Inside the 2022 CBCA Shortlist

Inside the CBCA Shortlist The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Shortlisted Books for 2022 has been announced. Follow the links to those I have already reviewed or interviewed the author or illustrator on the blog. I will add to this list until the winners are announced in August. Congratulations to those creators who have […]

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Robin Klein in Letters

Letters from Robin: a voyage around my author by Jon Appleton “I do hope you continue to write when you have a spare moment – I look forward to hearing about your life in the UK. Take care and God bless – love Robin K.”  (Robin Klein to Jon Appleton in Letters from Robin) Many […]

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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly Inside the 2022 CBCA Shortlist Inside the 2022 CBCA Notable Books A hat-trick for talented natural history illustrator Sami Bayly who has her third book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature commended by the CBCA awards in the Eve Pownall non-fiction category. […]

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Round the Twist with Paul Jennings

Round the Twist with Paul Jennings It’s time for some nostalgia with much-loved, iconic Australian writer Paul Jennings taking us Round the Twist. Thanks for speaking with Joy in Books at PaperbarkWords, Paul. Round the Twist was originally a children’s TV series set in a lighthouse based on some of your short stories selected from […]

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The owl who got left behind by Martine Murray, illustrated Anna Read

Author Interview & Book Review The owl who got left behind by Martine Murray, illustrated by Anna Read, published Parachute Press. Martine Murray has a backlist of thoughtful, affirming children’s books with a touch of whimsy, among them the wondrous and idiosyncratic The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley  and its sequel The Slightly […]

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Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths by Julie Murphy, illustrated Ben Clifford

Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths (CSIRO Publishing) Author Julie Murphy and illustrator Ben Clifford write about their non-fiction book for children, Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths for Joy in Books at PaperbarkWords blog. Author Julie Murphy writes about Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths: Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths follows a year […]

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The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie

Author Interview for Joy in Books at PaperbarkWords I am very interested in reading Australian crime, particularly novels by women, since becoming a judge of the Davitt Crime Awards. The Torrent is Dinuka McKenzie’s debut novel. It is well constructed and written and is also unputdownable. Protagonist Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is an original character […]

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