurous cook, Lucio's executive chef Logan Campbell has contributed some contemporary interpretations of classic pasta dishes, including rabbit cannelloni with Jerusalem artichoke sauce and beetroot gnocchi with pancetta and goat's cheese.
Published: 03/10/2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921382284
The Power of One Australian Hero Award
21 Dec 2011

Celebrating people who are dedicated to helping others in our community

The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the great er good is an inspirat ion to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiat ive between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.

'The power of one is the decision to make a difference without expecting recognition.' Bryce Courtenay

Nominations open - 21 December 2011
Nominations close - 5pm Friday 2 March 2012
Shortlist notified - Friday 30 March 2012
Winner announced - Friday 27 April 2012

Download the application form here

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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