“Everything is happening so fast, puberty is like a runaway train. Why can’t my body slow down for a second? So I can catch my breath?” (Are You There Buddha?) Pip Harry has a glowing backlist of YA novels – Because of You, Head of the River and I’ll Tell You Mine. She has followed […]Read More Pip Harry and Are You There Buddha?
“Trees tell stories about places … When you first stand in a forest, the trees all seem the same. But if you look more closely, they are each a little different, like people.” (The Book of Australian Trees) I have read and loved all of Inga Simpson’s novels for adults – Mr Wigg, Nest and […]Read More The Book of Australian Trees by Inga Simpson, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson
Book Review Much of Maxine Beneba Clarke’s writing is poetic, and often throws unforgettable diamond-honed punches. I have read and valued a number of her books, beginning with her short fiction Foreign Soil, in which the first story refers to a bike that evokes searing memories as well as a mention of patchwork bikes. Her […]Read More When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Sha’an D’Anthes is both author and illustrator of the new picture book, Bandits (published by Lothian Children’s Books). Bandits has great visual impact, is set in a slightly futuristic society and looks at significant issues in a highly appealing way. Thank you for speaking to PaperbarkWords, Sha’an. You have such an interesting name and pseudonym […]Read More Bandits by Sha’an D’Anthes
Inside the CBCA Shortlist “I’m a good writer, but I don’t get great marks because I don’t follow the formula like in Naplan. And I read books about words that are meant for adults, but I can never think of the right words to say when I’m speaking.” (When Rain Turns to Snow) When Rain […]Read More When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin
“There was a giant who stood on the shore of the sea. She looked out across the water because that is what she had promised to do long, long ago.” The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai (Lothian Children’s Books) is a significant multifaceted work. It is likely to become […]Read More The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai
Inside the CBCA Shortlist No! Never! (Lothian Children’s Books) is a humorous cautionary tale about sweet young Georgie told in deft rhyme by Libby Hathorn, one of Australia’s most highly regarded writers for children, and her daughter Lisa Hathorn-Jarman. It is illustrated by Mel Pearce. Thank you for speaking with PaperbarkWords, Libby and Lisa. Whose […]Read More No! Never! by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illustrated by Mel Pearce
Inside the CBCA Shortlist The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals (Lothian Children’s Books) is a fascinating and beautifully designed book that is garnering enthusiastic response from young and older readers, as well as in book awards. Natural history illustrator Sami Bayly has selected animals that seem to be ugly but she has found beauty in […]Read More The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly