Jill Carter-Hansen illustrates Bearly There

Congrats to Jill Carter-Hansen for her gorgeous illustrations for

Bearly There

written by Aleesah Darlison

Bearly There, by Aleesah Darlison,  illustrated by Jill Carter-Hansen  

Published by Windy Hollow Books

isbn  9781922081056 

Blake resists family criticism of his favourite toy, the well worn Bearly. A superior, arrogant replacement bear appears, hatching plots to replace the bedraggled Bearly in Blake's affections. This is a story of loyalty and the negotiations involved in true friendship.  

 Sounds wonderful!






Jaquelyn Muller's new picture book

Congrats to Jaquelyn Muller on the publication of

I Love You 5 Lollipops

illustrated by Kathryn Zemmel

   I Love You 5 Lollipops  by  Jaquelyn Muller    

 I Love You 5 Lollipops by Jaquelyn Muller 

Elizabeth Rose has an unusual family. When they aren't spinning, twirling, parading or flying, she loves to spend time with each of them in her own special way. Through her colourful (and sometimes scrumptious) imagination, Elizabeth Rose reminds us that all love is important, regardless of whether it barks, tastes buttery sweet or comes topped on a stick! 

 For ages 0 - 5

isbn 9780646591490

Available on Amazon

Great stuff Jaquelyn! 



Andrea Edmonds' new picture book illustrations

Congrats to Andrea Edmonds for her wonderful illustrations for Ed Allen's new preschool picture book

10 Silly Wombats

A funny counting book, featuring ten colourful wombat friends who start their day getting on a bus. As the day unfolds they have silly adventures including  going down a waterside, swinging very high and driving racing cars! There are also hidden numbers to find. 

    10 Silly Wombats    by Andrea Edmond

 10 Silly Wombats by Andrea Edmond

Published by Scholastic Australia 

isbn 9781742836386 

 Looks heaps of fun!

Julie Hunt's The Coat a CBCA shortlisted picture book

Huge congratulations to Julie Hunt for the shortlisting of her wonderful picture book

                                           The Coat

The Coat   by Julie Hunt, illustrated by Ron Brooks

The Coat by Julie Hunt, illustrated by Ron Brooks

for the Picture Book of the Year, CBCA Awards 2013.

With beautiful illustrations by Ron Brooks.

The Coat stood in a paddock at the end of a row of strawberries. It was buttoned up tight and stuffed full of straw and it was angry. 'What a waste of me!' it yelled.

Published by Allen and Unwin

isbn  9781741146059

Richly deserved!

Anna Pignataro's two new titles

Forever   by Anna Pignataro

Forever by Anna Pignataro

Everyone seems to be producing in pairs!

Anna Pignataro's new picture books are:


published in hardback by Scholastic, for preschoolers and stage 1

isbn 9781742830711

It's also being released this year in the US (Cartwheel Books) as Mama, Will I Be Yours Forever?

The world is full of many changes - from egg to chick, river to sea, day to night. But no matter what, Mamma's love for Oli endures forever. A timeless story to read together with your little bear.

and also:

Princess and Fairy Enchanting Carnival.

also published by Scholastic in hardback

isbn  9781742833200

A charming look-and-find picture book, the sixth in the Princess and Fairy series, with detailed spreads and rhyming lyrical text. The most exciting things may be found where you least expect.

Congrats Anna!

Ships in the Field a 2013 CBCA Notable

Ships in the Field   by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro

Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro

Congratulations to SCBWI members Anna Pignataro (illustrator) and Susanne Gervay (author), whose beautiful picture book

Ships in the Field

is a CBCA Notable Book, in both the Picture Book and Early Childhood categories!

published by Ford Street Publishing

isbn  97811921665233

A picture book with a message for all ages!

Two new picture books for Sally Odgers

Bushland Lullaby   by Sally Odgers

Bushland Lullaby by Sally Odgers

  The Way of the Drago  n by Sally Odgers

The Way of the Dragon by Sally Odgers

Sally Odgers has certainly been busy, with two new picture books out:

Bushland Lullaby

published by Scholastic Australia

isbn 139781742831770

One by one, the bush babies go to sleep in their own environments. Each scene is described in rhyming couplets following animals as diverse as crocodiles and wallabies. The story ends with a human child.


The Way of the Dragon

published by Blake


isbn 9781741647648

Didymous Drake is fed up with humans. Denzil has been kicked out for setting fire to Dame Cooch's bed. Simpkins Smidgeon feels neglected by his big brothers. Whenn these 3 characters meet the dust is going to fly ... literally.

Wow - congrats Sally!

Hey Baby by Corinne Fenton now a board book

Congrats to Corinne Fenton!

     Hey Baby   by Corinne Fenton

Hey Baby by Corinne Fenton

her very successful

Hey Baby!

has now been released as a board book.

Published by Walker Books Australia

isbn 9781922179173

For babies and tiny tots. Never doubt just how special you are. A love letter to baby, with 53 beautiful photos.   


New picture book illustrated by Annie White

Annie White

is the illustrator of a delightful new picture book

Grumpy Grandpa

written by Kate Forsyth

Published by Scholastic Australia

isbn  9781742831756

            Grumpy Grandpa  , illustrated by Annie White, written by Kate Forsyth

Grumpy Grandpa, illustrated by Annie White, written by Kate Forsyth

A humorous and gentle story told in rhyme, following a little girl as she visits her grandpa and discovers that people are never quite what they seem.

Congrats Annie!

Hazel Edwards' vintage picture book becomes app

   Feymouse    by Hazel Edwards, illustrated by Kilmeny Niland

Feymouse  by Hazel Edwards, illustrated by Kilmeny Niland



Hazel Edwards

illustrated by Kilmeny Niland

has been given a whole new lease of life as a picture book app.

Fey is a large and clumsy cat born into a family of highly talented mice. This delightful story is about coping sucessfully with being different. Author's voice narrating, or read your own.

Available from iTunes directly.

Congratulations Hazel!

New picture book for Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay's beautiful new picture book is

Gracie and Josh   by Susanne Gervay, illustrated by Serena Geddes

Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay, illustrated by Serena Geddes

Gracie and Josh

illustrated by Serena Geddes

It isn't often - if ever - that a picture book has the power to bring a lump to my throat ... it's not a story about fighting a life-threatening disease; it's ... about life and living ... this is profound.  Jenny Mountfield

published by Ford Street Publishing 

isbn 9 781921 665844 hard back

isbn 9 781921 665851 paperback

Congrats to our wonderful SCBWI Aust/NZ President!

Ben Taylor's new picture book app

Danny Dimple Dares to Dream

Danny Dimple Dares to Dream

Danny Dimple Dares to Dream


Ben Taylor's new picture book app.

As Danny ventures into the backyard to practise his soccer, he dreams about becoming a famous soccer star. Dreams so often happen in the backyard - this is where things get really exciting!

Self published under BTC Enterprises Pty Ltd - iOS platform for iPad from iTunes App Store


Sounds perfect for a picture book app - congrats Ben!

Corinne Fenton's 'Queenie' released in USA

Australian cover of  Queenie One Elephant's Story

Australian cover of Queenie One Elephant's Story

Queenie One Elephant's Story


Corrine Fenton

illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe

will be released by Candlewick Press in the US in June.

A true story of the time when elephants were giving rides in zoos around the world. It follows Queenie's birth in an Indian jungle to Melbourne Zoo, where she lived for more than forty years and was an icon - loved by many children who helped celebrate her birthday and sent her letters

Honour Book, 2007 CBCA Awards

Published by Black Dog Books/Walker Books Aust 2006/2012

Richly deserved - congrats Corinne!