Last year was a great year for Helen Milroy. Her work was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, while reviewers called her picture book Backyard Birds vibrant, bright, beautiful, wonderful, colourful and bold. In 2021 the First Nations author and illustrator returns to the backyard with her new picture book, Backyard Bugs. She shared some more details with us in the interview below.
In 2019, I had the chance to travel to Eungella National Park in Queensland to see wild platypus. I wasn’t planning to write an adventure novel starring a monotreme … And I wasn’t planning to spend a day battling mud and swollen rivers and carnivorous worms, either. But somehow, both of those things happened and Beneath the Trees was born.
Just days after receiving the Australian Mental Health Prize and right in the middle of NAIDOC Week 2020, Fremantle Press First Nations children's book writer and illustrator Helen Milroy was named the WA state recipient of Australian of the Year 2021.
At the Dog Park is a picture book about dogs and opposites. It is for younger readers who love dogs and rhyming words. Moira Court got the idea after adopting her beautiful kelpie mix Lucy from SAFE Perth – an animal rescue organisation. (Lucy is on the front cover!)
This term we asked some of our favourite writers to send us their top storytelling tips and tricks with a couple of writing exercises to boot. Take a look below and don't forget to download your free poster for the classroom or order it from firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the lead-up to summer holidays, keep children engaged in the classroom with our free activity sheets and teaching notes. We’ve also got a selection of bookmarks to give away – just email email@example.com to get your hands on them.
The year might be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of kid-friendly events to enjoy. Here’s a thought – maybe you can kill two chickens with one stone and buy a nest full of Christmas gifts while you’re at it? It’s a great way to support local authors and artists and we guarantee a good yarn under every cover.