Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Announcement from New Frontier Publishing

Congratulations to Peter Carnavas and Tracey Hawkins.
Both The Great Expedition and Nancy Bentley have been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award in the Lower Primary category.
Each year, Speech Pathology Australia awards three Australian authors the “Best Book for Language Development” in the categories – Young Children, Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Indigenous Children.  
The awards aim to promote literacy and the need for good literacy skills, while building a library of resources that speech pathologists, teachers and parents can use to help promote literacy and reading.
These awards are very special to us at New Frontier and we are delighted that two of our authors feature prominently on the shortlist.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Storybook Challenge, New England Region, NSW

 On Friday 15th June I had the opportunity to promote the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge to regional schools in the New England Region. 

My first author event was to visit with students at St Edwards Primary School in Tamworth and then to The Armidale School, Armidale late afternoon.

"A big hello to all the lovely kids and teachers I met."

I was warmly welcomed at both schools, and the kids, what can I say? Wow, they were so very excited!
It was very thrilling for me too as the kids had never met an author before.  

To read my books and explain to them the story behind the writing process was akin to sprinkling magic upon every little head.

I arrived to a sea of smiling faces, little waves and everybody wriggling that little bit closer to be near me. I was touched. While it was another author visit for me- for them,  I was the mysterious person who wrote the book. No longer was I simply a name on the book cover.

As I read,  the books danced into life, with every word becoming a real storybook moment.  

The room filled with laughter and giggles as I snored my way through Max Meets a Monster. 

I had lots of questions to answer about writing of Nancy Bentley The First Australian Female Sailor . 
Most certainly kids are interested in history, and a snake bite had their attention!

Most surprising was the arrival of a Prime News Crew in Tamworth. They stayed for the entire session and  the event aired on the news that same evening. Click on the link to watch the segment.

I can't be sure who had the most fun? I certainly enjoyed myself as much, if not more than the kids. It was a perfect day in every way.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Carpet Court Storybook Challenge 2012

June is powering along and I have many exciting Author Events to undertake in the next 3 weeks . This month I am off on road trips around NSW visiting schools, promoting the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge.

Last week I had a beautiful trip out to Cootamundra and Young. It was a crisp day but the schools were warm and welcoming. After reading my picture books, I spoke with the children about entering the challenge.

So what does a Carpet Court Store have to do with writing a story I hear you ask? Schools in the region have been invited to enter the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge and each student in years 1- 4 has the opportunity to write and illustrate a story based on "What I love most about my community".  Entries are to be posted on the Carpet Court Facebook and the community can view and vote on the entries. The winning  entry wins a $250 Book prize for the student, and the school wins a $1,000.00 book prize and a wonderful reading mat from the local Carpet Court store.

Friday 15th June I am visiting Schools in Tamworth and Armidale NSW. The following week I'm off to Ulladulla and Bateman's Bay, finishing with an event in the ACT.

To find out more about the Storybook Challenge and how to enter, simply click the link below.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Nancy Bentley- Shortlisted for Australia's Speech Pathology Awards 2012



 Nancy Bentley has been listed on the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards shortlist for 2012.

Congratulations to all the authors shortlisted.

Secret of the Swords: Sword Girl 1
Frances Watts
Allen & Unwin
The Little Refugee
Anh and Suzanne Do
Allen & Unwin
Ships in the Field
Susanne Gervay
Ford Street Publishing
Billie B Brown: The Little Lie
Sally Rippin
Hardie Grant Egmont
The Great Expedition
Peter Carnavas
New Frontier Publishing
Nancy Bentley: The First Australian Female Sailor
Tracey Hawkins
New Frontier Publishing
Ready, Set, Boris
Andrew Joyner
Penguin Group (Australia)
Ted Goes Wild
Michael Wagner
Penguin Group (Australia)
Our Gags
Catriona Hoy
Walker Books
Violet Mack’s Remarkable Recovery
Anna Branford
Walker Books
Walker Stories: Lollylegs
Pamela Freeman
Walker Books
Sam the Cat
Sam Bowring & Andrew McLean

Book of the Year Awards 2012

Each year, Speech Pathology Australia awards three Australian authors the “Best Book for Language Development” in the categories – Young Children, Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Indigenous Children.  

Each award is based on the book’s appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

The intention of Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Awards is to:
  • Enhance people’s awareness of the role speech pathologists play in literacy development.
  • Gradually develop a nationally recognised pool of books that speech pathologists can recommend for the development of oral language and speech and/or sound awareness.
  • Promote the Association with the Book of the Year Awards ceremony.
The 2012 Shortlist has been announced. Winners will be awarded at a ceremony on 16 October.
                                                                                  Previous winners 2011