Want to know who I like to curl up in bed with after a long day behind the flat screen? Curious to know how I spend the midnight hours? Well I can reveal that at least three of those listed below are amongst the many who keep me occupied into the wee hours of the night. But enough about the books weighing down my bedside table.
As a solution to my incurable curiosity about what makes a good read and what is good to read, I will be featuring who and what some of Australia’s most popular authors and illustrators like to go to sleep with, or bathe with or dine with…you get the picture.
And so to kick off our inaugural On My Bedside Table post we begin with a clutch of very clever children’s authors and illustrators. Look carefully and you may just pick up an idea or two for your own reading list. Enjoy!
Susanne Gervay ~ Children’s and YA award winning author and patron, director and co-ordinator of numerous societies associated with Kids’ Lit.
• Conspiracy 365 (series) by Gabrielle Lord
• Hey Baby! Corinne Fenton (picture book)
• Trust Me Too edited by Paul Collins (anthology of stories)
• Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood illustrated by Terry Denton
• Lighthorse Boy by Dianne Wolfer illustrated by Brian Simmonds
• Ten Tiny Things by Meg mcKinlay illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers
• I have a pile of picture books and illustrated stories at the moment. Maybe because I’m into picture books – of course there’s my Gracie and Josh illustrated by Serena Geddes there too.
Anil Tortop ~ Illustrator, designer and sometimes animator
• The second book of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (via Kindle)
• SCBWI bulletin
• Nonstop Nonsense by Margaret Mahy
• Downloaded picture books (on my iPad to have a look at very often. But I don’t read all of them. Just look at the pictures…)
Michael Gerard Bauer ~ Children and YA multi CBCA award winning author
Just last night I finished reading Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. A powerful, moving book that I really liked. It’s set in what appears to be England but the country is under a vicious totalitarian rule as if it had lost WW2. The story centres around a young boy called Standish Treadwell and the horror of his life, and eventually his attempt to expose a fake moon landing which is about to be broadcast by the government as an example of their power.
I’m also at present re-reading Barry Heard’s book Well Done Those Men about his Vietnam experience and the terrible effect it had on his life. A great read and soon to be a movie.
Anna Branford ~ Writer for children, maker of things and bath tub reader
There is a funny selection on my bedside table just now! Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is there because I’ve been recovering from a cold and it is always my best companion when I’m not feeling well.
On top of that is a book by the hilarious and wise Oliver Burkeman called The Antidote, which is a wonderful critique of the practice of positive thinking.
And right at the top of the pile is Sue Whiting’s new book, Portraits of Celina, which is spooky and beautiful all in the same moment.