There was plenty happening on the kid’s book scene in Melbourne this weekend.
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
On Saturday, I went to a Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) seminar in Melbourne where popular kids and YA authors, Pauline Luke, Edel Wignell and George Ivanoff (Boomerang Books blogger at http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/literary-clutter-blog/) talked about how they spread the word about their latest books.
Our Australian Girl Launch
On Sunday I was at the wonderful Readings bookshop in Hawthorn. It was overflowing with kids and adults there for the launch of Penguin’s Our Australian Girl series.
Creator, Jane Godwin is the Children’s Publisher at Penguin Australia and she spoke about how much hard work has gone into putting the books together and how much they mean to her.
Our Australian Girl is a new 16 part series of novels for readers aged 8-11. It features four inspiring young Australian girls with different cultural heritage and traditional backgrounds, each of whom live in a particular decade of Australia’s early colonial history.
The series is written by four talented Australian authors and beautifully illustrated by Lucia Masciullo.
At the launch, each of the authors had something special to say about their books.
Sherryl Clark – author of Rose’s story
Rose for me has become very real and it has been a pleasure to write her story.
Gabrielle Wang – author of Poppy’s story
What makes history interesting is people’s individual stories like the ones in the Our Australian Girl series.
I got to go to some interesting places. It was a fantastic thing to be able to go back in time.
It was great to write a book for girls where I could work dresses into the story.
The Our Australian Girl series fits with the new National Curriculum and will encourage a new generation to discover our history and cultural diversity.
Other Australian authors out and about at the Our Australia Girl launch
Author Signings at the Our Australian Girl launch