Katrina Germein‘s picture book My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, illustrated by Tom Jellet, won the 2012 City of Onkaparinga Children’s Choice Award. Over 1800 students read each of the shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite.

Janeen Brian‘s stories, Archie the Superhero, and Millie the Frog have been accepted for Random House’s two new anthologies, Stories for Boys and Stories for Girls, respectively. Janeen’s latest two picture books, I’m a dirty dinosaur  and Meet Ned Kelly,  were both launched during March at Woodcroft  Library with classes of children from Pimpala Primary School.

Robert Moore‘s play Brewing will have a play reading in November with CentreStage Theatre Company and the University of Tasmania.

Rosanne Hawke’s new children’s novel Killer Ute will be launched by Mac Hayes, of Longriders CMC (Christian Motorcycle Club) at the Kapunda Gallery on Sunday 21 April 2013 at 1.30 p.m. The Kapunda Musical Society Inc Young People’s Drama Workshop will perform and there will be a killer ute competition, with a prize from Prior’s Automotive Services (so come in your ute!). Books will be sold by Raven’s Parlour, Tanunda.

Marianne Musgrove‘s new title, Forget-me-not Fairies (Hinkler), is being heralded into existence with a book trailer and song in preparation for the book’s June 2013 release. Check it out here.

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Meanwhile, back in the garrets…

Katrina Germein‘s picture book My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, illustrated by Tom Jellett, will be released in America on April 9 and Toys R Us will be featuring it in their autographed books program around Father’s Day.

Janeen Brian read her two new picture books I’m a dirty dinosaur and Meet Ned Kelly at Kids’ Day on Sunday 4th March 2013 as part of the Adelaide Writers’ Week. I’m a dirty dinosaur was also selected as part of the Australian Illustrators’ Exhibition to travel to Beijing, South Korea and Bologna. Duck Down (SOLO series, published by Scholastic) will be reprinted for the seventh time in August/September 2013.

Ruth Starke‘s essay on Don Dunstan, ‘Media Don’ for which she won the Patrons’ Fellowship, is in the current edition of Australian Book Review. At 11,000 words it is the longest essay ABR has ever printed. Ruth and Kerryn Goldsworthy will be ‘In Conversation’ about Don Dunstan and the media at Flinders Library, Noel Stockdale Room, on Friday 15 March 3.30 – 5 pm. Wine and nibbles. Free admission.

KillerUteRosanne Hawke’s exciting new novel for children, Killer Ute, will be released into bookshops on 27 March 2013. The Keeper and Sailmaker are also being released as new editions with new vibrant colours along with Killer Ute.

Killer Ute is advertised as the thrilling conclusion to a high-octane trilogy!

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NIPS XI hits eleven…

NIPS XIRuth Starke‘s award-winning novel about cricket and curry, NIPS XI , has been reprinted. This is the 11th edition since the novel was first published in 2000.

Janeen Brian‘s soon-to-be-released picture book, I’m a dirty dinosaur, illustrated by Ann James and published by Penguin, will be showcased along with 26 other picture books in the Australian Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition in Bologna, 2013. It’s presented by the Australian Publishers Association and Books Illustrated. The exhibition will then travel to Beijing and South Korea. Janeen is a featured author on the School Magazine website.

Katrina Germein‘s picture book Big Rain Coming, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft, is one of 14 classic Australian children’s books featured in The Advertiser/Sunday Mail Kids’ Mini Book Collection. The promotion begins Saturday February 2 and ends Friday February 15 with a different title available each day. Big Rain Coming will be on sale Saturday February 9 for the cost of $2 with the purchase of a paper. Find more information here.

VALE Jan Ormerod: The eKIDnas were sad to hear of the death of Jan Ormerod, one of Australia’s great children’s authors and illustrators. Jan will be missed both professionally and personally in our community.

‘Australian-born author and illustrator Jan Ormerod died in Cambridge, England, on January 23 after a long illness. She was 67. Ormerod was immersed in the visual arts since childhood, pulling inspiration from numerous sources, including comic book art. After attending art school, Ormerod became an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Education. She also taught in secondary school programs and in a teacher’s college before moving to the U.K. in 1980. Becoming a mother was a deeply formative experience for Ormerod, who hadn’t planned on having children. She relished the interaction between child and parent when reading a book and incorporated this intimacy into her work. Ormerod’s first picture book, Sunshine (1981), won the Mother Goose Award and was voted Australian Picture Book of the Year. She published more than 50 books in her lifetime; other notable titles included MoonlightGoodbye MousieMiss Mouse’s Day, Lizzie NonsenseWater Witcher, and 101 Things to Do with a Baby!’ (Obituary from The Publishers’ Weekly)

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News for the new year…

2013Marianne Musgrove’s novel The Worry Tree will be translated and published Turkish and Braille.

Chris Tugwell‘s script writing book ‘Dinosaur Theory – uncovering a new approach to screenwriting’ has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 AATE (Australian Association for the Teaching of English) school teachers’ catalogue and is also recommended on their website.

Janeen Brian has a story, Duck Down, published in an anthology by Random House (edited by Linsay Knight) called Stories for 5 year olds. Janeen’s book, Columbia Sneezes, was read on Channel Ten’s pre-school television show Wurrawhy.

Katrina Germein‘s picture book Littledog (illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie) was read nationally on Wurrawhy on Friday January 4th (Episode 116). My Dad Thinks He’s Funny (illustrated by Tom Jellett) was one of the recommendations for summer/Christmas reading for children in the Weekend Australian (15 December).

Rosanne Hawke‘s Mountain Wolf was a recommendation for YA readers in the same listing (reviewers were Agnes Nieuwenhuizen and Joy Lawn.) Mountain Wolf was also one of the ‘Best in Print’ recommendations for teenagers in The Advertiser, 15 December.

Ruth Starke selected Mountain Wolf for one of her ‘Best of 2012’ recommended titles in the December issue of Australian Book Review.

Robert Moore‘s Picture Book About Face was reviewed in BuzzWords by Margaret Warner.

Sally Heinrich’s illustration ‘Ephemerant-Day’ has been printed as an Avant Cards Artcard and will be distributed around Australia from 9th January. Check it out here.

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November news…

Mandy Foot‘s Captain Kangaroo adventure Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash is now available in bookstores and online. Captain Kangaroo has assembled his Aussie animal friends for another great adventure, the annual Vintage Outback Race, also known as the Big Bush Bash! You can see the promotional trailer at Captain Kangaroo’s very own website here and more images of the artwork can be seen on Mandy’s website in the ‘Children’s Books’ section. On Saturday, November 17 at 11.30am, Mandy will be at Shakespeare’s Bookshop, Shop 3-7 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga to launch this exciting new adventure. Mandy will be reading to the kids and will have some of the original artwork there for people to see. She will also be signing books.

Sally Heinrich’s novel Hungry Ghosts has been included on Paper Tiger’s 10th Anniversary top ten list of Chinese-themed Australian Books. Check out their list here.

Rosanne Hawke and Vikki Wakefield have been shortlisted in the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary AwardsTaj and the Great Camel Trek for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature and All I Ever Wanted for The Ether Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature.


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What’s up with eKIDs…

Dan McGuiness, Kristin Weidenbach, Ben Chandler, Vikki Wakefield, Katrina Germein, Elizabeth Hutchins and Allayne Webster appear in the September/October edition of SA Kids’ Magazine, a free Parenting magazine published by Free Run Press. You can read the article here: SAkidsMagSeptOctissue.

Rosanne Hawke’s YA novel The Messenger Bird has been selected for The Big Book Club in September. Check out The Big Book Club website here.

Janeen Brian’s picture books Where does Thursday go? and Columbia Sneezes! will be screened respectively on the pre-school show Wurrawhy on Channel 10. The show airs Monday to Friday at 11.30am (NSW) on 16th November and 19th December. For Adelaide and other states, check television programming. You can also watch them for a week after the show has aired here. Janeen’s historical novel, That boy Jack, set in the early Cornish mining area of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, has just been accepted by Walker Books and will be released in May/June 2013.

Mandy Foot will be launching her new book Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash at Shakespeare’s on November 10.

Vikki Wakefield‘s Friday Brown will be published in North America and Canada by Simon & Schuster and in the UK by Hot Key Books during 2013.

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Robert Moore has been awarded a grant from ArtsSA to attend a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico during October where his novels Pecking Disorder and Hard Pressed will be launched. Robert’s picture book, Noelene Knows Best, has been accepted by Featherweight Press in the US.

Janeen Brian’s new junior novel, Eddie Pipper, published by New Frontier (Little Rockets series) has been released and her poem ‘Chooks’ was published in the July issue of Countdown, The School Magazine. Janeen will be at Shakespeare’s Book & Coffee Shop, Port Noarlunga, to promote and sign her new book Eddie Pipper on Saturday, 22nd September at 2pm.Contact Shakespeare’s to book a place at the event or pre-order any of Janeen’s books for signing on the day: Shakespeare’s Book & Coffee Shop – Shop 3, 7 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, Phone 08 8382 3343, Email  –

Marianne Musgrove‘s children’s book, The Worry Tree, has been re-released as part of Random House Australia’s Vintage Classics series.

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